Chard 171 Wellington 101
Wellington fell to a defeat against relegation rivals Chard which will leave them a lot of results to go in their favour if they are to stay in the WEPL Somerset division writes Alex Sparks…
Chard won the toss and chose to bat first on a slow low wicket. The Chard batsmen showed a patient approach and reached 75-1 from 25 overs with Will Derrick obtaining the sole breakthrough.
After drinks things started to turn for Wellington with Arron Campbell bowling a fine spell of off spin dismissing Johnson for 40 and Micale for 20 in quick succession.
He finished with 2-22 from his 10 overs. He was supported by spin twin Dom Drew who also got in on the wicket action taking 3-41 to leave Chard at 128-6.
Luke Desave came back for a 2nd spell and picked up the wickets of Dalwood and C.Scott and when Drew ran out Draper, Wellington had Chard 9 wickets down.
Skipper Warren ensured Chard would finish with a competitive score as he put together an important 23 runs for the last wicket before he was caught in the deep off of Rob Moysey to see Chard dismissed for 171.
Wellington suffered an early setback in their reply when Ben Evett was adjudged lbw for 1.
Robin Davies and Alex Sparks set about rebuilding the innings with a 2nd wicket partnership of 44 with featured some nice drives from both batsmen, but Sparks, Davies and Kayden Hine were dismissed in quick succession to leave Wellington 55-4.
Arron Campbell and Luke Desave were at the crease and set about rebuilding the Wellington innings. Both had to work hard for their runs, but were going about things nicely before Campbell was caught just before drinks.
This triggered another mini collapse as Wellington fell from 78-5 to 79-7. Jack Beal and Rob Moysey added some late runs to get Wellington to 101 before Will Derrick was caught at cover to seal a vital win for Chard.
Wellington entertain Minehead in their last home game looking to finish a tough season on a positive note.
North Petherton Sunday XI 187-6 v Wellington Sunday XI
Wellington Sunday XI saw their home Taunton and District Sunday League Division A game with fellow WEPL Somerset Division club North Petherton washed away after 29.2 overs last weekend with the visitors well placed on 187-6 with just over ten overs to go.
Having won the toss and seeing that the weather was always going to pay a part Petherton opted to bat first and saw Taunton Town FC goalkeeper Lloyd Irish – fresh from an FA Cup win with them the previous day – and Winter put on 92 opening wicket runs in vibrant fashion as they lofted the ball well.
The breakthrough came when Irish was caught by Jack Beal at mid off from Rob Moysey for 50.
Spin brought Wellington back into the game as Moysey with two wickets and Sam Whitefield with two as well challenged the Petherton middle order, although their overseas player Porteous with 58 played some audacious shots.
Ben Evett’s great running boundary catch to get rid of Winter for 33 was a fine effort.
When Macaulay Campbell joined the attack he claimed two wickets in his opening two overs and Petherton were reduced to 187-6, but by now the rain was becoming heavier and heavier and the players left the field of play and took tea; they did not return as the rain began to ‘pool’ on the outfield and so the match was abandoned as a draw with Wellington taking 13 points to North Petherton’s 20.
Lympsham and Belvedere 222-5 Wellington 2nd XI 27
Wellington 2nd XI equalled their lowest ever team score last weekend in Division Four of the Somerset League when they were all out for 27 against Weston Super Mare based side Lympsham and Belvedere as they put in a fine all round show and so gained promotion for next season as a consequence.
Wellington’s second string equalled a 28 year old statistic that was made against Chard 3rd XI way back in 1989.
On winning the toss L and B were asked to bat first and found that Macaulay Campbell and Jake Nichol were in good form with the ball and let little go; indeed Nichol’s figures of 0-18 in nine overs show this… Campbell got the initial breakthrough for Wellington as Ryan Adams took the catch that removed Hosey.
This saw father and son pair Dave and Jack Luff settle in and then become the dominant factor in the game as Luff Jnr made a capital 69 which went a long way to seeing that his side claimed full batting points.
McCrea with 34 not out pushed L and B to 222-5 at tea.
Ryan Adams with 3-34 in nine overs and a wicket for Nick Crossing saw success with the ball for Wellington.
L and B just did not let Wellington settle into their innings and to this end a five wicket bag for McCrea saw that the Red and Blacks second string were all out for 27 in just 20.2 overs; support from Davies, Froud and Neville came too… Wellington still stay third despite collecting just six points, but the top two sides – Trull and L and B – are out of sight.
Games at Ilton and at home to Castle Cary will see out the season for the side and are liable to not be on the same level as this one was.