WEPL Premier 2 Bristol/Somerset
Ilminster 1st XI 253-5 beat Shapwick & Polden 1st XI 237 all out by 16 runs

CAPTAIN Sam Spurway made an unbeaten century as Ilminster bounced back from the previous weekend’s defeat to Keynsham with a home win over mid-table Shapwick & Polden.

The hosts elected to bat, only to lose George Hayward (1) cheaply, but fellow opener Louis Kraucamp continued his fine form, alongside Charlie Vickery (14) and Spurway.

Kraucamp hit 79 off 102 balls (eight 4s, two 6s), before being caught by Steven Tinnion off Wayne Spencer, while Spurway went on to reach 100 not out from 109 balls (nine 4s, two 6s).

Matt Davis added 17 useful runs as Ilminster finished their 50 overs with 253-5.

When Shapwick replied, they were reliant on Tinnion’s 76 off 59 balls, as the rest of their top six failed to score more than 25.

Ben Rudge made 34, though, and the game was in the balance until Kraucamp hit back hard.

He accounted for Rudge, Harry Woolway (2), Sean Stringer (5) and Archie Dunning (24), to dismiss Shapwick in 48.3 overs, 16 runs short.

Kraucamp ended with 4-35 off 9.3 overs, Davis 2-37 off eight and James Thompson 2-38 off 10.

Ilminster collected 20 points and remain fourth in the table, but made up ground on Bishopston above them.

This Saturday they visit in-form Glastonbury (12.30pm).