Wellington find themselves one place outside of the danger zone in the Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League after this rain affected loss to Chard at home last weekend.
The raw scoreline does not give the true result as the weather got in the way of a third game so far this season and it saw the 12 overs were lost and Wellington were, in effect, chasing 142 to win, but they were reduced to 34-7 in 10 overs as Chard were in more robust form than had been the case when the two sides had met in the Baker Cup Quarter Finals just five days earlier.
Wellington, for the second game running, got a wicket in the first over of the game after winning the toss and asking the opposition to bat first when Johnson was run out as Alex Sparks and Zandre Swartz combined.
This saw Chard consolidate with a 58 run second wicket stand between Waller and Wright; Waller was stumped by Zandre Swartz for 17 off of the excellent off spin delivered by Dom Drew who took 2-26 in 10 accurate overs.
Arron Campbell – purveying the same trade – delivered ten overs of his own in two spells and went for just 20 runs and took two wickets of his own.
These players – aged 17 and 19 – did extremely well for their side.
Wright with 72 and Dening with 38 were the bulk of the Chard batting effort as Wellington dismissed their visitors with nearly five overs left unused.
Paul Short was the third off spinner used by Wellington and he joined his colleagues in taking two wickets with seamers Jack Beal and Ian Hewson taking one apiece to wrap things up at 187 all for Chard.
Wellington’s reply was affected by the rain and ultimately this would see they would need, by WEPL’s rules, 142 from 38 overs, but after ten overs they were 34-7 as only Zandre Swartz, with 14, made double figures of the top order as Chard bowled with gusto.
Aks Latifi and Jack Beal resisted and in five overs added 49 runs as Beal hit four sixes and in the end made an unbeaten 52no for his side with Latifi’s 15 been of high value.
Beal, along with Dom Drew and Ian Hewson, got their side to three figures, but when Hewson was adjudged to be out caught behind Wellington had lost by 32 runs in real terms.
Wells-Burr with 4-30 was Chard’s best bowler and the wickets were shared as runs and wickets flowed in equal amounts.
Chard took 20 points to Wellington’s five.
Wellington 2nd XI 104-9 Belvedere 67
Wellington 2nd XI are enjoying a 25 point lead at the top of Division Five of the Somerset League as a result of winning away to their nearest challengers Belvedere in Weston Super Mare last weekend as they edged a low scoring game.
Having been put into bat Wellington, to their credit, saw out their 45 over allocation, but it was tough work as only four players made it to double figures.
Rob Moysey’s 18 saw him be third out for 44 and Neil Hendy added a solid 13 in the middle order followed up the skipper’s effort.
Mark Salter’s 22 – the top score of the Wellington knock – contained three fours and this, along with a breezy 15 from Matt Bettles, saw Wellington just about get to three figures in the last over as Will Derrick and Tyler Fyfe saw that Belvedere did not get all ten bowling points on offer.
The home side were disciplined in their effort with the ball as McCrea with 2-18, Neate with 1-18 and Neville with 3-18 – all from nine overs each – did well for Belvedere.
Belvedere started well enough with a 22 run opening stand from Crockett and M.Hosey and this gave no indication of the horror show to come; this was ended when Tyler Fyfe took a catch off of Adam Rimell to remove Crockett for 8.
Rimell took one more wicket – a caught and bowled – and Neil Hendy took two, including top scorer M.Hosey for 28, to make Belvedere 59-4 with 20 overs left to make 46 to win.
They mustered just 8 more runs in losing six wickets as Rob Moysey with 3-6 in eight overs and Will Derrick with 3-4 in 2.3 overs dismantled the home side to bring home 30 points to Belvedere’s 12.
Wellington had put in a good show in the field and had defended their small total with aplomb.
Trull 2nd XI 210-6 Wellington 3rd XI 141
The battle of the top two sides in Division Eight South of the Somerset League went the way of the home side by 69 runs as Trull were the better side on the day and deserved their success, but Wellington still sit second in the table and can move onwards for sure.
The toss was won by the Red and Blacks and Des Campbell asked Trull to bat first in warm and humid conditions.
Trull proceeded to bat well with Crowe (21), Parsons (68), Smith (53) and M.Morrish (25) laying a foundation for a good score as they posted three figures in the 19th over.
Wellington had a better second set of 20 overs as Charlie Burrough took 1-27 in eight overs delivered in three spells and there were two wickets apiece for Richard Henwood and Mark Saunders.
Ben Evett’s direct run out to remove Parsons was a high quality effort.
Wellington saw four of their top five get starts, but not go on to that telling knock that was required to chase down the 211 needed.
Dave Luxton and Mark Saunders added 41 opening wicket runs that was ended when Luxton speared one in the air and was caught by keeper S.Morrish for 21.
Saunders made a day’s top score of 31 and was in good nick before hitting one to long off.
Des Campbell and Thom Trott – making his first appearance of the season – took Wellington past three figures and when Campbell had made 22 he was out to a fine one handed catch in the deep.
Trott made 14 before been one of Smith’s five wicket haul that, in the end, made for the end of the Wellington innings and at 119-7 and on a hat-trick the home side were in the ascendancy for sure, but Wellington’s last four batters did have it in them to get two batting points between them for their side as Ben Evett with 17 and latterly Ollie Beale and Ryan Henwood with the shots and David Derrick with resolute defence got the sixth and seventh points in this respect before Wellington were all out in the 37th over.
Trull took a full 35 points and Wellington 13.
Wembdon Sunday XI 161 Wellington Sunday XI 166-6
Wellington Sunday XI made it two wins out of two in Division A of the Taunton and District Sunday League when they secured a home win over reigning champions Wembdon last weekend.
Fellow WEPL Somerset Division side Wembdon opted to bat first and were indebted to their overseas player from Australia – Marrs – as he smote 64 in good time and it took a good boundary catch from Ryan Henwood to see the back of him as Rob Moysey struck.
Jack Beal’s seven over opening burst was good to watch, costing just 18 runs.
His new ball partner Nick Crossing was equally in good form with 1-25 in seven.
Leg spin from Ben Evett and Rob Moysey shored up the middle portion of the Wembdon innings.
Tyler Fyfe bowled his left arm seamers well and was rewarded when Jack Beal took a good catch.
Zandre Swartz bowled his leg spinners and in 19 balls took five wickets for a cost of 14 runs to see that Wembdon were all out for 161 with just under five overs left.
Alex Sparks and Ollie Beale added 21 in good style for Wellington early on before Beale was bowled.
This saw Sparks – who made a crisp 64 – and skipper Arron Campbell add 65 for the second wicket.
Sparks was out LBW and a second wicket in the same over from Keirle gave Wellington something to think on, but Campbell with 48 was seeing his side to a good win and this was secured by Zandre Swartz and Luke Vernon with Swartz cracking three more sixes.
Wellington took 28 points to Wembdon’s 18 and sit second with another six such games on offer this season.
Match reports: David Derrick