Wellington gave themselves a boost in their attempt to stay in the West of England Premier League’s Somerset Division when they won by two wickets at home to Bridgwater 2nd XI last weekend and with it collected eighteen points to move within four points of Chard and it is to South Somerset that the Red and Blacks travel next weekend; indeed fifth place is just twelve points away with four to play.
On a hot day Bridgwater decided to bat on winning the toss and saw their innings was a mixture of batters getting started, but not going on with matters as Kitch with 22 and Witts with 27 in their middle order showed.
Luke Desave, Jake Nichol and Ian Hewson used the new ball well to reduce Bridgwater – one of four reserve sides who were retained within WEPL after their 2015-2016 close season restructure – to 69-4 in 17 overs before Kitch and Witts made their aforementioned scores.
Jack Beal took a wicket with his first ball and came within an ace of a first ever five wicket haul for the side as he took 4-15 to see Bridgwater stutter to 107-9 in 32 overs, but a nagging last wicket stand that was worth 43 as Rossiter and visiting captain Higgins took up another 11 overs and annoyed Wellington until Luke Desave (3-31 in 9.4 overs) ripped out Higgins’ castle and the Bridgwater innings was over at last.
Spin in the form of Arron Campbell, Dom Drew and Sam Whitefield did a fine job all told with Campbell’s 1-24 in ten overs been of a high class.
Wellington did not get away as they wished to as Higgins with his extra height and Barrett with his leg spinners posed a serious threat for the Red and Blacks and their chase of the 151 needed in 50 overs; as the score was 24-3 and then 37-4 much needed to be done to deliver a vital win for the side and it was skipper Alex Sparks who played his knock of the season as he made a match winning 54 and added a capital 52 runs for the fifth wicket with Sam Whitefield who made a vital 21.
Luke Desave – with 22 – added a further 38 for the sixth wicket and when he was bowled by M.Habberfield (3-33 in ten overs) under twenty were needed and although skipper Sparks was out at 131-7 and Ian Hewson was lost with six needed Jack Beal and Dom Drew saw Wellington home and to a fifth win of the season as all of the bowlers did a bit with the bat on the day and this meant a lot.
Chard’s away loss to bottom side Butleigh sees that the game at the Dening Fields next weekend is a ‘biggie’ for sure…
Wellington 2nd XI 208-7 Street 2nd XI 103
Wellington 2nd XI are back on top of Division Five of the Somerset League following this 105 run win over Street 2nd XI at the Victoria Ground last weekend as the season’s double was completed and a full haul of 35 points came their way.
Another solid opening stand that came from Trevor Brooks and Mark Salter as they added 45 of which Brooks made 23 set Wellington on their way.
Ben Evett joined Salter and saw that a seventy run third wicket stand was posted of which Evett made an enterprising 41 as he took the chance to move up the order and used it well.
Salter top scored with 63 and with skipper Rob Moysey making 23 and Ryan Adams 16 this saw that Wellington had posted 208-7 in 45 overs at tea.
M.Wood with 3-31 in nine overs was in good form with the ball for Street, but M.Davey had leaked 71 runs from nine overs and this saw that Wellington’s second string batted at a good rate.
Street – who are looking over their shoulder at relegation – batted one man short as their keeper D.Wall was injured whilst in the field and only M.Wood with 39 as he carried on his great game gave Wellington any real worry with the bat.
Lee Nichol and Thom Trott took the new ball and gave nothing away with Nichol going for just 19 runs in nine overs and Trott nine in nine overs.
Rob Moysey and Ryan Adams kept up the control and accuracy of the new ball pair to let just 49 runs go in 18 combined overs and it was the left arm spin of Matt Bettles that secured a good win for the team as he took 4-11 in 7.3 overs as Ben Evett – playing as wicket keeper – took a catch and a stumping to have done a good job in this role.
The visit of Belvedere to Courtland Road this coming weekend is another game that falls into the ‘biggie’ category…
Wellington 3rd XI 192-6 South Petherton 2nd XI 131-8
Wellington 3rd XI need a maximum of 84 points from their three games left in Division Eight South of the Somerset League to be sure of obtaining the runners up spot following this crucial win over South Petherton 2nd XI last weekend.
On a scorching day near Yeovil Wellington were asked to bat first and saw that Mark Saunders and Simon Burrough added 26 opening wicket runs in good form before Saunders was bowled for 17 by the impressive J.White.
Tom Hawkings with 13 and Burrough – also with 13 – got started, but were both out by the time the score had reached 61.
Wellington were indebted to Miles Cave with a top score on the day of 43 as he and Richard Henwood added 74 for the fourth wicket; Henwood contributed a knock of 30 and was fifth out at 148.
This was the point at which skipper Des Campbell and Tom Brooks counter-attacked and added 44 for the sixth wicket and this was the stand that secured Wellington nine out of ten batting bonus points.
K.White with 2-23 in eight overs was on target for South Petherton who were the second side on the day to play a Wellington XI and have an injured keeper as Young hurt his back and had to be replaced.
Macaulay Campbell was in fine form with the ball for a second time in this fixture this season as he took the first four South Petherton wickets in taking 4-42 in eight overs to severely hinder their chances of chasing the 193 needed.
Charlie Burrough went wicketless, but was in good form in his eight overs delivered in two spells.
Richard Henwood was his accurate self again and took 1-12 in eight overs, but it was Mark Saunders and his tidy medium pace that was the revelation for Wellington as he took 2-19 in eight controlled overs and the wicket of Boulton, who made a decent 48, signalled the end of Petherton’s effort and with keeper Young having aggravated his back injury whilst batting Wellington’s aim was to have to take one less wicket before claiming 34 points, but despite trying all options Brooks and Palmer resisted and added 14 ninth wicket runs to see out their 40 over allocation and denied Wellington three points overall.
Wellington’s scheduled match with runaway leaders Trull 2nd XI is postponed next weekend due to pitch availability and will be played on Bank Holiday Monday – 29th August – so giving the side a week off…
Taunton St Andrews Sunday XI 207-5 Wellington Sunday XI 213-1
A brutal and quite brilliant innings of 130no with 13 sixes from Zandre Swartz saw that Wellington Sunday XI moved to within one point of Taunton and District Sunday League Division A leaders Bridgwater following this double points match that was played in perfect conditions and in front of a good number of supporters from both Clubs; Wellington took away with them fifty of the sixty four points on offer as they won by nine wickets against the Club who play two levels above them in the WEPL structure.
TSA had won the toss and saw their opener Hopper make a fine ton of his own as he made 105; he and Martin Jenkins – who played for Wellington for a season in 2001 – added 99 for their opening wicket in 19 overs as, apart from one dropped catch, they did not give a chance.
In the end Jenkins was stumped for 28 off of Arron Campbell as Miles Cave made three keeping dismissals.
Two late wickets each for Nick Crossing and Ben Evett saw that TSA had made 207-5 in their 40 overs and whilst this was still a good score it was not perhaps quite as many as they could or should have made.
Arron Campbell and Nick Crossing got Wellington away with a thirteen run opening stand before Walford’s left arm seamers got the opening wicket of the Red and Blacks innings.
This set the scene for skipper Campbell and Swartz to add 200 second wicket runs in 27 overs as they played in such a manner that TSA tried eight bowlers, but could not add to Walford’s fifth over success.
Campbell made a fine 70no as he drove well through the covers and glided well to third man and he batted through to the end.
Swartz reproduced the form that saw him make 116 back in May in the Baker Cup when he dominated then holders Ilminster; this time he played a chanceless knock of 130no and left all who saw it in awe of his play as he cleanly hit over the boundary an amazing thirteen times – the raw statistics tell the story of a fine knock that saw Wellington maintain their unbeaten record in the competition for this season and they will next see action at fellow WEPL Somerset Division side Wembdon on Tuesday 16th August for a T20 match that replaces next weekend’s scheduled long format game due to Wembdon 2nd XI’s appearance at the Somerset Cricket Board’s Finals Day on Sunday 14th August.
Match reports: David Derrick