Wellington came within an ace of making the run chase of their lives as they narrowly lost – by 23 runs – at Staplegrove last weekend in the Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League and, although the Red and Blacks stay in the first relegation spot, they are a win away from getting out of trouble and with five to play the sides around them are part of this schedule.
Staplegrove opted to bat first and saw a 125 run opening stand between T.Pantling and Sizer cement their hopes of a large score and it took 30 overs for Wellington to make the first breakthrough when Paul Short trapped Pantling LBW for 69.
Sizer made a fine 78 and by the time he was out at 210-3 – caught by Paul Short off of Luke Desave – this was the time for Staplegrove skipper Bishop to attack and he made 67 as, from the last three overs of their innings, the home side hit 46 runs and this would be telling.
Wellington got away well as Robin Davies and Nick Crossing added 42 for the opening wicket and this laid down a marker for what was to come from them with the bat as they made 21 and 16 respectively.
At 73-3 in 17 overs – all three wickets to Dimond – just over 200 runs were needed and some excellent middle order efforts started the push that took Wellington – in the end – to within a score or so of the total needed as Luke Desave with 28, Zandre Swartz with 39, Paul Short with 23 and Aks Latifi with 20 put another hundred or so on to the total.
At 193-8 in 37 overs Wellington were still adrift of the 278 needed to win, but along came a spirited ninth wicket stand of 61 between Rob Moysey and Ian Hewson that brought Wellington closer and closer to their goal as knocks of 22no and 31 took the score to 254-8 with four overs to go, but that was were it ended for Wellington as Sizer with 3-56 in nine overs saw that the valiant effort was quashed with two wickets in what proved to be the last over of the game.
Wellington 2nd XI 110 Banwell and Churchill 114-1
Despite losing the top spot in Division Five of the Somerset League Wellington 2nd XI has two games in hand over new leaders Belvedere and they are the next visitors to Courtland Road for the team and they will be targeting this game as the big one so to speak.
This game was a case of not making the most of a good start as Trevor Brooks and Mark Salter had added 51 opening wicket runs in eleven overs making 23 and 28 respectively in good style too.
Newcomer Ryan Adams with 27 made a good start to his Wellington career, but this was the only other double figure score for the side.
Banwell – rolled over for 47 in the reverse match – did not have a bowler who ran the show, but Masters and J.Caddick were accurate in taking a couple of wickets each.
Only Ben Evett was successful with the ball as Carter, with a thumping knock of 80no, took the game away from Wellington and saw only six points come their way.
Crewkerne 2nd XI 182-6 Wellington 3rd XI 183-2
Wellington 3rd XI will feel that they are a win away from pretty much locking down second place in Division Eight South of the Somerset League following this fine eight wicket away win at Crewkerne last weekend; their visit to South Petherton 2nd XI this weekend will be pivotal.
As for this game Crewkerne were indebted to Tolley who made 85 fine runs from his position as opener, but did benefit from been dropped twice.
Gould with 19 and Critchley with 19no were the home side’s other best efforts with the bat.
Wellington’s bowlers found wickets hard to come by, but there were two for Charlie Burrough and one each for Richard Henwood and Ollie Beale to go with two run outs.
Mark Saunders is in fine form at this time as he cracked 84no and was very punishing on anything overpitched.
Thom Trott hit 31 in 15 balls before he fell to the first ball that Male – Crewkerne’s best bowler – bowled, but this did not deter Wellington as Richard Henwood (41no) joined Saunders and they saw their side home with a 120 run third wicket stand and to 31 points.
With four to play the team is well set to achieve a second promotion in four seasons.
Budleigh Salterton Sunday XI 275-7 Wellington Sunday XI 193
Wellington Sunday XI visited Devon League Division A side Budleigh Salterton last weekend and an impressive knock from 13 year old wicketkeeper/batsman Tom Brooks was the highlight of a good game.
On a hot day with a fast outfield Budleigh prospered with Heath’s 66 been full of fine sweep shots and this built on opener Robinson’s 49.
Wellington stuck to their task as Macaulay Campbell showed a good hand with the ball, especially in the second spell he had, taking 2-40 in eight overs.
Jack Beal was unlucky to go wicketless as he bowled with pace first up.
Nick Crossing with 1-45 had a hand in the opening wicket for his side as he caught T.Oxland well low down.
Wickets for skipper Arron Campbell and Zandre Swartz saw that Budleigh ended on 275-7 in 40 overs as Marley with 35 quickfire runs late on topped off their decent effort with the bat.
Wellington scored well with the bat, but lost wickets often as well.
A fifth wicket stand of 49 between Des Campbell and Tom Brooks was the best one of the game for Wellington as Campbell made 25.
All the time Brooks was getting set and playing really well as he closed in on a richly deserved half-century and it was achieved as part of some late innings stands as Macaulay Campbell, David Derrick and Tyler Fyfe gave him excellent support that saw him have the chance to get to the milestone; in the end he was last man out for 65 in the last over.
Nick Crossing with 19 and Jack Beal with 17 had, earlier, made good knocks for their side.
Match reports: David Derrick