A FIRST league defeat for Bridgwater came at the hands of old rivals Taunton St Andrew’s, who made the most of a poor performance in the field from the visitors.
Just about the only thing Bridgwater did right in the first half was to win the toss as they failed to capitalise on the inconsistent bounce which appeared on occasions.
Mitch Windsor dropped a straight forward chance from James Trundley at square leg when on one, who went on to score a powerfully-hit 116, despite surviving another drop, a stumping and a double play run out.
Wicketkeeper Stu Standerwick was taken to hospital with a suspected broken finger.
Steffan Jones bowled well with no luck as a couple more wickets fell to leave the game evenly poised at 139-3.
But Keith Parsons (83) played an excellent knock with Rob Contreras to see their side to a massive 305-5 at the close.
Chasing, Bridgwater slumped to 11-2 as they lost Windsor and Chris Gange. Tom Clarke, playing aggressively, and Stu Butt moved the score on but both fell with the score in the 50s.
Skipper Mike Coles (85) and Josh Vickery (44) put together a stand of 141 full of excellent running and powerful boundaries to give their team some hope before both fell.
Steffan Jones and Scott Clapp kept up the momentum but it was just too much to achieve as the innings closed on 262-9.
Match scores: Taunton St Andrew’s 305-5 (J Trundley 116, Keith Parsons 83, L Alley 50, R Contreras 22; Mitch Windsor 2-66, Scott Capp 1-47, Ian Bishop 1-48, Steffan Jones 1-50). Bridgwater 262-9 (Mike Coles 85, Josh Vickery 44, Scott Clapp 30, Tom Clarke 29, Steffan Jones 2; M Parsons 3-43, S Venn 2-21, L Alley 2-57). Match travel Sponsor: Falcon Vehicle Solutions and Higos Insurances Services Ltd.
* NEXT Saturday, Bridgwater host in-form Downend (1pm) while on Sunday they welcome Devon Premier League leaders Bovey Tracey to The Parks in the Regional Final of the National Knock-Out Cup. Play starts at 1pm.
* ON Wednesday, Bridgwater A travel to Stogumber in the first round of the Somerset Minor Cup (6.15pm) while, on Thursday, Bridgwater 2nds play their rearranged first round Somerset 2nd X1 Cup match at The Parks (6.15pm).
Then, on Friday, Bridgwater travel to Taunton Deane in a Twenty20 match for the Barrington Coombes Trophy in memory of the two club legends who have passed away in recent years.