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Dorset Saturday League: Duo star in Wimborne & Colehill win
UNPLAYABLE pair Joe Weld and James Williams fired 144 runs for the fourth wicket as Wimborne & Colehill bounced back to form against Weymouth.
The Minstermen had made a solid start at the Leaze as opener Weld embarked on an impressive knock of 111 off 137 balls, which included no fewer than 14 fours.
At 106 for three, the hosts’ innings was still in the balance until Williams bludgeoned 70 from 68 deliveries as the deadly duo took their side to an unassailable 250 for four.
Wickets quickly fell from there with Weymouth’s John Ryan (4-17) swiftly working his way through the tail but Wimborne still finished on 273 for eight.
Gavin Will (2-26) wasted no time in with a pair of wickets before Weld claimed the scalp of Mat Lawes to reduce the visitors to 36 for three.
Weymouth’s Simon Browne (54*) stood firm but got little support from his team-mates as man-of-the-moment Harry Beardsley (3-27) added to his burgeoning reputation with the wickets of Cameron Armfield and David Trotter before dismissing Harry Mitchell for a duck.
Andy Jones and the unbeaten Graham Puckett both put on 14 alongside Browne but Weymouth could only muster 150 for eight from their 50 overs.
Next week, James Miller’s men take on in-form Broadstone who fought back from a shocking start to record a five-wicket success at Stalbridge.
An imperious showing from James Rimmer (5-24) appeared to have put the visitors in control as Stalbridge were restricted to 151 for nine before Steve Forshaw (26) and Simon Sweatman (32*) added an unexpected 51 during a final fling at the crease.
Set a target 203 to win, Broadstone’s response got off to an awful start. Stuart Sweatman (2- 27) took out openers Pete Russell and Daniel Cook for single figures before Matthew Swindlehurst’s wicket fell at just 16 for three.
However, a stunning fightback saw James Brown fire an unbeaten 87 from 83 balls, while partner-in-crime Steve Trembath blasted 57 runs – featuring five fours and five sixes – off 27 deliveries to save the day.
The pair put on 94 for the fifth wicket before Trembath racked up 65 alongside Carlyle Collins (14*) to win the match with 13 overs to spare.
Victory saw Broadstone jump up to second in the standings behind early pacesetters Parley, who registered a comfortable 91-run success over bottom side Ferndown Wayfarers.
Rob Viney (31) and Alex Nippard (36) scored well before the reigning champions were bowled out for 159 as Karl Jensen (3-16) made his way through the tail.
But Roshan Embalagama (4-12) and Tom Barber (3-6) ripped through the visitors’ resistance as Ferndown managed a meek 68 in response.
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