Wellington are still fighting to the last day of the season to avoid relegation from the Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League after afive-wicket loss at mid-table North Perrott last weekend.
With a home match with Wembdon to come the Red and Blacks are in eighth place and have a four point cushion over Butleigh and are five points ahead of rock bottom Frome after they both lost over the Bank Holiday weekend to title challengers North Petherton and Glastonbury respectively.
As the fixtures work out Butleigh entertain Glastonbury and North Petherton travel to Frome on the last day and with just a point between the top two they have every incentive to put in a good show.
Wellington, naturally, need to beat Wembdon on their own track, but, on paper at least, this is a decent backdrop for the side.
As for this game it was a case of not making the best of a good start with the bat following a 53 run opening stand between Robin Davies and Arron Campbell as they both played well and were untroubled by the Perrott attack; a cruel run out broke the stand as Davies hammered a full toss back to the bowler only for him to drop it and have enough pace to parry the ball on to the stumps and run out Campbell for 18.
Alex Sparks with 21 joined Davies and they got the score moving towards three figures before the skipper was caught and this saw a middle order collapse that lost top scorer Davies for 41 and saw the side slip to 140-8.
An enterprising stand of 40 for the ninth wicket from Rob Moysey and Dom Drew rescued the Wellington reply and at least would give the bowlers something to have a dart with; Moysey with 31 and Drew with 15 played well.
Spin was king for Perrott on the day as Bartholomeuz, Eckland and Whorlow each took at least two wickets.
Ian Hewson was in dynamic form with the ball once more as he took two wickets in his opening over as Retter was trapped palpably LBW and Jones was caught by Dom Drew; later in his spell Hewson took the wicket of Symes and at 28-3 Perrott were in grave danger.
But a fine 150 run fourth wicket stand between Whorlow (91) and Eckland (59) saw that the home side would take twenty points as they both played well and without issue too.
They were dismissed with a handful of runs needed as Arron Campbell took a wicket for his efforts and a run out too was effected by Wellington, but the winning runs came with sixteen balls left.
Wellington 2nd XI 178-5 Uphill Castle 2nd XI 93
Wellington 2nd XI secured promotion from Division Five of the Somerset League courtesy of this fine 85 run win over their Uphill Castle counterparts and now go into the last game of the season four points behind Trull and with a shoot out for the title next Saturday.
Wellington have a long journey to make to Peasedown St John and have the tougher task on paper as Trull host Banwell and Churchill, but they have already won at Wellington this season and the Red and Blacks second string will hope for a repeat.
This game was moulded by a 99 run opening stand from Trevor Brooks who carried his bat for 60no and Mark Salter who made 52 after Wellington had elected to bat on winning the toss.
Uphill fought back from this start to take some middle order wickets as M.Patch (3-50) did well with the ball, but Wellington regained the initiative as Kevin Crout and Ryan Adams, each with 18, counter attacked well with Brooks to get Wellington to 178-5 at tea.
Frost with 26 did well for Uphill, who are all but relegated, as he was part of a 40 run opening stand, but this was as good as it got for the side from Weston Super Mare as they were dismissed for the addition of just 53 more runs.
Jake Nichol let just eighteen runs go in seven overs with the new ball before giving way to Neil Hendy and Ryan Adams who started the process of wrapping up the Uphill innings as they took 2-14 and 5-20 in nine quality overs each.
Ben Evett joined the attack to take two wickets and Lee Nichol completed the deal to give Wellington 33 points to Uphill’s nine.
The plan is to make the journey to PSJ, which is near Bath, in a minibus, so players are asked to bear this in mind; all will be confirmed in the week ahead…
Wellington Sunday XI v North Petherton Sunday XI
Wellington Sunday XI’s top of the table clash with fellow WEPL Somerset Division side North Petherton in Division A of the Taunton and District Sunday League was cancelled after a torrential downpour on the morning of the game flooded the playing surface and with further such weather continuing into the early part of the playing time there was no chance of play.
Each side took twelve points and despite this Wellington are still well placed to take the title in their last game of the season in this competition which is at WEPL Premier One club Bridgwater on Sunday 4th September.
At the time of writing it was not known if Bridgwater’s meeting with Taunton St Andrews in this competition on the same day had been weather affected as these two Clubs were set to meet in Bridgwater for the second time in 24 hours following their WEPL Premier One game on the Saturday.