Weston promoted at first attempt

Weston-super-Mare will be playing in the second tier of the West of England Premier League in 2018 after winning at North Petherton to clinch the Somerset Division title.

The Seasiders were relegated into level three for the first time at the end of the 2016 season and were determined to bounce straight back.

Coach Sam Trego, who had a season on the Somerset staff when he was younger, was delighted with the way that the team performed in his first season in the job.

Trego, the older brother of Somerset favourite Peter, said: “It’s been a fantastic season for Weston.

“Our aim at the start was to gain pro- motion, which we did on the final day as we were pushed all the way by a very good North Perrott side.

“I’ve enjoyed my first year in charge and like all of the players I’m very grateful for the efforts of outgoing coach Nick Evans, who I learnt a lot from.

“Simon Green and Andrew Fear have been outstanding at the top of the order, constantly laying a platform for Ryan Davies to score over 900 runs at an average of 90.2.”

Trego had fulsome praise for Weston’s promotion-winning bowling attack.

“The bowling unit was superb,” he said. “With Charl Willoughby and the young Tom Chambers leading from the front with the new ball sharing 50 wickets between, well supported by Ashley Allen who took 25 wickets.”

Weston were captained by former Somerset keeper-batter Rob Turner, about whom Trego said: “Rob’s leadership on and off the pitch was another major factor in the club gaining promotion.

“Having Peter Trego join us halfway through was a huge boost and he didn’t disappoint with 260 runs at an average of 55, 19 wickets and he helped a lot of younger cricketers at the club.”

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