Wellington 108-5 v Westlands: Wellington’s WEPL Somerset Division visit to Yeovil-based side Westlands last weekend was washed away by intense thundery rain as the heatwave went bang.
On a humid and sticky day Wellington arrived east to be confronted with a flat pitch and a fast outfield, but with news that poor weather was not far away and on losing the toss the home side asked Wellington to bat.
Murphy and Lock opened up for Westlands and found Paul Short and Charlie Davies in good touch, although the ball was doing a fair bit; Davies lost the original match ball when he pumped a six into the housing next to the ground, but was out caught behind – low down – next ball.
Skipper Short made a good 27 before falling to a direct hit run out.
Alex Sparks showed excellent timing of the ball as he hit five fours and a six in his 40 and looked in no danger, but Boucher got one to trap him LBW and with another wicket going down at 80 Wellington were in a bit of bother, but there was only 10 more overs play before the heavens opened and turned the ground into a water feature.
Wellington took five points from the game and Westlands seven as all games in the division started, but did not complete.
Wellington 2nd XI 118-1 v North Perrott 2nd XI
Rain arrived early and so delayed the start of this Somerset League Division Three match between Wellington 2nd XI and their fellow promoted side North Perrott 2nd XI and in the 23 overs of play that were possible before the rain returned and washed the game away the Red and Blacks second string were well placed and the dominant team in the game.
Perrott won the toss and elected to field and only took one wicket as Desroy was the successful bowler, but there was no other success.
Marc Holloway and Leo Goodman-Jones added a solid 45 opening wicket runs with Goodman-Jones making 24 with four fours.
Holloway was joined by Mark Salter and an unbroken 73 run second wicket stand ensued with Holloway crafting a a fine 62no and Salter 23no as the ball was worked around the field well, but rain set back in and washed the game away and with it Wellington took 17 points to Perrott’s 13 and a visit to Kilve awaits next time out.
Uphill Castle 4th XI 56-0 v Wellington 3rd XI
Weston Super Mare based side Uphill Castle resisted the combined efforts of Wellington 3rd XI’s seam and spin attack to not lose a wicket in the 18 overs that were possible at Wellington School before rain claimed yet another match last weekend.
Kuht with 27no and Fletcher with 13no could not be split despite Macaulay Campbell and Jack Beal bowling well in tandem.
Uphill took 14 points to Wellington’s 12 and the gap between second placed Wellington and Somerset League Division 9NW leaders Bridgwater Sports grew.
Bridgwater Sports 64 Wellington 3rd XI 65-3
Rain was still bothersome to Wellington 3rd XI on Sunday when they played a Somerset League Division 9NW game that had been brought forward by a month by mutual agreement and they came out on top against leaders Bridgwater Sports with a seven wicket maximum points win that sees them go level with a side who they have beaten both home and away this season.
The game started in good sunny conditions, but two breaks for rain saw Wellington hope they would not fall victim to the elements again.
Sports opted to bat first and were blown away by a fine spell of seam bowling from Macaulay Campbell who removed both Holliday and Russell who have scored so heavily for their side; a ball that nipped back bowled Holliday and Arron Campbell’s excellent low catch in the covers gave his cousin more reward.
Two more wickets came his way in his opening spell.
Lee Nichol was in a fine form too with 2-9 in six overs with Aks Latifi doing good work behind the sticks and giving Nichol his success.
Jack Beal probed a good off stump line and though he went wicketless he did bowl well once more.
Lewis Sparks with 3-16 in six overs bowled with real pace and aggression as only P.Winter with 25 made it to double figures for Sports who were bundled out for 64 in 27.2 overs with Arron Campbell ending matters.
Robin Davies and Aks Latifi had to weather the good bowling of B.Winter who took 2-22 in nine good overs, but the total was never going to be enough to not be reached by Wellington as Latifi with 24 and Ollie Wilkins with 15 saw the side towards the line.
Arron Campbell and Des Campbell saw their side over the line and to a welcome 35 points and onwards to a real chance of title success in the opening season of the Wellington club running three Saturday sides.