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  Saints retain the Brice-Nelson Cup  

AFTER three days and nine games of cricket Taunton St Andrews retained the Brice –Nelson Cup, a trophy which is dedicated to the memory of two local cricketing stalwarts, which they compete for annually against Taunton Deane Cricket Club.

However the competition went right down to the wire and wasn’t decided until tea time on Sunday and the result of the final tie between Saints and Deane’s Under 19 sides that was played at the Convent Field.

The opening pair of the weekend’s games were played on Friday evening in which Saints triumphed in both Under 11 games against their Deane counterparts.

In the three games between the senior sides Deane won two and the Saints triumphed in one.

The game between the First XIs at The Wyvern saw Taunton Deane choosing to bat first and scoring 247 for nine from their 45 overs, of which Jamie Stephens contributed 73 and Calvin Harrison made 54.

For the hosts Justin Burke ended with two for 19 from his nine overs while Toby Williams-Thomas ended with three for 38 from his seven,

In reply Saints lost an early wicket before a partnership of 75 between James Regan who went onto make 66 and Steve Jenkins with 26 saw the score move onto 86.

However wickets then tumbled and the Saints were all out for 160 in 30.4 overs, Josh Thomas the pick of the bowlers with three for 24 from his five overs.

In the Second XI match at the Deane it was the home side who batted first and posted 208 for eight off their 40 overs, Charlie Williams taking three for 20.

In reply the Saints reached their target for the loss of four wickets with an over to spare, thanks to 58 from Jake Harnett, 31 from Williams and an unbeaten 59 from Henry Graydon.

The game between the Third XIs went right down to the last ball and was won by Deane who sealed their victory with a run four. After being put into bat Saints posted 174 of which Rhys Hockey hit 56, Stuart Hockey 32 and Thomas Rew 22.

Deane squeezed home off the last ball, with Millie Rossiter claiming three for 33 and the evergreen Martin Baldock three for 43.

On Sunday morning Taunton Deane won the Under 13s game while each team was successful in one of the two games that was played between the Under 15s, which meant that going into the final fixture in the Brice-Nelson Trophy it was level pegging at 4-4 and all to play for.

After choosing to bat first on a fast outfield Deane Under 19s posted a challenging total of 140 for four, which included an impressive 50 from Logan DuPont, before he retired, and a quick fire 30 from Josh Thomas.

The hosts looked like posting a bigger total but were reined in by some tight bowling which included Jacob Hockey with one for 26 and a miserly one for 16 from Morgan Couch’s four overs, in addition to which there were a couple of run outs.

In reply the Saints lost a wicket to the first ball before Josh Couch with 23 and Jay Terry who made 28 stabilised the situation.

Harrison Barrett with 33 and skipper Jacob Hockey with an unbeaten 35* then came together to see the Saints home to a six wicket victory with 17 balls to spare.

This weekend sees the start of the WEPL and Monmouth Scientific Somerset League programmes.

In WEPL Premier Two the Saints First XI host Bishopston, in WEPL Somerset Division the Second XI are away at Wembdon, the A XI host Broadway and Horton in Division Three of the Somerset League while the BXI are away to Wellington Seconds in Division 6 South

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