For the second successive game between the old rivals in the Somerset Division of WEPL rain had a major say as the warm weather that the Red and Blacks had fielded in broke in a spectacular manner and the match was abandoned when time expired at 7.30pm.
Wellington had bowled well with all five of their bowlers used getting through a ten over allocation on the day after Staplegrove has opted to bat first; all fifty overs on offer were used and the run rate allowed was just over three per over.
Luke Desave removed Tom Pantling for four in the third over as Zandre Swartz took a good chance behind the sticks, but the impetus swung the way of the visitors as Dan Sizer with 59 and Matt Dimond with 18 ground out a 77 run second wicket stand in 23 overs to take their side to 86-1 in 26 overs before Wellington came back into the game well taking nine wickets for 75 as all chipped in.
Dom Drew bowled very well with some exceptional spin on show as he took 4-26 in 10 overs of off spin and was joined in delivering some controlled slow bowling in the form of Paul Short who took 0-23 in 10 overs and did not concede one boundary.
Jack Beal’s left arm seam is in good fettle at this time and figures of 1-40 in ten overs represent a good effort from him.
Luke Desave with 2-36 in ten overs did all a strike bowler can do and it was Ian Hewson’s unerring accuracy that saw him take three wickets in the last nine balls he sent down as he ended Staplegrove’s innings taking 3-32 in 10 overs.
Wellington were well set through Arron Campbell with 15no and Robin Davies with 23no as they added 46 in 12 overs in good style, but the thunder and lightening rolled in and the rain came down and so the innings was curtailed at 5.20pm.
The players never came back on and with a cut off time of 7.30pm to get the required eight more overs in to make a game of it so to speak this deadline arrived and it was deemed that play was formally abandoned at this time with Wellington taking eleven points to Staplegrove’s eight.
Banwell and Churchill 47 Wellington 2nd XI 49-0
Wellington 2nd XI are sitting pretty at the top of Division Five of the Somerset League following this stylish ten wicket win at Banwell and Churchill last weekend when all went as well as it could with both bat and ball for the side.
The home side opted to bat first and could not handle Wellington’s excellent attack as the Nichol brothers – Lee and Jake – ran riot in their combined 18 over opening stint taking 4-15 and 3-11 respectively as they bowled with pace and accuracy bowling four of their seven victims.
Good catches from Ben Evett and Tyler Fyfe aided these efforts as only Chard, batting at number nine for Banwell, made it to double figures.
Wickets for Lewis Sparks and Neil Hendy completed the rout.
Marc Holloway and Rob Moysey needed under 12 overs to get Wellington over the line and to full points as Holloway dominated matters with 32no; his skipper made 11no as the job was done in full and without fuss.
Crewkerne 2nd XI 189-5 Wellington 3rd XI 191-2
This was a fine win for Wellington 3rd XI in Division Eight South of the Somerset League last weekend as the team chased down what they needed to win despite having lost eleven overs due to rain with the job been done with one over to spare.
In very warm and humid conditions that gave a portent of what was to come weather wise the visitors openers – Tolley and Male – added 71 runs first up with a good stand that did not really offer a clear cut chance.
It took the introduction of Richard Henwood to make the breakthrough as Ian White – at square leg – accepted a looping chance and Male was gone for 32, soon after he removed Tolley for 35 bowling him.
N.Keylock with 21 and R.Keylock with 53no guided their team to 189-5 at tea.
Matt Bettles was in mean form with the ball as his left arm orthodox spinners went for just 19 runs in eight overs and he deserved more than just the one wicket he got, although David Derrick’s one handed grab and parry just dropped out of reach and this would have made his figures more in keeping with the quality of the bowling he sent down on the day.
Ollie Beal with 2-37 in eight overs gained rewards late on with great catching from Ryan Henwood and Scott Brooks aiding him.
Charlie Burrough’s two spells were pacy and accurate.
Des Campbell’s off spin at the end of the Crewkerne innings saw little was given away.
It was Des Campbell and Richard Henwood who opened up for Wellington and they played well adding 40 in 8.5 overs when the rain came down and saw 45 minutes lost to see that Wellington had 29 overs to bat and see what came of matters – in effect they had 20.5 overs to make 150 runs if they wanted to win this game and make it three wins in three games actually played in 2016.
Another 17 runs were added by the openers before Henwood Snr was bowled through the gate by Knight for 26.
Young keeper/batsman Tom Brooks joined his captain as they added 75 for the second wicket in ten overs – Campbell took the attack to the Crewkerne bowlers as he knew he had the capacity later in the order to seal a draw if his side had to and it paid off playing as he did as he made 72 in good style and time.
Brooks was a busy bee as he played good shots for boundaries for sure, but his nuggety style got many singles and twos and this put Crewkerne off their stride.
Campbell was well caught in the end and at 132-2 in 22 overs saw Wellington need 58 in seven overs to win and a fine breezy innings of 23no from Matt Bettles was the final piece needed for the Red and Blacks third string to come home with 30 points to Crewkerne’s 11.
Both Brooks and Bettles are congratulated on their positive approach that built on previous good work with the bat and it was pleasing to see Brooks past 50 with the winning run.
Wellington are third in the table and play at Wellington Playing Field against Taunton Deane 4th XI on Whit Bank Holiday Monday; the chance to go top beckons…
Match reports: David Derrick