WEPL Bristol and Somerset Division: Chard 1sts 162-9, Bishopston 126 all out

First published in Local Cricket

CHARD 1sts gained their third victory of the season in the Bristol and Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League on Saturday with a hard-fought 36-run win over Bishopston.

The game was reduced to 44 overs-a-side due to rain and Chard, batting first, amassed 162-9.

Chard had been struggling at one point when they found themselves at 66-5, but an important 67-run partnership between skipper Jon Dalwood and Scott Wells-Burr steadied the ship.

Wells-Burr hit 40 off of 43 balls before he became the sixth wicket to fall, while Dalwood was next to go after making a key and resolute 43 from 75 deliveries which had helped to give his side a fighting chance in the field.

It was Wells-Burr and Dalwood combination that then did the trick with the ball as they helped to skittle their opponents out for 126 in the 40th over.

Wells-Burr struck first when he removed opener Dave O’Brien for four and the Bishopston batsmen struggled to get going.

Wells-Burr finished with 4-44 from his 13 overs, while Dalwood mopped up the tail to take a match-winning 4-12 from just 10.3 overs which included five maidens.

Chard travel to Stapleton on Saturday hoping for another victory.

Dalwood’s side are currently in a midtable position in the division.

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