WEYMOUTH 220 (11pts) lost to HAMWORTHY REC 224-7 (20pts) by four runs

WEYMOUTH lost yet another tight game in County Division One with Hamworthy emerging victorious by four runs at Redlands.

In total, 444 runs were scored in 78.3 overs, with the Seasiders unable to clinch victory despite a valiant effort batting second.

Hamworthy had blazed their way to 95-0 after winning the toss and batting first, Jack Satterley (47) and Finlay Gordon repelling the home attack.

Shafeek Urumancheri (1-30) made the breakthrough by bowling Satterley and the big-hitting Grant Cormack (4) was tidied up by Harry Mitchell (1-26) soon after.

While Gordon continued past 50, hitting eight fours, Jack Sapsworth (2-45) claimed two wickets before a fine spell from Adam Hoyes (3-24) checked Hamworthy at 224-7 from their 40 overs.

In reply, plenty of Weymouth batsmen failed to kick on when making excellent starts.

Good contributions came from openers Kieron Womble (20) and Urumancheri (24), while Tim Guyett smashed a humongous six in his 13-ball 21.

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Lloyd Beals chipped in with 26 but the stand-out innings was that of Mitchell’s, who reached his first half-century of the season.

The Seasiders’ skipper (66no) hauled his team into a winning position, five runs from victory, at 220-8 as Mark Rogers (12) also crunched two fours.

But Hamworthy never gave up and Cormack (2-37) dismissed Rogers before Shibil Ummathoor (0) was run out to leave Weymouth agonisingly short once more.

Speaking to Echosport, Mitchell said: “We just lacked with the bat at the end, we didn’t have enough players that know how to close out a game.

“The track was very good, we just didn’t have enough experience at the back end, we did just fall away.

“The real thing that frustrated me was the last 15 overs (of fielding), some of our better players let themselves down, a couple of drops, all the basics.

“I was pulling my hair out. We could’ve let as much as 40 runs go, that was the game.

“Letting easy singles go and not walking in, that was where the game was won and lost.”

Defeat left Weymouth in sixth, with the division wide open this season.

“It’s really disappointing we’re looking that way instead of the top,” Mitchell confessed.

“I honestly do believe that if we had our best side out (consistently) we’d be right at the top.

“Where we are this season with the availability we’ve had, is still pretty amazing.

“We’ve been challenging in every game, we’ve taken teams that are stronger than us right down to the wire.

“Moving into next season if we can get good availability we’ll be in a really, really good place.”

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