WINTON 242-6 beat WEYMOUTH 69 by 173 runs

WEYMOUTH were demolished by 173 runs at the hands of Winton in their Dorset ‘Thank You NHS’ League Division Two clash at King George V Pavilion.

Defeat to Winton handed the Seasiders sixth place in this coronavirus-shortened season.

Weymouth’s batting had improved drastically after an alarming collapse at Cerne in the second match of the season.

However, the subsidence to 69 all out is the lowest score Weymouth have posted since July 2017 when Bere Regis skittled the Seasiders for 50 on their way to the County Division One title.

Winton won the toss and batted first on a surface renowned for deteriorating in the second innings.

Attacking strokeplay saw Winton cash in as openers Madhu Gunaratne (30) and Harry Seal (53) both made sizeable scores.

Weymouth skipper Harry Mitchell (1-36) removed Seal after the batsman carved six boundaries and a maximum, but worse was to come.

Joe May picked up the baton and crashed a stunning unbeaten 101, containing 10 fours and three sixes.

Late on, Nick Nineham (35no) battered four sixes as Weymouth were put to the sword, Winton posting 242-6 despite three batsmen suffering run outs.

With Weymouth needing in excess of a run a ball, Nineham (4-23) made the crucial early breakthrough in the visitors’ reply to remove Joe James (0).

Shafeek Urumancheri (15) and Kieron Womble (22) applied themselves well, hitting seven boundaries between them.

When the duo fell, the floodgates opened as a whopping seven Weymouth batsmen recorded ducks.

Winton took a hat-trick to steam through the away line-up as Mitchell (5) became the only remaining player to score runs – extras (27) finishing top scorer.

Charlie May (3-4) and Matt Ryan (2-2) claimed excellent figures as Weymouth’s terrible innings ended in just 13 overs.

Speaking to Echosport, Mitchell said: “We were sloppy at the start, it took us eight overs to get going and they built a partnership, then you’re chasing the game.

“I thought Jack Sapsworth bowled well, good line and length, but they did bat well.”

On the batting collapse, Mitchell added: “I’m quite glad it happened, we’re a young team with experienced batters away.

“Looking back, we took a lot from it. Our middle order was undercooked – that was the second time I’ve batted this year at six.

“The top order had done it every single week. You’re asking guys to chase 240 and it’s tough.

“Their bowlers were swinging it all over the gaff, as openers go it was good bowling but there were some poor shots on top of that.”


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