Wellington maintain a 33 point advantage in the race to secure a place in the new look WEPL set up for 2016 despite conceding the season’s double to Ashbrittle at home last weekend when the visitors won by 53 runs to go with May’s success at Appley.
Wellington stay fifth in the WEPL Somerset Division and have one place’s ‘leverage’ to play with, but having won five in a row have now lost two in a row and need to use the five games they have left just to make sure of their position in the Premier League set up.
This was a disappointing defeat for Wellington, but Ashbrittle bowled well and for a second week whilst chasing an eminently gettable total the Red and Blacks never really got on top of matters.
Following Friday’s torrential day of rain the toss was won by Wellington and they asked Ashbrittle to bat first and this saw Luke Desave and Ian Hewson deliver eight good overs each with the new ball as Ashbrittle made some good progress, albeit slowly.
Dan Quick was run out with the score on eight, but Wilf Embleton and Andy Hill got Ashbrittle into the forties before two wickets were lost for no runs as Thom Trott bowled both Embleton and Luke Williams and at 42-3 Wellington were in a good situation.
Former Wellington player Indika Weerawarna hit 37 as he and Andy Hill added 57 for Ashbrittle’s fourth wicket which was ended when Paul Short removed Weerawarna caught for 37.
Hill anchored the Ashbrittle innings with a second fifty of the season against Wellington in making a fine 55.
A second successive fifty plus stand came about through Ashbrittle skipper Jack Bradbury and at 153-4 Ashbrittle were in line to make over 200, but Arron Campbell’s off spin was potent as he took three late scalps to see that Ashbrittle would close on 180-9 in 50 overs.
A rate of 3.60 runs per over throughout 50 overs was confronting Wellington, but at 27-4 they were in trouble as Jack Bradbury (1-19 in 10 overs) and Andy Hill with overall figures of 4-11 in 9.1 overs did the damage both early and late on.
It was not until Jack Samuel and Wian Gouws were together that Wellington were batting with some level of dominance as they added 52 for the fifth wicket with Samuel making 26 and Gouws 39 as both played very well indeed, but their stand was cut short by the leg spin of Luke Williams who took 3-24 in 10 overs.
Samuel and Luke Desave added 30 for the sixth wicket and this got Wellington past three figures, but the return of Andy Hill saw the score dip from 109-5 to 127 all out with 6.5 overs left and a split of points of 18-5 in Ashbrittle’s favour.
Broadway and Horton 158 Wellington 2nd XI 159-4
Wellington 2nd XI saw off the team who started the day three points behind them in Division Three of the Somerset League by a six wicket margin on the road last weekend and stay nicely in fourth position with five to go.
Aks Latifi – again taking charge due to Richard Henwood’s finger injury – won an important toss and asked Broadway to bat first on a damp track following Friday’s deluge.
The home side scored at five runs an over on average overall and at rates much higher than this at times as they played in a 20/20 style which, was exhilarating to watch, but was a lesson in how to get bowled out well short of the overs available to you and the price that can be paid as Wellington used six more overs, but got the job done as required with wickets and overs to spare.
Jack Beal and Will Derrick found that wickets fell and runs came in equal amounts as Derrick collected the first two wickets to fall as Chris Coupe and Mark Saunders held on to good catches.
The arrival of Broadway’s number four J.Payne heralded a savage few overs as the ball sailed over and out of this pretty ground and Wellington were in for a lot of leather chasing if this carried on, but on 30 he tried one big shot too many and Beal bowled him.
Ben Evett joined the attack and was potent once more as he took 5-25 in 9.2 fine overs of leg spin and he was crucial to Wellington getting the home side’s innings over with nearly 13 overs to spare.
Larkman and Pike continued with the smash and grab batting style, but both snared by Evett and some fine Wellington catching; this aspect of the game shone through as eight of ten wickets fell this way as Will Derrick was superb in the covers, Graham Sparks in the gully, Ryan Henwood, Jack Beal and Aks Latifi on the boundary too.
Will Derrick with 4-55 in nine overs bowled better than that and was a vital aspect of Wellington needing 159 to win in 45 overs.
Trevor Brooks and Aks Latifi faced nine overs before tea and got 30 of the required runs on the board for Wellington without any real bother.
After the break Wellington put their foot down and saw their opening partnership extend matters to 67 before Latifi was caught on the boundary for 33 – a good effort from the acting captain.
Brooks brought up a well made half century with a six and had made it to 54 when Mason bowled him – it had been a fine knock from the Wellington opener.
Mark Saunders hit a flurry of boundaries in making 31 including four in a row from Mason who did not take too kindly to this sort of punishment – he got his man in the end out caught, but not before the battle had been won in favour of the Red and Blacks second string.
Kevin Crout continued his impressive season with a knock of 28no that saw Wellington over the line and to a full 35 points with 6.5 overs left with Graham Sparks hitting the winning run.
Wellington 3rd XI 155-6 South Petherton 2nd XI 159-4
Wellington 3rd XI lost by six wickets at South Petherton in Division Eight South of the Somerset League last weekend despite some excellent efforts in the field by a bowling attack of whom not one was over 18 years of age.
After been asked to bat first and losing a wicket at 11 Mark Salter and Simon Burrough got Wellington into the forties before Burrough was trapped LBW for 11.
Salter and skipper Des Campbell doubled Wellington’s score to 81 before Salter was the third man out for an excellent 34.
Campbell with 39 including two sixes was top scorer for Wellington and he added 63 for the fourth wicket with Tenny Harlow who made a great 36.
Wellington totalled 155-6 in their 45 overs as Williams with 2-36 in 12 overs and Newton with 2-39 in 11 overs did well with the ball for Petherton.
Charlie Burrough took the new ball with Tenny Harlow as seam and spin opened up for Wellington and both of the Petherton openers were gone – Burrough and Harlow taking one a piece – by the time the score reached 37.
A second telling contribution of the game from Newton following on from his bowling efforts won the game for Petherton as he made 56no from number three and with Williams making 32 they added 64 for the third wicket.
Lewis Sparks and another wicket for Charlie Burrough kept the pressure up on the home side, but Purdy with 14 made a decent knock that saw Petherton over the line with eight overs left and they took 31 points to Wellington’s 11.
Match Reports: David Derrick