Wellington lost their opening WEPL Somerset Division game for a fourth successive season since their return to the Premier League system in 2013 and despite being spun out they gave North Petherton some shaky moments when they batted and had they had another forty runs to hand they may well have won.
At 2-2 and then 17-3 Wellington were in trouble, but a 44 run fourth wicket stand by captains present and past in Alex Sparks and Paul Short steadied matters with Short making a good hand of 18, but when he was one of six wickets for Petherton’s overseas player Rhoda Wellington’s innings was under pressure once more – Sparks was out for 32 just one run later and at 60-5 the Red and Blacks were fighting the odds once more.
Aks Latifi with 13 and Luke Desave with 10 added a 25 package of runs to get Wellington to 91-6, but Rhoda with 6-23 ended things with 21 overs left unused.
Luke Desave showed immense quality as a strike bowler by reducing Petherton to 50-5 as he took 4-40 in eight overs and with a run out one of the pre-season favourites were in danger of being bundled out and handing Wellington a surprise win, but Taunton Town footballers Owen and Lloyd Irish compiled a telling stand in this match once more as they added 46 for the sixth wicket and although Paul Short got Lloyd LBW for 29 a boundary from the eldest Irish brother – Lewis – saw his side to a nervy four wicket win in an innings that took just 19 overs from start to end.
Wellington collected three points.
Wellington 2nd XI 203-9 Huntspill and District 203-9
Wellington 2nd XI tied their opening game in Division Five of the Somerset League when they travelled to Huntspill and District last weekend and ended up absolutely all square as both sides took 27 points each.
Wellington were put into bat and saw Trevor Brooks and Marc Holloway add 69 fine opening wicket runs which was ended when Holloway was caught for 20.
Brooks made a good half century with 53 been his final score on been bowled with the score at 75-2.
Kevin Crout with 41 carried on his batting form from 2015 and by the time he was out at 165-5 Wellington were looking good with the bat as Mark Salter and new skipper Rob Moysey added good runs in the middle order.
Ben Evett with 14 gave the final score a lift and at 203-9 Wellington had secured full batting points.
For Huntspill M.Counsell with 3-22 in nine overs was their most successful bowler.
A near half century stand from Nayagam and Lillycrop saw Wellington did not get instant success with the ball, but the breakthrough came when Jake Nichol bowled Nayagam for 23.
Neil Hendy’s tidy medium pace saw him go for just eight runs in eight overs, but runs came at the other end with Tippett making 32 and M.Counsell 20.
Spin in the form of Ben Evett with 3-35 and Rob Moysey with 2-22 reduced Huntspill to 186-9, but Durkin was hitting the ball well in making 26no and needed three to win off the last ball of the game and was able to get two leaving matters balanced as well as they could ever be.
Wellington 3rd XI 211-4 Ilminster 3rd XI 171
Wellington 3rd XI put in a fine all round show at their Ilminster counterparts in Division Eight South of the Somerset League last weekend when they collected full points following some good performances from players old and young.
Wellington opted to bat first and saw Dave Luxton and Mark Saunders open up with this representing Luxton’s return to a Club he first played for nearly forty years ago.
They added 98 opening wicket runs as they both drove well on the up and through the covers and were in sight of a three figure stand when Saunders looped one up going for the pull and Ilminster keeper Davies accepted a simple chance – Saunders was gone for 38.
Luxton sailed through to a fifty and more as and he skipper Des Campbell added 49 for the second wicket with Campbell making 13.
Progress for the comeback king was sealed during his stand of 55 for the third wicket with Richard Henwood (16) as he made it through the eighties and the nineties and as Wellington passed 200 he passed three figures with Lewis Sparks at the other end.
Luxton was caught for 103 and in the end Wellington had made a fine 211-4 in their new maximum allocation of 40 overs.
Ryan Henwood’s stretching catch saw the end of Crouch early on as Charlie Burrough struck early, but this was checked by Sainsbury with 49 and Smith with 33 who got to within three runs of the fifty run score when Smith was caught by Lewis Sparks off of Ryan Henwood just three balls after a good David Derrick effort to catch him had just evaded sticking.
From here Henwood Jnr was in inspired form as he took 5-49 in 8 overs all told with some fine catching in the deep from dad Richard assisting him no end.
Ollie Beale bowled well without luck and there was a second wicket for Charlie Burrough in his second spell as Wellington prospered after Sainsbury had holed out.
Richard Henwood with 3-27 in 7.3 overs applied the finishing touches to the Ilminster innings to see that they were bowled out for 171 with nine balls unused.
Wellington Sunday XI 239-4 Ilminster Sunday XI 134
Wellington dominated their friendly game at WEPL Bristol and Somerset Division side Ilminster last weekend when they battled back in the field to reduce the home side from 96-0 in 13 overs to be 134 all out just 15 overs later.
Choosing to bat first Arron Campbell saw that he and Robin Davies added 27 first up in warm conditions and both were looking well set before the skipper was bowled.
Zandre Swartz slammed 61 with three sixes and added 91 for the second wicket with Davies who made 58 good runs of his own before both became LBW victims of Ilminster skipper Kraucamp who spun the ball hard to take 3-38 in seven overs.
Jack Beal with 22 did well in the middle order for Wellington and the Red and Blacks innings was boosted by Des Campbell (42) and promising keeper/batsman Tom Brooks with 19no adding 74 for the fifth wicket.
Experienced players Vickery and Warry blasted 96 in 13 overs as they used the fast outfield to good effect – not that Jack Beal and Macaulay Campbell bowled badly at all, but a chance was spilled and others just evaded the fielders.
Lee Nichol was the spark that ignited Wellington as he removed Vickery for 60 – one of three catches for Jack Beal and his fine yorker to remove Kraucamp came at the right time for sure – figures of 4-25 in seven overs were very decent indeed.
Arron Campbell applied his off spin well and took three wickets of his own to see that Ilminster lost all their wickets for 38 runs – he took 3-23 in seven overs.
Spin was the way the game ended through Rob Moysey’s two wickets and Zandre Swartz’s one as Wellington won by 105 runs.