Wellington were denied by the weather again at home this season when in an excellent position against WEPL Somerset Division title pretenders Glastonbury last weekend as, having bowled the visitors out for just 128, they made an excellent start getting to 30-0 in seven overs before the last break for rain was terminal and saw the game called off just after 7.00pm due to an unfit surface.
Rain breaks had dogged the game all the way and it became 42 over per side match quite early on, but Wellington were into their stride early as Ian Hewson was in metronomic form with ten overs costing just 9 runs (six maidens in that total of overs) and he removed Glastonbury openers Lukins and W.Mason in his excellent spell.
Luke Desave backed Hewson up with a pacy spell that totalled nine overs (due to the loss of overs this was the overs limit at the time) as he took 2-31.
Jack Beal did well with the ball in the middle order as Glastonbury struggled to get going in damp and cloudy conditions as Ellison with 25 and Stratton with 22 were the only ones to truly get going with the bat.
Spin saw the demise of the Thorns innings as Arron Campbell was once more in the wickets as he took 3-29 in nine fine overs of off spin and three wickets from Rob Moysey and Dom Drew combined saw that it was 129 to win.
But a two hour loss of play from just before 5.00pm with Wellington well placed at 30-0 in seven overs through Robin Davies and Arron Campbell was never truly allowed to develop thereafter; play had to begin by 6.48pm and it did – just – and two wickets were lost to Hotham as the openers were separated.
When the game was finally called off with Wellington taking eleven points to Glastonbury’s eight Arron Campbell had made 19no.
Wellington climbed out of the drop zone as a result of Saturday’s results and with two games to go so much can still happen.
Glastonbury 2nd XI 189-5 Wellington 2nd XI 190-5
Wellington 2nd XI saw off bottom side Glastonbury 2nd XI on the road last weekend and collected thirty Somerset League Division Five points as a result and continued their tussle with Trull for the title who pulled two points on the Red and Blacks second string with a win of their own and this matter will go all the way.
For a side with all the issues that they had this season the hosts batted well as Graham and Locke added 94 opening wicket runs as Wellington struggled to make a breakthrough, despite Lee Nichol’s accurate nine overs that cost just 32 runs.
The breakthrough came when Wellington skipper Jake Nichol caught Graham for 46 off of Neil Hendy who took 1-18 in seven more accurate and controlled overs of medium pace.
Macaulay Campbell continued the good form he had shown the week before with the ball taking 1-18 in nine excellent overs as he and Hendy bossed the middle overs of the Glastonbury innings.
Jake Nichol removed Locke for 59 and T.Hall for 33 on his way to taking 2-46 in nine overs and Ben Evett took Wellington’s last wicket to fall and it would be 190 to win.
Mark Salter – recovered from his calf issue from the week before – and Aks Latifi opened for Wellington and had 14 on the board before Salter was bowled for 11.
Ben Evett – in good batting form at this time – cracked 17 and was out with the score at 52-2 to I.Morland who took 3-19 in five overs and was, curiously, not used again.
Latifi made a decent 26 and with 11 from Kevin Crout Wellington were 71-4 and this was the point for Neil Hendy and Ryan Adams to take their side to victory with a stand of 116 for the fifth wicket as they each made 56 (not out in Hendy’s case) as they blitzed the Glastonbury attack with two knocks of high quality.
The job was nearly done by this partnership, but Adams was out with three needed and the win was completed by Lewis Sparks and it is onwards for the side with two to play.
Westlands 3rd XI 215-6dec Wellington 3rd XI 45
Wellington 3rd XI travelled to their Westlands counterparts in Division Eight South of the Somerset League last weekend understrength, but still put up a decent fight all things considered and collected eight points to maintain their second place in the Division.
Richard Henwood asked Westlands to bat first in this game played at West and Middle Chinnock CC and saw Ollie Beale and Tyler Fyfe take the new ball and get some good deliveries at the home side’s openers Bryant and Chesterman; their stand was worth 65 when Harry Barrett caught and bowled Chesterman for 43 good runs and Wellington’s third string doubled their wicket count with that of Bryant for 22 as Tyler Fyfe took a good catch on the run to give Barrett his second debut wicket.
Powerful hitting from Hird at number four for Westlands saw him make 51 and add 95 for the third wicket as Boucher with 31 played well too.
Richard Henwood was outstanding taking 2-36 in eight overs as he beat the bat often, just not getting the edge and Dave Luxton rolled back the years taking 1-62 in eight overs as the home side scored quickly due to the wet weather that was swirling around, but never truly arrived.
Kleinman with 32no added a last burst of run scoring for Westlands as they declared at 216-5 in 32 overs, so seeing that Wellington had ten overs to bat until tea.
In that time they lost two wickets to the impressive B.Kearvell who took 5-12 in seven overs all told and at the break Wellington were 18-2 with Dave Luxton and Ollie Beale at the crease.
Luxton had made 22 when he was out to the first ball after tea as he hit a square cut well, but found Bryant who caught the ball at the second attempt.
Ollie Beale and Ryan Henwood stood firm for a while with Beale making 10 and Henwood 7, but the end was nigh when Beale top edged to fine leg and Henwood was a victim of B.Kearvell.
Chesterman and Boucher joined the attack and took the last three Wellington wickets to fall as the Red and Blacks were dismissed in seventeen overs with David Derrick the unbeaten man when the end came.
A home Bank Holiday Monday date with divisional champions Trull 2nd XI is next up for the side.
U19 T20 reports
Clevedon Coastbusters 60-5 Wellington Warriors 65-0
Wellington Warriors started their participation in the Somerset Cricket Board’s Under 19s T20 Blast Finals Day for 2016 at Uphill Castle CC and Weston Super Mare CC with the opening Group D game and it was a powerful performance from the side.
Clevedon were asked to bat first and only their opener Keysell with 29 got going with the bat until he was run out by Lewis Sparks.
Only Hussey with 11 made double figures thereafter as Wellington turned the screw with the ball as Dom Drew took 1-9 and birthday boy Nick Crossing 2-2 to see Wellington needed 61 to win and Arron Campbell and Ben Howe wasted no time in getting there in just 3.5 overs as Howe crashed three sixes in a knock of 39no and Campbell two in his innings of 22no as the Red and Blacks took a decisive step towards making the latter stages of the day as they won by ten wickets.
Westlands Whirlwinds 80-2 Wellington Warriors 84-1
Wellington Warriors made sure of qualification for the semi finals of the Somerset Cricket Board’s Under 19s T20 Blast Finals Day for 2016 by winning Finals Day Group D in style with a nine wicket win over Westlands in their second game.
The team from Yeovil opted to bat first and made a decent enough 80-2 in their innings with J.Fuller (31 ret) and White 25no leading the way as Nick Crossing and Sam Whitefield took the wickets for Wellington.
It was another clean get away with the bat from Ben Howe and Arron Campbell for Wellington as Howe with 17 was the only man out as he hit two more sixes.
Skipper Campbell made it to 35 with three sixes and retirement and the job was sealed by Sam Whitefield with 21no and Jack Beal with 6no and this set up a date with North Perrott Monkies in the semi final between the winners of Groups C and D.
North Perrott Monkeys 114-4 Wellington Warriors 64-9
Wellington Warriors came up against a good all round side in North Perrott Monkeys and they deserved their place in the Final of the Somerset Cricket Board’s Under 19s T20 Blast Finals Day for 2016 as they scored at pace, caught well and bowled accurately.
Wellington asked Perrott to bat first and the game was played in drizzle that then became steady rain and this did not help either side’s cause.
Dom Drew got a wicket in the first over of the Perrott innings, but Wellington did not add to their tally until later on as Desroy with 31 retired and George Retter, who played for Wellington in 2015’s version of this competition, with 30 retired made good knocks.
Arron Campbell, Nick Crossing and Sam Whitefield got amongst the wickets and saw that their side would need 115 to win.
The rapid start was not forthcoming and it was Sam Whitefield with 25 who marshalled the Wellington innings as Perrott did not let the Warriors get a foothold in the game as three wickets each for Ireland and Hammond saw that Wellington ended fifty short in the end and it would be Perrott who would take on reigning champions Taunton Deane Diamonds in the Final.
As it was the Final was postponed due to the weather at the end of the event seeing no play was possible – the game will be re-scheduled.
Wellington’s team on the day was as follows
Arron Campbell (Capt), Jack Beal, Ben Evett (Wkt), Tyler Fyfe, Nick Crossing, Sam Whitefield, Ben Howe, Macaulay Campbell, Lewis Sparks, Dom Drew and Tom Hawkings
Thanks go to Shellie Jarman for organising a bus for Players and Supporters to travel to and from the event on and to the Ladies Committee for supplying a buffet lunch for all involved between group games, to sponsors 3D Fire Defence Ltd for their generous coloured kit sponsorship package and to all who have played for, watched, supported, assisted and facilitated the Club in this Competition in 2016.
Match reports David Derrick