Wellington 180: Bishops Lydeard 181-6
Wellington slipped one place to fifth in the Somerset Division of WEPL following this four wicket defeat at Bishops Lydeard last weekend when the Red and Blacks should have made more runs first up and delivered a wayward bowling performance to see that 32 wides were given to the home side. In a game that they won with just 13 balls to spare, it made all the difference.
Paul Short and Charlie Davies crafted a 94 run opening stand for Wellington and this saw the home side be second best as Short made 35 and Davies carried his bat for a classy 83no.
The introduction of Brian Stone’s left arm spin was the catalyst for Lydeard to come back into the game as he took 4-27 in 1o excellent overs that saw Wellington’s score slip to 116-5; Scott Davey with 17 added 26 with Davies for the sixth wicket and in the end Wellington got to 180 all out in 48.1 overs.
Greg Walters with 4-36 in 9 overs did the other dose of damage to the Wellington innings.
Luke Desave bowled another excellent couple of spells for Wellington to take 2-29 in 10 overs and Rob Moysey with 2-23 in 10 overs was miserly for a second week running, but the wides Wellington conceded were to prove their undoing.
Lydeard skipper Justin Burke suffered a hamstring injury and needed a runner, but still made a good 46 and James Escott with 29 dropped anchor well, but at 116-6 the home side were teetering with young Jack Beal in the attack and bowling well.
A fine unbroken seventh wicket stand of 65 between Brian Stone and Justin Hayward saw Lydeard home and had Wellington held a chance from Hayward the outcome may have been different, but overall the home side played the better all round game and Wellington move on to a home derby with Staplegrove on Saturday.
Wellington 2nd XI 232-8 Burnham-on-Sea 222-9
Wellington 2nd XI pulled out all the stops to beat Somerset League Division Three leaders Burnham-on-Sea at home last weekend and now face the two bottom sides in the next three weeks and have a real chance to pull clear of any issues with staying up.
Burnham asked Wellington to bat first and saw Trevor Brooks and Marc Holloway both make a start by getting to 15, but both were back in the hutch by the time the score had reached 30.
Mark Salter with a fine 81 and Mark Saunders with 50 added 117 for the third wicket as the home side took charge – both used all their experience and nous to put the Red and Blacks second string into the driving seat.
Good late impetus came from Indika Weerawarna with 48 as Burnham’s attack wilted – M.Green with 4-69 and Driver with 3-60 took wickets, but went at five runs an over and more.
Driver got his own back somewhat as he was part of a 105 run opening stand with Dalrymple – 52 – as it took 23 overs for Wellington to take a wicket despite Adrian Lee opening up with three maidens in his six over opening burst.
The star of the show with the ball for Wellington was George Hooper who took 6-62 in 12 fast overs; he bowled with pace and energy and stamina and this was a fine show from Hooper who bowled at his best.
Burnham made a sterling effort to overhaul the Wellington total, but they fell just short and Wellington must play with the same level at bottom side South Petherton next weekend.
Wellington Sunday XI 299-7 Stogumber Sunday XI 134
Wellington Sunday XI put in a strong all round performance at West Somerset Division Two side Stogumber last weekend as the runs flowed and the wickets tumbled in the warm sunshine.
Wellington batted first and saw Robin Davies and Tom Hawkings add 23 first wicket runs as the short off side boundaries came into play; they were breached many time as Alex Sparks hit 104 with eight sixes in quick time.
Good middle order runs from Des Campbell with 33 and Ollie Wilkins with 38 set the platform for Rob Moysey with 62no to take Wellington to within one run of 300 in their forty overs.
Stogumber batted at a good pace, but lost wickets all the time as Ollie Wilkins and Macaulay Campbell removed the top five in eleven overs with 2-28 and 2-21 between them.
Home skipper D.Godfrey with 23 and B.Howe with 38no added gloss to Stogumber’ s innings, but good leg spin from Ben Evett, Alex Troake and Rob Moysey saw the game was over with 14.2 overs left as three run outs were effected by Wellington.
Match reports: David Derrick