Wembdon 239 Wellington 236 Wellington came to within an ace of completing the double over WEPL Somerset Division leaders Wembdon, but fell three runs short with four balls left after staging a spirited comeback from 123-6.
On a stiflingly hot day Wembdon won the toss and had a bat on a good pitch with well cut outfield, but did not get to the total they expected to make as George Hooper and Ian Hewson led the Wellington attack well once more in the absence of Luke Desave who is still troubled with a knee injury; Hooper produced a fine delivery to see the back of Gower in the third over as he bowled ten overs in two spells taking 4-37 all told and he is in good form at this time in all three facets of the game.
The run out of Curd who called for a single to short fine leg where Neil Hendy was residing was a waste of a wicket for Wembdon, but Wellington were held up by Puddy with his excellent 84 that saw him be sixth out for 197 to leave George Hooper on a hat trick as catches from Max Capaldi and Aks Latifi were crucial and from then on Wembdon tailed off to be 239 all out in 48.2 overs – still a good score, but some thirty or forty runs short of their desired total.
Paul Short and Arron Campbell delivered the best part of twenty good overs of off spin between them and did well in some of the hottest playing conditions for some time.
Ian Hewson’s boundary catch was a blinding one handed effort running in and saw the end of Trunks for 23 just as he was getting going.
Wellington were 15-2 in six overs and in some trouble, but Alex Sparks and Max Capaldi added an effortless 83 runs for the third wicket that was not in any danger until Sparks was given out LBW for 46 when he had got a good amount of bat on the ball.
Capaldi smashed 38 until he holed out on the long on boundary and at 123-6 after losing another couple of wickets the Red and Blacks were well behind the rate.
Enter Neil Hendy with a fine 46 and the efforts of Scott Davey, George Hooper, Arron Campbell and Ian Hewson got Wellington to within six runs of the 240 required at the start of the last over; the last four Wellington wickets added 113 excellent runs for their side and with it almost saw Wembdon lose for just the second time this season and both would have been at the hands of Wellington.
Campbell and Hewson were present for the last over and in deciding to go for two on the second ball Campbell fell just short of his ground having made 12 with Hewson making 21no with three fours to go with Hooper’s 11 and Davey’s 12.
A fine game that went to the wire and saw Wellington collect ten points to remain in second place, but this does see that Wembdon are in command of the one promotion place to the Bristol and Somerset Division.
Wellington 2nd XI 217-5 Uphill Castle 2nd XI 214-8
Wellington 2nd XI are sitting pretty in fourth place in Division Three of the Somerset League following this three run win over their Uphill Castle counterparts in a game that was played in scorching temperatures and ended after 8.00pm; it was another exceptional all round performance from skipper Richard Henwood who has played such a fine all round game since he came back from injury last month.
After losing a wicket with the score on 7 Henwood and Mark Salter added 82 for the second wicket as they built a platform to go on from with Salter making a good 32.
At 107-4 with two middle order wickets lost Wellington needed to accelerate and this was the case as Henwood made his way to a century and Trevor Brooks a fifty as they added 105 for the fifth wicket to carry the Red and Blacks second string to 217-5 at tea.
Leech with 2-40 in 12 overs did well for Uphill as too did Jobling with 1-29 in 12, but there was little other support for the Weston Super Mare based side in bowling terms other than these two.
Hodder and Worrall made 23 and 41 respectively at the top of the Uphill order and although Adrian Lee and Jake Nichol did get rid of the openers the arrival at the crease of Oultram with a fine 84 propelled Uphill towards the required total, but they pulled up short as Oultram was run out, Jake Nichol’s second spell saw Bickell depart LBW and Simon Rudd used all his experience to bowl with accuracy in taking 2-43 in 10 overs and Richard Henwood added 2-35 in 9 overs sealed a three run win for his side and with it 33 good points, fourth place and a visit to Wedmore is next up.
Trull 2nd XI 269-4 Wellington 3rd XI 175
Wellington 3rd XI lost the lead of Division 9NW of the Somerset League following this 94 run defeat in the heat at Trull last weekend, but the side are still on the right side of things and will use a visit to play bottom side Wedmore 3rd XI next weekend as the ideal way to bounce back.
Trull – who drew with the Red and Blacks third string back in May – batted first on winning the toss and with it made hay with the bat as the Wellington attack struggled to make any real impression until late on.
Lee Nichol let only 26 go in seven overs and this was a good effort in the batting friendly conditions, but only Ben Evett with 1-41 in eight overs and Will Hinchcliffe with 2-59 in seven overs were successful for Wellington.
Whitemore with 61 and Bartlett with 54 were assisted by the 50 extras Wellington gave away and in hot conditions this was profligate from the side and Trull ended on a massive 269-4 at tea.
Wellington’s innings was very much a case of getting started, but no-one played the killer innings that chasing a total of 270 needed.
Robin Davies and Tom Hawkings put on 77 for the opening wicket for Wellington making 32 and 34 respectively with Hawkings striking three maxima.
25 from skipper Des Campbell, 19 from Richard Short and 24 from Lee Nichol continued the getting started scenario and Wellington were bowled out for 175 with five overs left unused.
Shattock with 4-38 and Bartlett with 3-67 did the job in the main for Trull as they took 35 points to Wellington’s 12.
Match reports: David Derrick