Wellington have slipped back to third place in the Premier Division of the Somerset League having not developed their good start with the bat chasing a useful, but not overbearing target of 179 last weekend as the team lost all ten wickets for just 58 runs after a fine start had been made by openers Robin Davies (32) and Neil Hendy (10) as they put on 62.
Even despite two more wickets been lost, at 104-3 through good work from Sam Whitefield (13) and skipper Arron Campbell (18) the game was still Wellington’s to take, but the Red and Blacks slithered away to be 120 all out with a massive 14 overs unused.
With fine figures of 4-31 in nine overs and 3-3 in just four overs Lang and Luckins saw that Shapwick and Polden 2nd XI took the honours.
Earlier in the day the visitors to Courtland Road had won the toss and opted to bat first and made a slow, but solid start against Will Derrick (2-22 in seven) and Ian Hewson (0-14 in seven).
The first wicket for Wellington came when Jack Beal bowled Rudge with the score on 18.
Luckins and Haggett developed matters as seam gave way to spin and back again with wickets coming the way of Sam Whitefield and Neil Hendy and at 84-4 S and P’s second string were running out of overs, but a punchy stand of 68 for the fifth wicket between Smith (55) and Spencer (30) saw that the visitors were going to have more to bowl at than they might have had, but 179 to win was not going to be daunting to the Red and Blacks and they got away well as S and P’s attack was quick, but wayward and sent down a right old assortment of wides and no balls as well as balls to score from and Robin Davies certainly did so, but from 62-0 to 120 all out sees Wellington be some 44 points behind leaders Street with Taunton Deane 2nd XI in between them.
Wellington 2nd XI again came close to a first win of the season in Division Four of the Somerset League when they played at North Perrott 2nd XI last weekend, but dropping home opener Taylor on nought when he went on to make 73 made the difference.
Wellington’s second string was asked to bat first and saw Trevor Brooks and Mark Salter get away on a good track to the tune of a 34 run opening stand that was ended when Brooks was bowled for 17.
Mark Saunders joined Salter at the crease and they added 47 for the second wicket with Saunders, who is enjoying a good season with the bat for the side, making 26 in good time.
Wellington’s main block of runs on the day came from Salter who cracked a fine 67 and Luke Desave, on return from injury, who added 74 for the third wicket with the latter making 44 good runs.
Salter was out seven short of the team score reaching 200 as Ben Evett weighed in a run a ball 31.
George Coate’s knock of 12 was the best of the latter batters as Wellington were all out for 218 with two balls left; for Perrott Downing with figures of 0-9 in seven overs was exemplary on a day when some expensive figures were returned by the home bowlers.
Dropping Taylor on zero went a long way to seeing that Perrott came out on top as he made 73 thereafter as the home side’s other top order players gave good support as Wellington had to think hard on the bowling front.
Lewis Sparks and Tyler Fyfe took the new ball and on an unforgiving pitch for bowlers did all they could as Sparks took the opening wicket as Dicker was bowled for 16.
George Coate was vibrant with the ball, but went unrewarded all the same; success came Wellington’s way through the slower bowlers as Ben Evett, Mark Salter and Trevor Brooks took six wickets between them, but the home side got over the line in the end to leaving the Red and Blacks second string still looking for a first win of the season.
Wellington 3rd XI should have beaten Somerset League Division Seven South leaders Taunton St Andrews 4th XI on the road at Bishop Fox’s School last weekend, but, for a second week running, the last wicket stand for the opposing side made all the difference.
Des Campbell won the toss and elected to bat on a dry and grassless pitch and soon Dave Luxton and Richard Henwood were adding a 49 run opening stand in seven overs as TSA’s attack was too short and this was cashed in on by Wellington; the merry spree was ended when Luxton was LBW to home skipper S.Hockey for 21 as he took 2-19 in eight good overs of off spin.
At 96-4 Andy Hurry joined Henwood and they added a classy 95 runs for the fifth wicket as Hurry crafted a knock of 48 to go with Henwood’s eventual cracking 88.
Wickets fell late on, but Wellington got to full batting points through some good play from Jonty Ogilvie and Andy Campbell.
After tea Contreras and King added 48 good opening wicket runs and TSA were looking well set to give the 203 runs that they needed to win a good go, but the game was turned on its head by Oli Beale who found himself on a hat-trick on his way to 3-41 in eight overs of leg spin and with Andy Hurry joining the attack too TSA lost five wickets for just three runs.
The arrival at the crease of German, who would be the match winner for TSA later on, and S.Hockey saw TSA recover somewhat, but Wellington kept chipping away as Andy Hurry took 3-13 in eight fine overs of medium pace, Des Campbell followed up his ‘four fer’ the week before with 1-49 in eight overs and when Jacob Hurry as wicket keeper held on to one from Parsons, who made 22, off of Richard Henwood TSA were 177-8 and still chasing matters…
Ryan Henwood’s better second spell also contributed to Wellington’s effort in the field against the top side and when R.Hockey was run out through good work from Andy Campbell, Richard Henwood and Jacob Hurry it was one wicket to go for victory for Wellington.
David Derrick, having come in close to put pressure on last TSA man N.Yarde, reacted well to his firm push in the penultimate over and tried for another run out, but he had got back into his crease and so TSA came into the last over needing ten to win with German on strike and he was equal to the task as he hit three fours in four balls to end on 89no and send Wellington home empty handed as such, but with a decent enough haul of 19 points.