COMPTON HOUSE 195-9 (7pts) lost to WEYMOUTH 231-5 (19pts) by 36 runs

WEYMOUTH halted their run of five straight County Division One losses with a 36-run win at Compton House.

The hosts had won the toss and elected to field first with rain clouds hovering over the ground.

And Louis Holman (1-35) made the early breakthrough when Kieron Womble (2) edged behind to wicketkeeper Giles Reynolds.

However, Dom Webb was in majestic form and came agonisingly close to a century when he was well caught by Chris Haynes on the boundary for 99.

Weymouth skipper Harry Mitchell (50) continued his strong late season form with a half-century and Lloyd Beals (35) added useful runs to bump up the Seasiders’ total to 231-5 from 40 overs.

In reply, Manoj Somaratne (1-22) claimed the key wicket of Mike Harper (17) before Thomas Copp and Reynolds rebuilt.

Copp sped along to 42 before Mitchell spun House out of contention with his wicket and that of the attacking Haynes (1).

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Reynolds (51) was run out for a fine fifty and when family member Alfie Reynolds went for 29 the game was almost up for the hosts.

Hugh Tatnam (34no) frustrated Weymouth with some lusty blows to deprive the Seasiders of all 20 points, but the visitors ensured their winless streak was ended.

Mitchell told Echosport: “It was a really good result, we had quite a rigorous talk about how we wanted to go and get everything right.

“We needed to stand up and be counted. After we got put in we did that really well.

“And to take wickets when they’re building partnerships was really key this week.”

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