Wellington secured a vital win and moved towards the middle of the table with a 71-run win over Minehead on Saturday. Wellington were invited to bat first on a hard Minehead wicket and Kayden Hine continued his form from midweek with some crisp drives. It was a surprise to everybody, including the Minehead keeper when he nicked behind with first slip showing quick reflexes to take the catch off the keeper’s body.
Robin Davies joined Arron Campbell and Wellington reached the 100 mark only 1 wicket down and a good platform was set. Davies was then caught behind for 30 before Campbell was caught and bowled for 42. After a short break for rain Trott and Evett continued the good work the top order had set. Trott swept well against the spinners whilst Evett left the Minehead fielders frustrated and Wellington batsmen gasping for air with his rapid speed between the wickets.
Trott fell for 34 but Luke Desave with 25 and Mark Bray with 27 ensured that Wellington were closing in on a score in excess of 250. Evett fell just short of a deserved half century for 47 but Aks Latifi with some lusty blows ensured Wellington finished the innings strongly, and they went into tea with 281 to defend.
With a good pitch and lightning outfield Wellington knew they needed a good start and Luke Desave stepped up with 2 early wickets. He was well supported by Will Derrick who was unlucky to go wicketless in his first spell.
A double change saw Jack Beal and Ian Hewson come into the attack. Beal worked up good pace from the top end and removed the dangerous Muggeridge and Taylor. With Hewson mixing his pace well and keeping things tight the pressure was building on Minehead. The introduction of spin from Arron Campbell accounted for the next 2 Minehead wickets and Wellington were on top at 130-6.
If was then Bowditch and Tudball who combined for a 7th wicket partnership which bought Minehead back into the game despite the best efforts of Hewson, who bowled an economical 10 overs on the reel. With 10 overs to go, Minehead needed 80 more to win and the game was edging towards another close finish. It was to the relief of Wellington players when Campbell dismissed Bowditch for 65 and Will Derrick came back to finish the game with a run out and the final wicket. Minehead were dismissed for 210 and Wellington picked up 20 points.
Wellington entertain Wembdon at home next week who are sitting in 3rd place currently in what promises to be a tough encounter.
Wellington 2nd XI 198 Ilton 79
Wellington 2nd XI stay in seventh place in the nine team Somerset League Division Four, but are closing in on the mid table following this comfortable 119 run home win over Ilton last weekend.
Wellington opted to bat first and had lost four wickets before they had scored fifty runs, but Mark Saunders with 34 was what started the fightback from the Red and Blacks second string as he added 30 for the fifth wicket with Mark Salter who made 15.
From here Ryan Adams with a fine 51 and skipper Rob Moysey with 39 added 66 for the seventh wicket and this put Wellington into a good position and this was further enhanced with Lewis Sparks who made 10 and last pair Charlie Burrough and Jake Nichol just missed out on getting their side to full batting points as the final total was 198 with two balls left unused.
Hitchcott with 3-20 and Price with 3-24 did well with the ball for Ilton.
After tea Burrough and Nichol got amongst the Ilton line up as they made no less than six ducks as only their skipper Price with 52 made any impression.
Burrough collected one wicket and Nichol two as the base was laid for a good Wellington effort with the ball.
This let Rob Moysey weave his leg spinning magic as he took 5-20 in just over six overs to make for an Ilton innings that occupied just 26.3 overs; Ryan Adams added to his good day with the wicket of Price as he hastened the game to an early finish and saw Wellington take 34 points to Ilton’s 13.
Broadway and Horton 2nd XI 154-7 Wellington 3rd XI 143
Wellington 3rd XI were disappointed not to have chased the 155 that they required at Broadway and Horton in Division Seven South of the Somerset League last weekend when they pulled up just eleven runs short and so collected fourteen points and are fourth going into the final game of the first half of the season.
On a drizzly day Wellington asked Broadway to bat first and Tyler Fyfe struck a good blow for his side as he trapped Andrews plum in front.
The home side reacted to this by Garland and Watkins – who made 31 each – adding 57 for the second wicket, but it was the Tony Hutchings/Richard Henwood double act that removed them both as Hutchings took 2-30 in eight good overs of seam bowling.
From then Wellington controlled matters as Ben White – on senior debut – did wonderfully well to go for just 14 runs in his eight overs that were bowled in two spells.
Ollie Wilkins got in amongst the wickets as he took 2-19 in six overs and Richard Henwood’s 2-38 in eight overs had made Broadway be 122-7 with five overs to go, but a partnership of 32 for the home side’s eighth wicket between Field (22no) and Smith (19no) was going to be valuable in the end.
Wellington got off to a bad start as they found themselves at 2-2, but Simon Burrough with 34 and Dave Luxton with 27 added 64 for their side’s third wicket as they both took the attack to the home side well, but both were out by the time the score had reached 73.
Max White with 11 played a decent hand, but wickets were been lost regularly by Wellington although the run rate was not an issue; The 33 eighth wicket stand by Richard Henwood and Tyler Fyfe was taking Wellington to the brink of a win as Henwood crafted an excellent 39, but when he was out edging one high and been caught the game was pretty much up for Wellington and it came with 3.3 overs unused as Driscoll, Hill and Wilson with three wickets apiece to seal 32 points for their side.
Wellington Sunday XI 242 Stogumber Sunday XI 243-9
Wellington Sunday XI were involved in another game that went all the way to the wire in the last over for a second successive week as they saw West Somerset League side Stogumber get over the line by one wicket with one ball to spare in a high scoring friendly match at their picturesque ground last weekend.
Arron Campbell decided to take first knock on a dry, hard pitch and saw Ben Evett continue his fine current form with the bat as he blasted 49 with two sixes in a batting effort that saw saw Wellington score at a fast rate, but by the time that the score had reached 91 there were six wickets down.
Campbell added 75 seventh wicket runs with Rob Moysey (76no) as control was regained by the Red and Blacks as Campbell made 36 good runs and all the time Moysey was closing in on and then going past a half century as good late innings stands with David Derrick, Tyler Fyfe and Will Derrick realised 76 runs for Wellington’s last three wickets.
J.Jenkins with 4-29 and Chilcott with 3-38 were Stogumber’s best bowlers.
Stogumber’s innings was an ebb and flow event as Buchanan and J.Lane started well, but were both out as Ben Evett took a leg side catch off of Tyler Fyfe to remove Buchanan for 23 and a good catch from Lewis Sparks that had gone high up off of Will Derrick saw the back for Lane for 27.
Ollie Beale got working towards a five wicket haul as his leg spin proved to be a profitable weapon for Wellington, but the home side were never going to give up the chase and B.Rexworthy with 25 was going well until he was run out by Macaulay Campbell’s direct hit from the boundary.
Stogumber skipper D.Godfrey’s punishing 50 gave his side a real chance of a win, but when Rob Moysey’s quicker ball slipped through and bowled him the game had swung back towards Wellington and at 197-9 it was there for the winning by the Red and Blacks, but N.Lane found the boundary often and with last man Z.Rexworthy holding firm and then playing some shots of his own the required total was been whittled down and the last over dawned with one run needed and it was achieved off the penultimate ball to give Stogumber a narrow win in what had been a good game.