Weedons just staying in touch on leader board

Weedon's Devon Nightingale runs Brendon Wellington out at Weedons Domain on Saturday. PHOTOS: Karen Casey

Weedons’ premier cricket team have dropped to fourth on the table after a 14-run loss to Sefton on Saturday.

Set 213 to win in the country premier one-day competition, Weedons looked in control for most of the game, but lost wickets at crucial times to be all out for 199 in 41.1 overs.

It was the return of Nigel Granger from injury that swung the game in Sefton’s favour as he hit an unbeaten 65 and put on a 100-run partnership with Ollie Bragg.

Sefton president Chris Rowe called it a “match-winning performance” after Granger came back from an achilles injury.

“He had been out since the first round but he has come back with a really strong performance,” he said.

The competition now moves into the second round before splitting into a top-four, bottom-four competition, meaning Weedons can’t afford to drop any more games to keep in touch with the top four.

Country premier one-day table:

Leeston-Southbridge, 1, 39pts; Cheviot, 2, 27pts; Sefton, 3, 27pts; Weedons, 4, 21pts; Lincoln, 5, 15pts; Southbrook, 6, 15pts; South Malvern, 7, 15pts; Oxford, 8, 9pts.

Weedon’s Gareth Painter shows commitment in the field.

Sefton’s Harley James looks to play straight while Todd Innes keeps a close eye from behind the stumps.

Weedon’s Jono Green charges in.

Matthew Rowe cracks a shot through the covers.

Ollie Bragg combined with Nigel Granger for a 100-run partnership to help Sefton through to 212 in their 45 overs.

Ollie Bragg shows good footwork.

Sandeep Singh just holds onto a catch.

Tim Harrison plays on down the ground in the 13 run victory over Weedons on Saturday.