A bad day at the office leaves Wellington with work to do after a comprehensive defeat against Staplegrove.
Wellington won the toss and chose to bat first. This was about as good as it got for Wellington as Masters and Cleverly ripped the heart out of the top order. Hitting consistent line and lengths they seamed the ball around to leave Wellington in tatters at 20-6.
Thom Trott and Neil Hendy showed some resistance, but when skipper Bishop bought himself on, he took 3 wickets to dismiss Wellington for 56. Only Hendy with 14 not out and Trott 13 made double figures.
Tom and Jake Pantling ensured there would be no dramas as they eased Staplegrove to a 10 wicket win and gave a boost to their chance of staying in the league.
Wellington travel to second-placed North Perrott next week looking to bounce back from this disappointing defeat.
Wellington 2nd XI 181-7 South Petherton 117-4
Unexpected rainfall that was heavy in nature saw that Wellington 2nd XI’s Somerset League Division Four game at South Petherton last weekend was abandoned as a draw and so 25 points were collected to see that the side stays in fifth place in the nine team division.
Having been asked to bat first Wellington saw Kevin Crout and Miles Cave add a capital sixty run opening wicket stand with Cave been the dominant partner as he continued to a fine 88 with four sixes.
At 77-4 Wellington’s second string were in a spot of bother as there were only 15 overs left to bat after Harris, who let just ten runs go in his nine overs, had made run scoring very hard indeed.
Cave and Mark Salter with 38 ‘from the Chairman’ saw that 88 were added for the fifth wicket in quick style in just twelve overs and this saw that Petherton would need just over 180 to win.
Jack Beal with 2-36 in nine overs was in fine form for Wellington as he took half of the wickets to fall by the time the home side’s score had reached 55 as two run outs accounted for the other two wickets.
With rain swirling Catchpole, who had opened, dropped anchor to make 26 not out and although Young with 39no played some shots Petherton were happy to settle for a draw and take one less point than Wellington when the game was declared as being abandoned as a draw.
Crewkerne 2nd XI 164 Wellington 3rd XI 167-6
Wellington 3rd XI are well placed in fourth place in Division Seven South of the Somerset League following this four wicket win at Crewkerne last weekend when they completed the double over the home side for a second successive season.
Been faced with a very green pitch saw Wellington choose to ask Crewkerne to bat first and this decision saw Tom Perry and Tyler Fyfe keep run scoring to a minimum as only 27 runs had been scored at the fifteen over stage.
Ryan Henwood got the first breakthrough for Wellington as a short ball was not pulled very well by Crewkerne opener Kember and Tom Perry had a catch.
Ollie Beale got in on the act with his leg spinners when Richard Henwood accepted a low chance to see the end of Nunns.
All this time the remaining opener Callow was nudging and pushing to a decent knock of 71, but he always presented his partners with a running dilemma and that three such dismissals occurred tells a story.
Tom Shannon once more gave a good account of himself as his medium pace was tidy at a time when Crewkerne were going to look to push things on.
Richard Henwood with 5-24 in 7.2 overs was in fine form with the ball as he saw that his side would get maximum batting points as good catching aided him with keeper Simon Burrough taking a quick moving chance, Ryan Henwood took one that had gone high in the air and David Derrick accepted a rising one from Bodger (20) as he was looking to carve one over backward point in the last over.
Henwood is on a personal hat-trick next time out for the side as Crewkerne were all out for 164.
Wellington won with some six overs to spare, but it was no cakewalk as Bargery with 3-41 in six overs posed difficulties when he got it right.
Dave Luxton with an imperious knock of 80no guided his side home as he batted all innings hitting eleven fours.
Richard Henwood with 34 and an 81 run fourth wicket stand with Luxton put Wellington into clear view of the required total, but there was still work to be done by the Red and Blacks third string and Tom Perry’s 12 which saw 43 added with Luxton for the sixth wicket nearly did the job and it was steady unbroken stand of 20 with Ryan Henwood that saw a full points haul come the way of Wellington.
Wellington Sunday XI 209-7 Bagborough Sunday XI 194
Wellington Sunday XI are up and running in Division A of the Taunton and District Sunday League following this sixteen run win over Bagborough at home last weekend that saw them collect 28 points to their visitors 17.
Bagborough, who now play their senior league cricket in the West Somerset League, asked Wellington to bat first and saw Kayden Hine and Ben Evett add 35 opening wicket runs with Evett making another quick knock at the top of the innings as he smote 25, but when he was caught at square leg a collapse ensued that saw Wellington’s score dip to 106-7 in 22 overs despite a fine knock of 54 from Luke Desave who hit two big sixes in getting to this score.
A great unbeaten stand of 103 for the eighth wicket between Ollie Beale who made 48no and Rob Moysey who made 40no galvanised Wellington’s score and took the score past 200 and in the end the pair were just 20 runs short of the Club’s all time stand for this wicket based on games that are not Saturday League in nature.
Trick with 2-30 in seven overs was Bagborough’s best offering with the ball.
Ruell and Liney had 45 on the board for Bagborough’s opening wicket in good time when Kayden Hine, again showing good medium pace on a Sunday, got rid of Liney for 26 as Ollie Wilkins took a good catch at cover after the ball had gone a long way up.
He trapped Ruell LBW for 18 and Wellington were in the game with the ball for sure.
Rob Moysey with 3-39 in seven overs dealt with the Bagborough middle order, although Dingle with 39 in no time and McKee with 26 posed issues for Wellington as they lifted the ball out of the ground on occasions; Dom Drew with 2-28 in seven good overs of off spin removed these dangermen.
Skipper Arron Campbell added his off spin to his side’s attack and with 2-21 in six overs maintained a steady hand at a late stage of the game.
Matters were ended when Jack Beal (1-30 in six overs) bowled Chiplin for 17 and the game was over with three overs left unused by the visitors who stay second in the five team table with Wellington moving up one to fourth.