Shrubbery Hotel Somerset League
Premier Division
Middlezoy 164-9 beat Burnham-on-Sea 163 by 1 wkt

BURNHAM-ON-SEA 1st XI came within one wicket of notching up their first win of the season but were denied by fellow strugglers Middlezoy on Saturday.

Having opted to bat first, Burnham’s innings was dominated by a stellar 72 from opening batsman Dave Worthington.

He received little in the way of meaningful support, with the next best score being Craig Scriven’s 15 as several Burnham batsmen made starts but failed to kick on.

The tail was mopped up by Nathan Peppard (3-23) as Burnham were bowled out for 163 in the 35th over.

Burnham made a good start with the ball as Peter Harris (2-39) clean bowled Ben Robinson for 11 to provide the much-needed early breakthrough.

Barney Dillow made an impressive 54 at the top of the order for Middlezoy, though the visitors continued to take wickets at regular intervals as Scriven’s superb spell of 5-28 kept the game in the balance.

The hosts crept over the line with just under 12 overs to spare, however, ensuring Burnham remain winless after their first eight games.

Paul Grant (1-23) and A. Smith (1-22) were the other wicket takers for Burnham.

This coming weekend marks the halfway point of the season, with Burnham hosting sixth-placed Shapwick & Polden 2nds looking for a victory to give them confidence going into the second half of the campaign.


Shrubbery Hotel Somerset League
Division 3
Huish & Langport 279-5 beat Lympsham & Belvedere 199-7 by 80 runs

LYMPSHAM & Belvedere 1st XI were comprehensively beaten at Huish & Langport, falling by 80 runs.

The home side were asked to bat and Sam Mccrea and Tom Gooding made steady starts, with Gooding accounting for Turnbull-Kirk with the score on 28.

On an excellent wicket and fast outfield home batsmen Crocker and Powell scored steadily regularly finding the boundaries.

They added 208 for the second wicket before Andy Taylor bowled Powell for 73.

Crocker let loose finishing unbeaten on 154 as late wickets fell to Sam Jennings (3-67) as the home side finished on a daunting 279-5.

Pick of the bowlers was Gooding with figures of 9-2-28-1.

Lympsham lost the early wicket of Kevin Crockett (8) trapped in front, however Mccrea and Neil Chadwick eased their team to 91-1 before Mccrea was out for 35.

Chadwick (50) and Lymspham Concrete man of the match Gooding (45) looked to reduce the deficit but the innings fizzled out at 199-7 with Jack Neville striking a late unbeaten 20 off just six balls.

Next week, L&B CC entertain the leaders and old friends Trull.


MATT Counsell and Thomas Garner shared an unbroken 49-run stand to guide Huntspill & District to a three-wicket win over Peasedown St John in Division 4 of the Shrubbery Hotel Somerset League on Saturday.

Sam Lillycrop made 41 at the top of the order but a cluster of wickets left the hosts 98-7 in pursuit of Peasedown’s 144 all out, in which Shaun Lismore took 3-21.

Garner finished unbeaten on 14 and Counsell struck 35 not out to see Huntspill home from a tricky position.

Two Wedmore batsmen fired centuries in their crushing 219-run win over Burnham-on-Sea 2nds in Division 6N.

The aptly-named Jack Tonkin hit 21 fours in his 149 not out, with Paul Whittaker contributing an unbeaten 102 to the pair’s 201-run stand which left Wedmore on 323-2 from their 40 overs.

Ben Farnham (1-60) and Jack Morgan (1-67) were the Burnham wicket-takers.

In reply, Peter Gaylard made 27 before Andy Ashfold (18*) and Tom McCollum (19*) shepherded Burnham to a pedestrian 104-6 from their 40.

Bob Burgess took 3-17 in eight overs for Wedmore.

East Huntspill were soundly beaten by Wembdon 3rds after being rolled out for 111.

Only Kev Butt (44) made much of an impression with the bat in East Huntspill’s innings, and Wembdon eased home by eight wickets.

Craig Lefrere had a match to remember as Huntspill & District 2nds beat their Lympsham & Belvedere counterparts by nine wickets.

Lefrere took 4-0 from 1.4 overs, including a hat-trick, to quickly wrap up the Lympsham innings on 136, the chief contribution coming from Sam Neate (55).

In reply, Lefrere opened up and scored an unbeaten 51, with Connor Lefrere adding an unbeaten 37 as Huntspill cruised home in 26.2 overs.

Mark picked up 35 points in frustrating fashion as they were denied a game on a sunny Saturday by Weston-super-Mare 4ths’ failure to raise a side.

Wedmore 2nds slipped to a nine-wicket defeat at Cranmore 2nds in Division 8N.

Marcus Lee (28) and Dave Maddock (28*) were the only two batsmen to make it into double figures in Wedmore’s 88 all out, which was surpassed with a minimum of fuss despite an early wicket for Finn Cavanagh (1-21).