Wellington bounced back from their opening day defeat to record a fourth successive WEPL Somerset Division win at Butleigh when Alex Sparks and his team did a professional job all round.
A good toss was won by the Wellington skipper who asked Butleigh to bat and he was rewarded with a fine show with the ball and in the field from his charges.
A dead eye run out did for Butleigh opener Drew before Luke Desave produced an absolute pearling delivery to see the back of the other opener Parnell and at 22-2 Wellington were in charge.
Apart from Edmondson and Berkeley, who made 19 each, the home side were all at sea against Wellington’s mix of spin and seam as Jack Beal bowled a measured spell of left arm seam to take 2-19 in seven overs with his accuracy shining through.
From then it was spin all the way as Paul Short, Arron Campbell and Dom Drew saw that Butleigh were all out for 97 in 43.1 overs – Short took 1-32 in 10 good overs with Luke Desave’s fine low boundary catch giving him reward.
Campbell with 2-9 in 8 overs was accurate and consistent with his line and length and bowled really well and Drew only needed 3.1 overs to take 2-5 including a fine caught and bowled chance as Butleigh were blown away.
Ollie Wilkins was in fine form in the field with a catch, a run out and many good stops too.
Wellington’s batting matched their bowling as Arron Campbell and Robin Davies raced away to a 67 run opening stand in 13 overs as both drove well on both side of the wicket.
They were well set when Davies was run out at the non striker’s end for 25, but Campbell continued to 35 and the job was close to been done.
Alex Sparks hit a breezy 14 and the job was done by Zandre Swartz with a six to win the game with to give Wellington 20 points to Butleigh’s one.
Wellington 2nd XI 149-7 Trull 127
Wellington 2nd XI battled back from a hard start to their innings to record a win over Trull in Division Five of the Somerset League last weekend when a fine bowling effort saw them win at home.
The side were put into bat once more and at 39-4 were in trouble despite Marc Holloway and Kevin Crout both getting going with knocks of 18 and 13 respectively.
Neil Hendy and skipper Rob Moysey steadied things with a fifth wicket stand of 37 as the skipper’s 33no made a lot of difference to his side’s effort with the bat.
He was assisted well by Lewis Sparks, Darren Davis and Ben Evett who with 17, 12 and 19no bolstered the score to get to 149-7 at tea.
Trull had bowled well with Parsons taking 3-20 in nine overs and Lawton 2-12 in nine too doing well for the visiting side.
Trull did not chase the 150 needed to win in a comfortable manner as Lee and Jake Nichol removed the openers early and cheaply.
Jake’s 3-16 in nine overs represents a fine effort and Lee’s 1-32 in nine overs too was decent also.
Darren Davis nipped one wicket out in the middle order and with Neil Hendy’s seven overs going for just one more run than the number of overs he bowled, at 57-6 Trull were in danger, but with Parsons lashing 45 the game was not over totally as a 36 run eighth wicket stand showed, but it was Rob Moysey’s leg spin that served up 4-12 in 7.1 overs and saw Wellington to a 22 run 32 point win and not for the first time his intervention was critical and telling.
Wellington 3rd XI 286-5 All Saints 124-7
Wellington 3rd XI once more scored heavily in Division Eight South of the Somerset League last weekend with a 162 run win over All Saints in a game that was played at Milverton CC last weekend.
Batting first once more saw Dave Luxton and Mark Saunders carry on from where they had left off at Ilminster the weekend before and this time their opening stand was worth 25 when Luxton pulled a muscle and had to retire injured for six, but he was able to take to the field later.
This saw Richard Henwood come to the crease and he scored at a good pace with a knock of 56 so that when he was out with the team score at 85 there were 22 overs left.
Wellington took 201 from this allocation as Saunders slammed five sixes in a knock of 111 as he and skipper Des Campbell with a fine knock of 69 added 177 second wicket runs to take Wellington towards 300; Matt Bettles with 13 added a last dose of runs to the Red and Blacks third string’s total.
For All Saints – from near Axminster – Wallace with 3-33 from his eight overs was the best bowler by far.
In three games played between the two sides Saints have scored just 348 runs in 129 overs faced and this was another slow affair when they batted.
Charlie Burrough removed Seaward for no score and Matt Bettles ran out Bryant and at 9-2 Saints were in a spot of bother.
Macaulay Campbell went for just 15 runs in his six overs.
Further good bowling from youngsters Ollie Beale and Ryan Henwood kept the runs down in the middle overs as Wallace now batted well for Saints with 35.
Wickets for Richard Henwood and Matt Bettles saw Wellington had taken seven wickets all told and an unbroken stand of 24 between P.Willmington and Empson ended the game.
Wellington took 32 points and All Saints 11.