West of England Premier League
Premier 2 Bristol/Somerset
Ilminster 225-4 beat Shapwick & Polden 220 by 6 wkts

SAM Spurway hit a half century as Ilminster recorded their first West of England Premier League win of the season on Saturday.

Visitors Shapwick won the toss and elected to bat and it needed a run out to bring about a breakthrough, Sam Edmunds falling for 19 after an opening stand of 55.

That brought about a flurry of wickets, all for James Thompson (3-27 from 10), as the visitors slipped to 90-4.

John Stratton (33) and Will Mason (46) staged a recovery but, once they fell, Shapwick slipped from 164-4 to 191-9 as Harry Montacute (3-53) and Charlie Vickery (2-37) were among the wickets.

Sam Grinter took the final wicket as Shapwick were bowled out for 220, and Ilminster's reply got off to a fine start.

Louis Kraucamp (41) and Jonny Warry (32) added 80 for the opening wicket and, though both fell in quick succession, Vickery and Spurway took up the mantle.

Vickery made a patient 33 from 97 balls, with Spurway more brisk in his 57 from 62 (11 fours), to take Ilminster to the brink of victory.

Both batsmen fell before the job was complete, but Keelan Ashby (21no) and Jon Hurford (17no) had little difficulty in seeing the hosts over the line in the 46th over.

On Saturday, Ilminster are looking forward to a local derby at North Perrott, the team that they knocked out of the Baker Cup last Monday with a six-run victory.


WEPL Premier 2 Bristol/Somerset
North Perrott 199-8 beat Keynsham 126 by 73 runs

NORTH Perrott continue to lead the way in the early Premier 2 Bristol/Somerset table, as they picked up a third straight win on Saturday.

Jack Henderson was the standout performer for Perrott away to Keynsham, with a top score of 58 and bowling figures of 3-23 off 8.3 overs.

Put in to bat, the visitors had a sticky start, falling to 27-2 as James Fuller accounted for openers Gordon Whorlow (5) and George Retter (15).

But Pete Moxom (29), Henderson and Jake Symes (30) built good partnerships to take their side past the 150 mark.

Nick Taylor’s 16, and 31 Extras, topped up the score as Perrott ended their 50 overs on 199-8.

The hosts’ reply began disastrously, tumbling to 0-1 and 4-2, as New Zealander Henderson and Josh Marshall-James (4-42 off 10) wreaked havoc.

Daniel Price contributed 28, but only Fuller (60no) stood firm as his team-mates were dismissed at regular intervals.

Retter and Lewis Hunt contributed a wicket apiece as Keynsham were all out for 126, from 32.3 overs.

Perrott will defend their 100 per cent record on home soil this Saturday, as they welcome Ilminster to Willis Lane (12.30pm).