PARLEY II 116-2 (21pts) beat WEYMOUTH 112 (2pts) by eight wickets

WEYMOUTH were resoundingly turned over by eight wickets at Parley Seconds as their inconsistent start to the County Division Two season continued.

No sooner had Weymouth convincingly beaten Sturminster & Hinton, they delivered arguably their poorest display of the six games to have been contested so far.

The Seasiders were simply not at the races and were dismissed for 112 after losing the toss and being invited to bat.

Opening bowlers Oliver Sinha and James Miller both took 2-19 as Weymouth lost four cheap wickets.

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Skipper Harry Mitchell (25), Tim Guyett (24) and Pete Sapsworth (11no) were the only batters to break double figures as Weymouth were skittled.

Tom Rose (4-14) and Henry Evans (2-14) also returned excellent figures for the hosts.

Weymouth were given early inspiration in defence of their total as Adam Hoyes (2-20) claimed two quick wickets.

However, their hopes were soon extinguished when Rose blasted 67 not out, joined by a supporting unbeaten 27 from Jonathan Rake.

Parley scored so fluently that they needed just 23.4 overs to polish off the run chase and inflict Weymouth’s heaviest defeat of the season.

Speaking to Echosport, Mitchell admitted his side had been well below their usual standards.

He said: “We were poor, there’s no two ways about it. The toss was a big one to lose this week.

“The pitch was on a bit of a slope and the pitch was pretty green to start, so losing the toss and being put in was a factor.

“But, no excuses, we weren’t good enough with the bat. We didn’t apply ourselves in the right way.

“We gave away too many wickets. Only probably two could consider themselves unlucky or got out to a good ball. The rest was a lapse in concentration and poor execution of shot.

“I don’t think Parley bowled that well to get ten wickets, put it that way.”

On his side’s bowling, Mitchell said: “When you’re only defending 112 you’re trying to invent new ways of taking wickets.

“Apart from Adam, I don’t think any other bowler was it. Every other bowler looked undercooked with the ball, which is disappointing.

“The mentality of only posting that many runs carried on to the bowling and fielding. We were below-par all day.

“That showed because their batters, especially three and four, came in and showed us how to bat. They applied themselves a lot better than we did.”

Weymouth host Shaftesbury tomorrow (1.30pm) at Redlands.

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