Wellington got the West of England Premier League Somerset Division win they really needed at Glastonbury last weekend, but the Red and Blacks made heavy weather of matters as they lost four wickets with their victory target just four runs away, but all was well in the end as they took seventeen points to look upwards.
Wellington asked the home side to bat first and saw that they were under pressure as some quality fast bowling from Luke Desave and Jack Beal reduced Glastonbury to 25-4 as Desave with figures of 10-5-14-4 ripped out their top order.
Beal – who’s first spell of seven overs went for just 21 runs – came back later to clean up the tail as he took 3-37 in 9.4 overs.
Ian Hewson went for less than two an over as he conceded just 19 runs in 10 overs; he was in metronomic form…
To the home side’s credit they did move forward with stands of 69 and 43 for the sixth and seventh wickets and with Stratton making 50 and Lukins 54 they were the stand out efforts with the bat.
Wellington’s spinners bowled well once more with a wicket a piece for Paul Short, Arron Campbell and Rob Moysey.
Wellington would need 159 for a vital win.
Arron Campbell and Zandre Swartz got the required runs down to around 100 as they added 55 for Wellington’s opening wicket.
Campbell made a pleasant 21 with three fours before he was caught off of the bowling of Easton as he took 5-35 all told.
Swartz made 35 and was in good form – making a telling knock before been LBW.
Wellington were 110-5 in 25 overs and all was in their favour as skipper Alex Sparks and his deputy Luke Desave added 45 for the sixth wicket to see that, at 155-5 in 34 overs, one more boundary would seal a most effective win.
What came about though was that Desave was caught after making a decent 23 and Sparks, having made a capital 45, was bowled and both were out on 155.
Wellington lost two more wickets before the game was won as four were lost for just one run before Jack Beal and Ian Hewson got their side over the line to collect seventeen good points to Glastonbury’s six.
Wellington 2nd XI v Glastonbury 2nd XI
For a second season running Glastonbury 2nd XI were unable to raise a side to play their Wellington counterparts at Wellington.
This fact sees the Red and Blacks second string stay top of Division Five of the Somerset League as they collect 35 points compared to their intended visitors who lose 30.
Wellington 3rd XI 196-8 Westlands 3rd XI 94
Wellington 3rd XI served up the perfect tonic to their loss at Trull the week before when they produced a fine show with the bat, ball and in the field in this Somerset League Division Eight South game that was played at Milverton CC last weekend.
Wellington chose to bat first and saw Dave Luxton and Mark Saunders get 13 on the board before a wicket was lost, but this not deter the Red and Blacks third string as Saunders started to hit the ball well and with Richard Henwood got the fifty up before a second wicket was lost.
Further good runs came from the Saunders blade and Wellington were closing in on three figures as skipper Des Campbell played well with his well set opening bat.
Thom Trott with 22 and Simon Burrough with good boundary shots saw Wellington get over the 150 mark before Saunders was out just twenty short of another hundred at Milverton this season for his side having made 111 back in May when All Saints visited.
His excellent knock of 80 contained eleven fours and a six.
Ben Evett and Macaulay Campbell added an energetic 23 runs for the seventh wicket as Evett made 13.
Campbell – in making 23no – did really well as he scored off most of the deliveries he faced and with Ollie Beale and David Derrick just missed out on full batting points, but a final total of 196-8 in 40 overs was more than acceptable as B.Kearvell and Malcolm took two wickets each for Westlands.
Wellington roared into action with the new ball as Will Derrick and Thom Trott not only let nothing go in their combined sixteen overs, but took a wicket a piece to give the home side a great start – Derrick got his reward when Bryant flashed at one and was caught behind by Simon Burrough and the yorker that Trott produced to remove Plympton was the classic way to deliver such as he uprooted the middle stump.
Westlands were 33-2 at the end of this stint and this paved the way for Ben Evett to bowl a remarkable stint of 6.2 overs that saw him take 7-26 as he not only bowled his leg spinners very well indeed, but fine catching aided him too – two caught and bowled effort were held; one high and requiring some arching of the back and then a low effort.
Will Derrick with three boundary catches aided this effort and the end was brought about with less then thirty overs bowled when Simon Burrough stumped Jarvis as he went wandering out of his crease.
A great show from the Wellington third string and one to put them in good stead going forward.
Reports: David Derrick