WEPL Premier 1
Bedminster 92-3 (revised) beat Bridgwater 225-9 by 7 wkts (DLS)

BRIDGWATER’S inconsistent campaign continued as they were beaten by seven wickets in a rain-affected encounter at home to Bedminster on Saturday.

The hosts batted first but made a terrible start, losing five of the top six batsmen for single figure scores and falling to 67-7 as the Bedminster bowlers wreaked havoc early on.

Only Chris Gange (23) had shown any resistance at the top of the order, but it was a different story within the lower order as the scorecard ended with an upside down look about it.

Chris Singleton led the counter-attack, striking an unbeaten 70 which included seven 4s and three 6s, and he was well supported by Will Williams (41) in a partnership of 83 for the eighth wicket.

Chris Skidmore then enjoyed a destructive cameo from number 10, blasting four 4s and three 6s on his way to a 16-ball 37 to help his side to 225-9.

Rain then interrupted proceedings and Bedminster were set a revised target of 92 to win from 22 overs, and Skidmore continued with the ball from where he had left off with the bat by taking the first wicket to fall with the score on 26.

Will Williams then removed opener Saiprasad Sudarshan Kamuni for a run-a-ball 29, and Bridgwater had a sniff when Williams held on to a catch from the bowling of Andrew Roberts to leave the visitors 60-3.

An unbroken partnership between Rob Cunliffe (24*) and Joe Millard (8*) saw Bedminster over the line, however, and left Bridgwater ruing the weather.

The beaten hosts are on the road this weekend for a crucial match at Potterne, who currently occupy the second relegation spot but sit just seven points behind Bridgwater in sixth.

WEPL Somerset Division
Bridgwater 2nd XI 225-7 v Wellington 55-6 (no result)

BRIDGWATER 2nds were also frustrated by Saturday’s rain, as their push for victory was halted with only the Wellington tail left standing in their way.

Ed Habberfield struck an unbeaten 50 to help Bridgwater to 225-7, with strong contributions coming from Scott Clapp (36), Kyran Devitt (33) and Ben Coombes (32) as the visitors recovered from 126-6.

Ian Higgins then removed each of Wellington’s top three on his way to 4-19, as only opener Kayden Hine (22) made it into double figures.

Matt Habberfield picked up the other wicket to fall, before a run-out left the hosts reeling on 54-6, but only a further run was added before rain came to the home side’s rescue.

This weekend, Bridgwater 2nds host leaders Weston-super-Mare.