Wellington bowed out of the Terry Mockridge Memorial Shield at the semi final stage last Monday evening when their best T20 form deserted them as they lost by 41 runs to Staplegrove on their own turf. Staplegrove 147-6 Wellington 106-8
‘Grove opted to bat first and their innings saw periods of powerful play as they planted the ball out of the ground six times, but still found that Wellington took wickets and at 54-4 and 95-6 Grove were having issues despite Pope’s 36 from half this number of balls.
With five overs to bowl Wellington would have been happy with the score, but 52 runs were added without response in this period from Graydon who made 29no and J.Pantling who made 23no and the total required by the Red and Blacks was more than they had anticipated.
All four of the bowlers used by Wellington took wickets as Arron Campbell took two, Jack Beal, Will Derrick and Dom Drew one each.
It was tough to get the ‘Grove attack away and although Wellington saw several good knocks made they did not get to the 7.5 runs per over asking rate they needed.
Skipper Luke Desave with 24 was top score and Thom Trott with 16, Aks Latifi with 15, Arron Campbell with 12 and Mark Bray with 10 not out all weighed in, but Cleverly with 3-19 led the ‘Grove attack well as they shared the wickets all round.
Taunton B await the winners of the Ashbrittle v Middlezoy quarter final which is being played on Wednesday 21st June in the second semi final which takes place at Wellington on Monday 26th June.
Wellington 2nd XI 133 Lympsham and Belvedere 136-5
Wellington 2nd XI occupy seventh place in the nine team Somerset League Division Four following this five wicket defeat at newly combined Club Lympsham and Belvedere following the two Weston Super Mare based outfits combining as one last winter.
Despite this not been an ideal position side for the side they are, in real terms, just one win away from a mid table position and will look to use home advantage over Ilton this weekend to push upwards.
Despite the intense heat L and B asked Wellington’s second string to bat first on winning the toss and this saw a flurry of three wickets give issues.
However Mark Saunders and Nick Crossing consolidated and then progressed matters with Saunders making 20 and this allowed Crossing to make a capital 58 that was the basis for the Wellington total.
Ryan Adams and skipper Rob Moysey with 15 each made a start, but an effective L and B bowling effort saw Wellington were dismissed for 133 with over ten overs left unused.
L and B attacked from the off, but found this approach did yield wickets for Wellington as Charlie Burrough removed McCrea for 29.
Rob Moysey found himself on a hat-trick as he took 3-24 and there was a wicket for Ryan Adams too, but L and B needed just under half the overs available to them as Counsell with 27no ended the match quite early.
L and B took 35 points to Wellington 2nd XI’s 11.
Wincanton 306-4 Wellington 3rd XI 190-8
Wellington 3rd XI stay third in Division Seven South of the Somerset League despite this 116 run loss to Wincanton last weekend in a game that was hosted at Sampford Arundel CC.
On a supremely hot day Wincanton won the toss and batted first and saw runs flow, but, early on at least, so did wickets as Tony Hutchings got one through the defence of A.White and had a smart gully catch from Andy Hurry saw the back of R.White.
G.White with 65 was the base for the visitors large total as this was added to by Williams who made a round 100 not out and D.Carswell with 44no saw that over one hundred runs came in the last ten overs to dent Wellington’s hopes of further success with the ball.
Hutchings with 2-40 and Hurry Snr with 1-40 along with a run out were the successful bowlers on the day for Wellington’s third string.
To their credit Wellington only missed out on full batting points by ten runs and their later batters denied Wincanton a full points haul through some gritty play.
Simon Burrough had made 35 in no time at all when he was caught going for a lofted shot and this saw Wellington’s score dip to 75-5 despite Ollie Wilkins making a decent 11.
Dave Luxton and Andy Hurry with a sixth wicket stand of 106 flayed the Wincanton attack all over the field as Luxton made 41 after been initially watchful he then opened up and hit six fours and two sixes.
Hurry played a quality knock of 74 that saw him hit the bad ball well and collect regular singles too and at 181-5 full batting points were on offer, but another stutter saw the team fall to 188-8 in the last over, but Jonty Ogilvie and David Derrick saw out time for Wellington and saw that they collected a good haul of 13 points to Wincanton’s 33.
Many thanks go to Vince Milton and Rob Chave of Sampford Arundel CC for their hard work to host the team on what was the first of three occasions this season that such an arrangement will be the case.
Wellington Sunday XI 202-8 Taunton St Andrews Sunday XI 203-8
Wellington started the defence of their Taunton and District Sunday League crown with a visit to WEPL Premier Two (Bristol and Somerset) Division club Taunton St Andrews last weekend and another close Sunday game was served up between the two sides with this one going the way of TSA by two wickets with four balls to spare.
After losing two wickets by the time their score had reached 42 Kayden Hine with 39 and skipper Arron Campbell with a capital 86 got their side into the ascendancy as TSA, having lost the toss and bowling in high heat once more, used all their bowling options.
Campbell – with five lovely sixes – added 84 for the sixth wicket as he and Rob Moysey with 24 played well.
Will Derrick – with a last ball four – saw that Wellington had gained full batting points as Walford with 2-9 in three late overs was the only TSA bowler to take more than one wicket.
TSA maintained a good run rate from the start of their innings, but lost wickets often too as Jack Beal, who is bowling very well at this time, took 3-29 in two spells of left arm seam.
Will Derrick bowled his seven over allocation on the reel which took some doing in the heat and was in good form.
Tyler Fyfe’s left arm seamers got a wicket with the first ball he bowled and this saw Wellington be in a good position and when Rob Moysey and Arron Campbell combined to remove R.Bowen for 39 and M.Contreras for 29 the Red and Blacks were in control, but a vital knock of 42no from TSA skipper Wadham that saw him nudge and chip away at the total gave Wellington some concern and with TSA number ten Hockey standing firm the home side just would not roll and so needed four from the last over and got what they needed from the second ball to take 31 points to Wellington’s 15.