Wellington lost in the Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League for the first time since June 6th when they conceded the double to high-flying North Petherton last weekend.
Petherton opted to bat first and were in trouble early on as Luke Desave ripped through their top order to make them 9-3 and Ian Hewson joined in to make them 29-4 and Wellington were on top for sure.
Lewis Irish and Tom Williams with a fifth wicket stand of 87 arrested Petherton’s slide by making 40 and 46 respectively as they took on and won their duel with the Wellington attack when they were batting together.
Arron Campbell’s fine five wicket haul set up the end of the Petherton innings as he took 5-38 in 8.2 overs and this, alongside Luke Desave’s 3-28 in 10 overs, saw that Petherton were at 135-9 with fourteen overs to go, but a crucial 49 from Lewis Knight who batted at number ten boosted Petherton as a last wicket stand of the same magnitude took them to a final score of 184 in 43.4 overs.
Wellington slumped to 56-7 as Knight now turned into a bowler of quality to take 6-17 in seven overs, but Luke Desave decided to turn his hand to batting and smote 42 as Knight was taken for 28 from his last three overs, but with former professional player Ian Blackwell and his left arm spinners did the trick as he took 3-13 as he ended the resistance of Desave who had added 48 for Wellington’s eighth wicket with Scott Davy who made 14no and wrapped up matters in Petherton’s favour by some sixty runs.
Wellington 2nd XI 149-9 Curry Rivel 153-4
Wellington 2nd XI lost to third placed Curry Rivel in Division Three of the Somerset League last weekend when a dominant opening innings for the visitors saw them achieve a six wicket win.
Aks Latifi took charge of the side in the absence of Richard Henwood who was out injured and found his side at 9-2 as Wilkes and Clarke did well early on for Curry Rivel with the ball.
Trevor Brooks with 33 and Kevin Crout with 20 got Wellington going again, but when Crout was out the home side’s score was still under 40.
Mark Saunders and Brooks got the Wellington score nearly doubled when they batted together with Saunders top scoring with 34.
Tenny Harlow with 17 played a composed knock for Wellington who totalled 149-9 at tea with P.Tilley’s 3-19 been Curry’s best offering with the ball.
Wellington got amongst the Curry Rivel line up early on as four wickets were taken for 43 runs as a wicket each for Tenny Harlow and Graham Sparks and two for Ben Evett guided them on the right path, but a delightful knock of 94no from D.Higginson assisted with 33no from Wilkes saw that no further successes came Wellington’s way as the visitors won by six wickets with 7.3 overs left.
Wellington 3rd XI 142 Trull 2nd XI 143-0
Wellington 3rd XI came up against a robust Trull opening partnership in P.Morrish and Kearley who overhauled the home side’s 142 all out in this Somerset League Division Eight South match that was played at Wellington School last weekend.
Batting first Wellington got away well with Macaulay Campbell and Tom Hawkings getting twenty on the board in just two overs, but both were dismissed soon after this point.
A 63 run third wicket stand between Simon Burrough and skipper Des Campbell spanned the bulk of the Wellington innings as both played in a solid and secure manner.
Burrough made a decent 24 that was ended when he was caught off of O’Connell who took 1-13 in 12 overs, seven of which were maidens.
Campbell made a fifty to go with his ton that was scored at Trull back in May as he totalled 60.
Wellington battled hard to get as close to 150 as they could and were all out for 142 in the last over as Charlie Burrough, David Derrick and Tony Hutchings strove hard for their side.
Chances to remove both of the Trull openers came the way of Wellington, but they could not be prized apart as they made 33no and 86no – Macaulay Campbell, Charlie Burrough and Richard Short bowled better than their figures suggest and Des Campbell’s off spinners were testing, but Trull consolidated second place with a full points haul.
Match reports: David Derrick