Wellington were disappointing in this WEPL Somerset Division match away to Bridgwater 2nd XI last weekend as they were well beaten by 135 runs and collected just five points from the game as they took on a reserve side in a league game for the first time ever.
Matters had started well for Wellington as they won the toss and asked Bridgwater to take first knock and Luke Desave – captain on the day – struck with the first ball of the game as Coombes was caught behind by Zandre Swartz and when he added Pople to his tally the home side were 10-2 and in some bother.
They got to 66 before another wicket was lost through Adam Rimell taking a debut Wellington league wicket through another Swartz catch – one of five dismissals on the day for him.
Bridgwater reached this stage in some 18 overs and then added 174 runs in the remaining 32 overs as Wellington were contained by two knocks of 78 – from Vickery and Skidmore respectively – and with E.Habberfield making 37 strengthened the middle order show for the home side.
Through off spin from Paul Short and Arron Campbell Wellington claimed full bowling points as they took five wickets in 18 overs combined – Campbell’s 4-42 in eight overs saw three wickets taken in the last over of the innings as Bridgwater totalled 240 in 50 overs.
Wellington’s innings never really got going as they were shot out for 105 in 26.2 overs with Bridgwater skipper Higgins making early inroads with 3-27 in 10 good overs and this was followed with a five wickets haul for E.Habberfield.
Luke Desave with 20, Jack Beal with 14, Paul Short and Dom Drew with 12 each were the players in double figures for Wellington.
Wellington 2nd XI 208-5 Street 2nd XI 164-9
Wellington 2nd XI sit atop Division Five of the Somerset League following this 44 run win over Street 2nd XI at home last week when a good all round showing was on offer from Rob Moysey’s team.
Street asked Wellington to bat first and after losing a wicket at 21 Trevor Brooks and Kevin Crout pushed the score on to 85 before Crout was bowled for 18.
All the time Brooks was crafting a knock of 66 that was the basis of Wellington making over 200 and collecting full batting points.
Ben Salter with 12 made a good debut knock for Wellington in the middle order and the final push was managed by Neil Hendy with a thumping unbeaten knock of 63 and Mark Salter with a quickfire 20.
M.Davey took two wickets for Street, but he was expensive.
Lee and Jake Nichol were in good form with the new ball for Wellington’s second string once more as Street were denied the start they were looking for – the brothers let just 44 runs go in their 18 overs combined.
Charlie Burrough – in two spells – took 1-37 in nine overs as he made the step up well.
Ben Salter claimed a wicket and then the game was closed out by Neil Hendy’s accurate medium pace that took 3-16 in 9 overs and Rob Moysey’s leg spin took 3-22 in six overs.
K.Wall with 30 and Burge with 26 were Street’s top scorers on the day, but they never really got close to Wellington.
Wellington took 34 points to Street’s 13.
Wellington 3rd XI 169-7 South Petherton 2nd XI 136
Wellington 3rd XI are second in Division Eight South of the Somerset League after this fine 33 run win over one of their closest challengers last weekend when a great display in the field backed up a solid show with the bat.
Wellington were asked to bat first and saw Dave Luxton and Richard Henwood have to deal with some good accurate South Petherton bowling that saw the pair have to wait for the bad ball that rarely came along.
Luxton was first out caught behind for 25 with three fours when he glanced one through to the keeper.
Henwood was joined by his skipper Des Campbell and they picked the rate up as they added 73 for the second wicket with good shots all around the wicket – a sixth batting point was just one run away when leg spinner Wrixton bowled Henwood for 42 and then took another wicket next ball to be on a hat-trick as Petherton fought back.
Campbell made another crisp half century and had made 64 when he was caught on the boundary.
Another two wickets in two balls situation came about and saw the score was 130-5 with six overs to go; the canny play of Tom Hawkings, who made 21no and was well aided by Ben Evett, David Derrick and Ollie Beale added some 39 runs in this period to set a final total of 169-8 at tea.
Wellington came hard at South Petherton as Macaulay Campbell took two wickets in his third over on his way to 2-26 in eight overs.
Catchpole with 37 hit the ball well square of the wicket and found several middle order partners got going, but just did not quite have the ability to go on.
Ollie Beale and Ryan Henwood bowled frugally for Wellington.
Ben Evett made it seven wickets in two games for the Red and Blacks third string as he took 4-23 in eight overs and struck up a good partnership with Tom Brooks behind the stumps.
At 111-7 Petherton were in trouble with Tom Hawkings having joined the attack, but Clayton was not going to give up without a fight and he lofted a six over square leg and was close to doing the same when Ben Evett pocketed a fine catch on the run and when last man Young chipped one up to Ryan Henwood Wellington had a fifth win from five games played (one other has been cancelled) and 33 good points to Petherton’s 13.
Wellington Sunday XI 195-6 North Petherton Sunday XI 181-6
Wellington Sunday XI opened their Taunton and District Sunday League Division A season with this 14 run 23 point win at fellow WEPL Somerset Division club North Petherton last weekend in hot conditions and did well in the field after just falling short of taking full batting points having decided to bat first.
Robin Davies and Zandre Swartz opened up for Wellington and batting most positively for the Red and Blacks as they added 21; their stand was ended when Swartz got a decent delivery from left arm seamer Winter and was caught behind.
Arron Campbell joined Davies and they got together to add 64 runs for the second wicket with Davies pulling the ball twice for six as he just missed out on a third successive Sunday fifty – he made 47 before been well caught in the covers by Bowditch off of Rees.
Skipper Campbell made a capital 89 and was out on the penultimate ball of the Wellington innings having hit ten good fours.
Jack Beal with 11 and Richard Henwood with 16no helped Campbell get to within an ace of full batting points.
A strong home attack was seen out by Rhoda’s potent leg spin and former first class player Mike Burns and his off spin as Wellington dealt well with this twin threat.
Burns was caught behind by Zandre Swartz off of Jack Beal with the score on seven, but A.Burns and Irish put their foot to the pedal and added fifty for the second wicket before the Beal/Swartz partnership struck once more and saw Irish was out for 38.
Nick Crossing with 1-22 in seven overs did well in the hot conditions and he bowled accurately and effectively.
Spin is one of Wellington’s strong suits and this was a major factor in the win as Petherton got behind the required rate despite not losing many wickets.
Bowditch with 42 was their main hope of victory and when he was run out the chances of a home win were reduced even more.
Rob Moysey with 1-24 in seven overs, Paul Short with 1-27 in seven overs and Arron Campbell’s good six over burst tied the home side down despite Rhoda’s decent 29no.
Good late bowling from Richard Henwood saw the Wellington win was secured and a good day’s cricket was complete with Petherton taking 17 points for their efforts.