Shrubbery Hotel Somerset League
Premier Division
Winscombe 261-7 beat Burnham-on-Sea 146 by 115 runs

BURNHAM-ON-SEA slipped to a sixth straight defeat in the Somerset League Premier Division as Winscombe proved too strong on Saturday.

Burnham lost the toss and were asked to field first, which proved to be a wise decision on Winscombe’s part as their opening pair made hay.

J. Durrans-Paul made 78 and captain Jack Fraser struck 103 to lay the foundations for an imposing total as Burnham were made to wait for their first breakthrough.

The hosts fought back well with the ball, however, as Peter Harris claimed 3-46 and Rob Drive chipped in with 2-50 as the visitors finished their innings on 261-7 from their 45 overs.

Burnham’s response got off to a poor start when Harris was run out for 2, and fellow opener Dave Worthington (11) also fell cheaply.

Rob Driver and Brad House gave the hosts hope, putting together a strong third-wicket partnership to just about keep them in the hunt.

House fell for 32, however, and though captain Driver did go on to complete his half-century, once he fell for 64 the game was up.

Burnham’s tail offered little in the way of resistance as the hosts were bowled out for 146, ensuring they remain bottom of the table and without a win this season.

They will hope to record that elusive victory on Saturday, but it won’t be easy - Burnham travel to take on second-placed Taunton Deane 2nds at the Convent Field.


Shrubbery Hotel Somerset League
Division 3
Kilve 229-3 beat Lympsham & Belvedere 192-8 by 37 runs

LYMPSHAM & Belvedere slipped into the bottom two after a 37-run loss at Kilve. 

Kilve were asked to bat first and were fortunate to survive excellent opening spells from Andy Taylor & Tom Gooding before Kevin Crockett teased Peter Stone to drive to mid-off, where Neil Chadwick held on. 

Chris James and Andrew Rock added a 102-run partnership before smart work from Sam Neate saw him run out Rock (64), leaving Kilve on 139-2 with 10 overs left. 

Unfortunately those 10 overs accounted for a further 90 runs to see Kilve finish on 229-3. 

Kevin Crockett (1-30) and CJ Neate (1-37) were the successful bowlers and Gooding returned excellent figures of 9-3-15-0.

In response, Lympsham made an excellent start with Dave Luff and Chadwick both looking in good form until Chadwick (41) was acrobatically caught at deep mid wicket with the score on 73-1 off 18. 

The innings then stuttered with only Luff (64) making a major contribution, and his dismissal in the 38th over on 151-5 left his colleagues with a mountain to climb - despite 29 from Nathan Hancock, the innings ended on 192-8. 

Lympsham now have two important matches against sides currently one place above and one place below them and look to return to winning ways. 

Lympsham Concrete Man of the Match: Dave Luff


HUNTSPILL & District fell to a comprehensive 146-run defeat at home to Uphill Castle 2nds in Division 4 of the Shrubbery Hotel Somerset Cricket League.

Uphill’s innings was a team effort, with George Chapman (55) top-scoring and plenty of other batsmen chipping in as they finished with 242-7 from their 45 overs.

Matt Counsell (3-27 from nine) was the pick of the Huntspill attack, with Will Davies (3-62) also among the wickets.

Huntspill’s response got off to a steady enough start but, once Nick Slack (27) and Nick Jones (21) were back in the pavilion, the rest fell quickly as the hosts slumped to 96 all out.

In Division 6N, East Huntspill were beaten by 72 runs as Horrington proved too strong.

The visitors’ innings of 212-6 was dominated by a fine 87 from Tom Wood, while Kev Crenol (3-48) and Lee Waldock (2-32) impressed with the ball for East Huntspill.

The home side’s reply was punctuated by batsmen getting in and getting out, with several making promising starts but none progressing past Richard Cave’s 32 as they were bowled out for 140.

And in Division 3 of the West Somerset League, East Huntspill lost by 47 runs at North Curry Saints.

Sam Emberton took 4-33 as East Huntspill bowled out their hosts for 163, which proved beyond the visitors despite a fine 54 from Sunny Singh.