Wellington scored a crucial win in the Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League when they saw off closely-placed Frome by three wickets at home. Collecting eighteen points WCC drew to within six points of the bottom safety place, with six games to go.
Frome opted to bat on winning the toss and found Adam Rimell in good order with the ball as he took the opening three wickets to fall as he combined with skipper Alex Sparks, who took three catches all told, to get amongst the Frome top order.
Luke Desave and Ian Hewson were accurate despite going wicketless and this laid the platform for Rob Moysey with 3-27 in ten overs and Neil Hendy with 3-19 in eight overs to reduce Frome to 115-9 with only Potter with 33 really showing resilience with the bat.
A last wicket stand of 25 between Watts and M.Sanger held Wellington up somewhat, but only saw that Frome used up all but one of their 50 over allocation to be all out for 140.
There was a wicket for Dom Drew as well.
Wellington lost a wicket in the first over before Nick Crossing and Alex Sparks added 30 second wicket runs to see that just over one hundred were needed with eight wickets in hand as Crossing was caught for 12.
Sparks made a crisp 42 and with Luke Desave complimenting this with 17 half the required runs were on the board before Desave was bowled.
There were a few jitters when, with the score at 109, skipper Sparks was out stumped and with 32 still needed there was work to do, but Neil Hendy’s solid 18 got the side to within six of victory and the game was won when Dom Drew hit the only ball he faced for four.
Wellington 3rd XI 288-4 Chard 3rd XI 76
Wellington 3rd XI are well placed in Division Eight South of the Somerset League and have a 39 point lead in second place after this 212 run win over bottom side Chard 3rd XI last weekend.
Everything went well for Richard Henwood as he won the toss and decided to bat first; he and Dave Luxton added 82 good opening wicket runs for Wellington as Luxton made 32 before been caught at point.
Henwood carried on to a fourth half-century in five games as Wellington strengthened their grip on the game with 51 to be out at 96-2.
This was the cue for Mark Saunders and Thom Trott to add 140 for the third wicket as they played well against a young Chard side who were never lacking in effort and application despite this been a hard season for them.
Saunders with 92no was the stand out effort of the Wellington innings and Trott’s 58 was a good show too.
Tom Brooks and Ben Evett scampered late runs to get Wellington to 288-4 at tea.
Chard’s innings just about got into the second half of the forty overs on offer as they both scored runs and lost wickets at some rate.
Charlie Burrough and Tom Perry reduced them to 18-5 as Perry claimed a six wicket bag with pace and movement in equal measure as this pairing were too hot to handle.
L.Young with 17 and Driscoll with 22 played well and energetically for Chard, but the game was up when Ryan Henwood and Ollie Beale claimed the last three wickets between themselves to hand their side a thumping win.
Wellington caught well as Dave Luxton’s three slip chances show and there were other good efforts from both Will Derrick and Tom Perry as the fielders backed up their bowlers all innings long.
Bridgetown Sunday XI v Wellington Sunday XI
The weather that had an effect on both Somerset and England saw that Wellington Sunday XI’s friendly match with West Somerset League Division One side Bridgetown at their delightful ground was called off on Sunday afternoon due to heavy rain.
After a splendid roast lunch a visit to the ground found the signs not good for play and with the weather not really showing any imminent signs of improving the game was called off for a second season running.
Match reports: David Derrick