Wellington suffered a dent in their hopes of staying up after they were beaten by relegation rivals Temple Cloud. Wellington still have a chance of staying in the league but will need to win all their coming matches.
Wellington lost the toss and were asked to bat on a wicket that provided assistance to the bowlers. The opening Temple Cloud combination of Chris Diaper and Simon Mahoney combined to make life difficult for the Wellington batsmen. Mahoney used his cutters well to leave Wellington in early trouble at 30-5.
Neil Hendy and Ben Evett combined to rebuild the innings with Evett playing a useful counter attacking innings. However a 4 wicket burst including Hendy for 11 and Evett for 26 left Wellington at 78-9. Mark Bray was looking solid and found some support from Ian Hewson who combined to add 21 runs for the last wicket before Hewson was bowled by Temple Cloud skipper Kev Curtis.
Wellington came out to field knowing they needed early wickets and Luke Desave and Ian Hewson combined with 3 early wickets each to leave Temple Cloud 28-6. Both used their variations to good affect and were supported by some good fielding. Whilst, Wellington were on top they still had yet to dismiss skipper Curtis who started finding the boundary on a regular basis. Finding support in number 9 Diaper they started to bring the required runs down. With top edges just evading the fielders it was looking like Temple’s day as they got closer to the total. Curtis sealed the win with a 4 to finish the game on 48 not out in what was a fine captain’s innings and Diaper ended on 16 not out.
This was a tough defeat for Wellington to take but they still have 3 games remaining and if they can win those there is still a chance of staying up this season.
Wembdon 2nd XI 271-6 Wellington 2nd XI 82
Wellington 2nd XI travelled to Wembdon’s superb new set-up last weekend in Division Four of the Somerset League and found the home club’s 2nd XI to be a more robust proposition than was the case when they had met at Wellington in June and fell to a 189 run defeat on a what was a hard day’s cricket.
Wembdon chose to bat first and had lost their openers for just twelve runs as Jake Nichol and Macaulay Campbell took the new ball for Wellington and picked up a wicket apiece.
When Ryan Adams got rid of Hicks for 38 with the score on 70 the game was well poised, but it was taken away from the Red and Blacks second string through Hayward making 48 and M.Watts making a blistering 94 and too many extras being conceded.
Rob Moysey with 3-23 in nine overs was in fine form for his side, but Wembdon had enough in them to make 271-6 at tea.
A wicket was lost with the score at 2, but Rob Moysey with 34 and Aks Latifi with 18 added 51 second wicket runs to stabilise the Wellington innings, however both had gone by 57-3 and from then it was not long until Wellington were all out for just 82 in 26.5 overs as D.Watts with 4-20 in nine overs did much damage with the ball to see that his side took 35 points to Wellington’s ten.
Wellington Sunday XI 283-6 Bagborough Sunday XI 265-8
Wellington Sunday XI’s good recent form in Division A of the Taunton and District Sunday League continued when they edged a high scoring game at West Somerset League club Bagborough last weekend when Arron Campbell’s side won by 18 runs and so collected 25 points to rise to second in the five team table with two to play.
Kayden Hine was the star of the show as he carried his bat for 152no with eleven sixes as he added 137 for the second wicket with Luke Desave who made 49 – very nearly a second half century against the West Somerset side in the Sunday League this season after Hine and Ben Evett had added 37 opening wicket runs with Evett making 12.
Arron Campbell with 18 and Ollie Beale with 14 gave fine support to Hine who passed the landmark of 150 by hitting three sixes in the last over of the Wellington innings as he was particularly harsh on Liney who was Bagborough’s best bowler with 3-69 in seven overs.
Liney was first to go for 14, but Wellington found another breakthrough hard to come by and this saw Ruell and Trick add 104 second wicket runs in good style and it took a brute of a spinning ball from Arron Campbell to remove Ruell for 61 as he lost his leg bail.
Ollie Beale removed Chiplin as Kayden Hine was now showing good form with the gloves stumping him with ease, but with Trick progressing well and Dingle hitting cleanly for 37 Bagborough were not out of the hunt for the win and with Hitchcott (17) and McKee with 22 aiding Trick (79) the home side’s score was still of concern to Wellington, but with Arron Campbell taking 4-29 in seven good overs of off spin, Tyler Fyfe’s good second spell and same from Macaulay Campbell with Luke Desave using his extra pace wisely Wellington had enough in the tank to complete the season’s double over Bagborough and with two to play still be a major part of what is going to be an exciting end to the 2017 season in this competition in general and this division in particular.