WEYMOUTH 140 (6pts) lost to WITCHAMPTON 164-7 (19pts) by 24 runs

WEYMOUTH slipped to a fifth straight loss as Witchampton claimed a 24-run victory at Redlands in County Division One.

Weymouth’s batting proved their Achilles heel once more after a solid bowling performance had restricted the Witches to 164-7 from 40 overs.

Captain Harry Mitchell was the pick of the bowlers with 3-22 from eight overs, while Lloyd Beals (1-19) also proved economical.

Gavin Wayman (34) and Andy Chambers (30) helped the Witches set a 165 total which Weymouth never looked in danger of threatening.

Numerous Seasiders made solid starts, including Tom England (21), Dom Webb (17), Mitchell (15) and Jack Sapsworth (14), without kicking on.

Medium-pacer Adam Croker (5-22) then ripped through the tail with only Manoj Somaratne (28) and Pete Sapsworth (13) reaching double figures.

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Speaking to Echosport, Mitchell said: “I thought the first four bowlers were pretty good and then we slipped off.

“There was no-one to finish it off late in the innings, no cutting edge, otherwise we’d have got them 20 runs shorter.

“Then with the bat it was a good start from the openers but poor after that.

“We dug ourselves into a hole and couldn’t get out of it. There’s no backbone in the batting.

“We want to try and win the game but people were giving away wickets all the way down.

“Only Tom had a good ball all day, the rest was just poor batting.

“We’re at rock bottom right now. We’ve got to try and get out of the rut we’re in.”