Wellington have secured their place in the new look West of England Premier League for 2016 by securing fifth place in 2015’s Somerset Division on the Bank Holiday weekend with this firm 115 run win over Street who are playing in the Somerset League in 2016.
Wellington were put into bat and saw Robin Davies and Arron Campbell add the best part of a half century for the first wicket in solid style before Campbell was caught behind for 16.
Street were on the back foot having lost a player in the third over of the game due to a nasty finger injury and this set them back somewhat, although Mitchell with 4-36 in ten overs was in good form spinning the ball sharply.
Alex Sparks and Marc Holloway aided Davies – who made a capital 44 – to get Wellington past three figures.
Paul Short with 24 and Luke Desave with 36 were in form in the Red and Blacks middle order and good late runs from Neil Hendy, Jack Beal and Dom Drew took Wellington to 185 all out with nine balls left.
Evely with 4-24 did well with the ball for Street as Wellington ended on a score that was decent without being dominant.
What was dominant was Luke Desave who bowled with pace and accuracy and saw that Wellington were well on the way to a win as he saw the end of both J.Linter and Jones for ducks and although Hill and Trotman responded with a 54 run third wicket stand the visitors lost their last six available wickets for 13 runs as Dom Drew and Neil Hendy saw them off in a most effective manner as Drew spun the ball hard to take 3-20 in 8.3 overs and Hendy 4-10 in eight overs as the season was completed with 22.3 overs left and twenty points going to Wellington.
North Perrott took the divisional title by one point from North Pertherton in an exciting climax to the season and Wellington can now plan with confidence and forward thinking for their place in WEPL next time round.
Wellington 2nd XI 136 v Long Sutton 142-2
Wellington 2nd XI were unable to secure under their own steam at least 22 points that would have seen them maintain fourth place in Division Three of the Somerset League last weekend when playing at divisional champions Long Sutton losing by eight wickets and collecting just eight points so as to take fifth place and be left waiting to see their exact placing in the County League set up for 2016 once the 2nd XIs that have been annexed from WEPL are placed accordingly.
An important toss was lost by Wellington and they got put in on a wet track and run scoring was slow going and at 25 overs Wellington had just 45 runs on the board for the loss of five wickets.
It needed a 44 run stand for the sixth wicket from Thom Trott and Ben Evett to get the Red and Blacks second string up and running once more as Trott made a fine 44 and Evett a great supporting 23.
Matt Bettles and Richard Henwood kept things goings to Wellington to 136 all out off the last ball of the innings.
The slow pitch saw that spin opened up for Wellington as Ben Evett and Matt Bettles took the new ball and this was a line of attack that saw Long Sutton have to think hard as to what approach to take.
Bettles removed Vigar through a Mark Salter catch for 40.
Seam eventually joined the attack as Will Derrick – who has had a good full first season with the Club – let just five runs go in five overs, but there was just one more reward for Wellington as Thom Trott removed Andrews for 52 and the home side made it a fifteenth win for 2015 in the 38th over to leave Wellington’s reserve team in the same finishing position as their first team colleagues.
Wellington 3rd XI 168-9 Kilmington 2ndXI 103
Wellington 3rd XI completed a fantastic August with a fourth win on the bounce and have now reached fifth place in Division Eight South of the Somerset League collecting 162 points out of 175 on offer and with a game still to play fourth place is on offer and that would be a fine achievement when just a month ago the side was in eighth place.
This match was played a day later than scheduled due to the unavailability of Wellington School and the game was played at Wellington Playing Field.
Wellington were asked to bat by a Kilmington side who had made the long trek from the Wiltshire border and found them at 17-2 as M.Knight and impressive young player B.Standfield did much with the new ball and it took all of Mark Salter’s know how to negotiate the early exchanges.
In Tenny Harlow Wellington have a player of some talent and he showcased this with a knock of 30 as he and Salter added 80 for the third wicket to see the Red and Blacks third string move towards three figures, but Kilmington skipper Rose brought himself into the attack and took 5-53 in 11 overs of tempting, but difficult to play off spin and he saw off both Harlow and Salter for a fine 53.
Des Campbell and Tom Hawkings worked hard in Wellington’s middle order, but at 127-7 Wellington were in a spot of bother with eight overs still to go – it was at this point that Richard Henwood played the lead role and through the great support offered by Charlie Burrough, David Derrick and Andy Campbell added 41 runs for Wellington last three wickets and in the process made a tidy 37no himself.
M.Knight with 3-27 in 11 overs was Kilmington’s others successful bowler, although left arm spinner Burles was good value for a spell that cost just 37 runs.
Wellington went with seam and spin and Richard Henwood and Tenny Harlow delivered in big amounts for their side as they delivered 24 overs on the reel and saw that Kilmington were reduced to 59-6 when their spells were over; Henwood took 4-19 and Harlow 2-35 with the big wicket been that of Kilmington wicket keeper Reid who was caught for 37 by Charlie Burrough’s fine high tumbling catch.
Macaulay Campbell and Charlie Burrough joined the attack and worked their way through the Kilmington lower order to good effect; Campbell got a reward when David Derrick held on to a sharp chance at square leg and Burrough got through the defences twice.
With the daylight going Wellington turned to spin and Mark Salter won the game with 22 balls left.
Wellington Sunday XI 266-4 Bagborough Sunday XI 102-4
Wellington Sunday XI secured silverware for the season through achieving the runners up spot in Division A of the Taunton and District Sunday League by virtue of this thumping 164 run win at Somerset League Division One side Bagborough last weekend.
On a wet day the match was played on an artificial wicket and this was to Wellington’s liking as all those who batted made hay; Arron Campbell led the way with a knock of 100 and with support from Wian Gouws who made 66 and Alex Sparks with 54 Wellington had sped to 266-4 in 30 overs; the match length been reduced due to the weather.
Wellington had to look to bowl the home side out in just 30 overs and Bagborough settled for some batting practice as Ruell with 15 and Swinburne with 19no held firm – Graham Sparks, Nick Crossing, Ryan Henwood and Ben Evett took a wicket each for Wellington.
Wembdon take the title with a game to spare, but the Red and Blacks have achieved a decent closing position nonetheless.
Match reports: David Derrick