CATTISTOCK & SYMENE III 57 (4pts) lost to WEYMOUTH II 236-8 (20pts) by 179 runs

WONDERFUL Weymouth Seconds continued their unbeaten start to the County Division Six season with a crushing 179-run victory over Cattistock & Symene Thirds.

Andy Jarvis’ men have now won all six games but this was their biggest of the season and third by more than 150 runs.

Winning the toss and batting first in a game played out in frequent drizzle, the Seasiders amassed a big score of 236-8 from their 40 overs.

Brian Keane (35) set the tone with seven boundaries before he nicked Nate Stantiford-Knight (1-35) behind to Leo Gurd.

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Tony Quayle (20) nurdled the ball around with ease but Weymouth lost Neil Patel (5) to a bizarre run out off a no-ball, before Quayle was caught off Luke Sibley (1-34).

Weymouth lost Stuart Suggs (0) cheaply but Marco Nott crashed seven fours, forming a brutal combination with Mark Rogers.

Although Weymouth saw Nott (35) chop on to his own stumps via his back foot off Graham Bartlett (3-31), Rogers sprinted to a blistering half-century.

He launched his first ball for six and blazed to his 50 from just 21 balls, rocketing Weymouth past 200.

He was eventually bowled for 66 by Bartlett having blasted six fours and five maximums from just 27 balls.

Jarvis (19) and Graham Puckett (12) added late runs and a healthy dollop of 37 extras set the Foxes 237 to win.

Ollie James (23) drove Puckett (1-8) for a four off the first ball of their innings but the veteran seamer responded by bowling Lloyd Cleal (1).

The hosts’ main trouble came at the other end as returning seamer Tom Chedzoy was running riot, clean bowling Justin Gurd (1) and last week’s centurion Leo Gurd (0) in successive balls to leave the Foxes on 18-3.

Nott (1-12) had James caught behind by Quayle and the hosts’ innings quickly subsided as a magical spell from Chedzoy (5-11) reduced them to 29-7.

John Ryan (2-7) chipped in with a brace but Stantiford-Knight (9no) batted well late on to delay the Foxes’ fate, which was sealed when Taylor Mallet (1-2) bowled Wyatt Sibley (0).

Speaking to Echosport, winning captain Jarvis said: "A very pleasing all round team performance, particularly as we struggled to raise a side until the 11th hour following several withdrawals.

"Although quite lowly in the league, Cattistock & Symene had won their previous three games, so we weren't treating the opposition lightly.

"With Weymouth batting first, I was delighted with our score.

"I felt this was well over-par on what looked a tricky wicket.

"Several players contributed well but special mention to Mark Rogers, who smashed an amazing 66 off only 27 balls.

"Although the first ball of the Cattistock & Symene innings was hammered for four, the home team never looked in contention and were dismissed for 57 in only 21 overs.

"Season debutant Tom was the star bowler but was well supported by Weymouth's five other bowlers and by some excellent ground fielding and catching."

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