Wellington 2nd XI recorded their first win of 2018 in Division Four of the Somerset League at the fifteenth time of asking and although it may not save them from relegation it was a welcome tonic all round and was thanks in the main to Club Chairman Mark Salter who made 104 as the team chased down 206 to win in a rain affected game that was won with one over of the thirty that Wellington had on offer following their having asked Barrington to bat first and seeing them have a chance to bat for the whole 45 overs on offer to them should they so wish to… That the home side declared gave the Red and Blacks second string four more overs (the declaration having come after 41 overs) and was what probably tipped the game towards Wellington as they would have had 26 overs otherwise and at that point were short of the Barrington total… Such a decision may cost the hosts their place at this level as they occupy the second relegation slot.
Ian Hewson removed Barrington’s openers with the score on just 16, but A.Pitman with 36 and T.Pitman with 73no nicely increased the home team’s score although rain did drive the two sides off for 80 minutes and so 20 overs were lost and a draw situation was now in play.
As Barrington looked to up the run rate the capacity for Wellington to improve their bowling points gained on the day and to this end two wickets apiece came the way of both Thom Trott and Jack Beal as they took 2-21 and 2-9 respectively.
Wellington were a little surprised that Barrington had declared, but their thinking was that a chase at a rate of seven an over was going to be beyond the reach of Rob Moysey’s men, but it was not even though T.Pitman now turned his attentions to bowling and made Wellington be 19-2.
Mark Bray got things going in the right direction with a knock of 17 and by this stage Mark Salter was hitting his stride and was playing a powerful knock.
Fine support from Lewis Sparks with 29 and Rob Moysey with 32no added to the great dynamic that Salter’s sparkling knock made be the case with respect to the Wellington innings and with two shots to the boundary Jack Beal added to the good time feel.
Salter was eventually caught and bowled for 104, but the job was done and 32 good points were on their way back to Courtland Road even with the game ending well after 8.00pm in near darkness.
Fitzhead Crusaders 182-9 Wellington 3rd XI 132-5
The loss of thirty overs due to rain in this Somerset League Division Seven South match with top dogs Fitzhead Crusaders saw that the only outcome was going to be a draw for Wellington 3rd XI who, nonetheless, collected a decent haul of 27 points from the game and are nicely placed in fifth and on the whole probably had the better of the game.
With rain always been likely to play a part in proceedings whoever won the toss was going to bowl first and it was Wellington who had that choice and Crusaders stepped up to bat first…
Seward and D.Parsons started well as they added 47 in good time with the rain always closing in; Parsons was first out as he was the first of four victims for Andy Hurry who used the green track well to take 4-20 in eight good overs of seam after Tom Perry and Ryan Adams had delivered a couple of good spells with the new ball.
Richard Henwood joined the attack and saw that he, like Hurry, obtained some good assistance from the pitch and with took 1-17 in eight overs, though he deserved more.
Tyler Fyfe and Tom Perry took wickets late on as Wellington’s third string collected nine bowling points and had they been able to remove Smith who made a powerful 62no then it may have been that Wellington were more looking at a win than collecting batting points as a priority action.
As it was through Smith’s good play Fitzhead batted their 40 over allocation as the rules allow when time has been lost after a game has commenced and so Wellington had just 20 overs to bat, but they showed a fast scoring set of heels as Trevor Brooks and Andy Hurry added 53 for the first wicket which was ended when Brooks was stumped for 18.
Hurry hit a powerful 44, but was bowled looking to keep up the chase and good support came from Sam Nelson with 12 and Ryan Adams with 11, but in the end Wellington had to ensure that there was no wobble and it was achieved with Tom Perry hitting a good 22no and Richard Henwood 10no with Smith taking 2-13 in four overs before the game ended drawn and it was back to the New Inn at Halse for a drink and a chewing over of the day’s events.
Wembdon Sunday XI v Wellington Sunday XI
Wellington Sunday XI’s Taunton and District Sunday League Division A game at WEPL Somerset Divsion club Wembdon was called off last weekend given the torrents that came down on Saturday night and into Sunday morning.
Given the closeness to the end of the season every avenue to re-set the game was looked at as League rules allow, but there was just not an effective pathway available.
Both team take 12 points from the game and Wellington has a thirteen point lead at the top with one to play.