Wellington played their first game in the Somerset League since 2012 last weekend and overcame a strong Taunton St Andrews 2nd XI. Arron Campbell, in his first game as 1st XI team captain, chose to ask TSA to bat first in pleasingly warm conditions and his bowlers did not disappoint on having the chance to take first use of the new ball.
Luke Desave with 0-21 in nine overs and Ian Hewson with 1-12 in seven with three maidens opened up well for Wellington and it was Hewson who struck first when Tom Poole was bowled with the score on 14. The arrival of former pro player Kevin Parsons at the crease saw him play with no issues; that was until Jack Beal bowled him as he gave him the charge and at 44-3 TSA were needing to consolidate matters.
However Beal had other ideas as he collected 3-16 in six excellent overs of left arm medium fast bowling and this coupled with Neil Hendy taking same in nine overs saw TSA’s second string dip to 57-7 with Will Derrick giving good seam based support.
Arron Campbell with 3-22 wrapped matters up and although a nagging last wicket stand between Draper and Woodland took TSA past three figures Wellington had 109 to chase to record their first win in ten league games.
The bowling of Eggbeer and Clements roared into action and Wellington found themselves at 27-5, but a solid sixth wicket stand of 35 between Neil Hendy, who remained unbeaten on 16no and saw his team home, and Jack Beal who hit a run a ball 18 propelled Wellington towards their target; after Beal was out Aks Latifi took up the mantle of being Hendy’s partner and his valuable 16 runs took the Red and Blacks almost to the win they craved… Latifi was out with ten needed and it was Lewis Sparks who saw the home side over the line and to 33 excellent points…
TSA took 12 points and Eggbeer’s final figures of 4-25 in nine overs are worthy of merit.
Wellington 3rd XI 66 Broadway and Horton 2nd XI 67-5
On losing the toss and been asked to bat first in this Somerset League Division Seven South match Wellington 3rd XI lost a wicket to the opening ball of the game and later saw their score dip to 27-6, but a bright seventh wicket stand between Richard Henwood who made a fine 24 and Andy Hurry with 10 saw that Wellington’s score became a good one all things considered as Oli Beale’s 11 was the other double figure score on offer for the Red and Blacks.
Driskel with 3-5 was Broadway’s main danger man. The pitch under use was a victim of the recent deluges and the home side struggled too as Tom Shannon collected the opening two wickets to make B and H be 15-2.
Had Grabham been caught when the chances to do so came (note Andy Hurry’s fine efforts) then the game may well have been up for the home side, but he chipped away to make 24 and was only dismissed with seven needed.
Wickets also came for Richard Henwood, Andy Hurry and Oli Beale as the side put in a good shift all told taking eight points to B and H’s 33.
Wellington Sunday XI 218-6 Bridgwater Sunday XI 158
Wellington Sunday XI recorded an early season Taunton and District Sunday League Division A double over Bridgwater at home last weekend in perfect conditions and in front of a good Bank Holiday Sunday crowd.
Macaulay Campbell opted to bat first and saw Ben Evett crack one through the covers early before been first out with the score on six. This led to Miles Cave and Oli Beale combining to add 57 for the second Wellington wicket with Cave making 22 as he continued his good weekend following on from a good display behind the sticks the day before for the 1st XI.
Beale had made a good knock the previous day for the 3rd XI in testing conditions and here he was able to make 35 and take the side, of which he is vice captain, towards 100.
The second half impetus came from Des Campbell’s 31 and Arron Campbell’s great 79 with six sixes to boot as Wellington made it to well over 200 with Rob Moysey, Macaulay Campbell and Will Derrick all making good late runs.
Locke with 17 runs going off his seven overs of seam was Bridgwater’s best bowler as their skipper Bellinger picked up two late wickets, but at a cost. Gilbert and Duckering raced away when it came to be Bridgwater’s turn to bat and it took a fine Will Derrick yorker to remove Duckering for 14.
Oli Beale saw that B.Powlett played a bad shot to be bowled and Bridgwater were 53-2, but Gilbert was going well and when Macaulay Campbell bowled him for 38 Wellington were relieved.
By this time Ben Evett had taken a ball on the thumb whilst keeping and had to leave the field of play, but he was able to come back later on. Miles Cave took over the gloves and once again put in a good display.
Wellington kept taking regular wickets as Rob Moysey (3-37 in seven overs) and Arron Campbell (five good overs for sixteen) shared the bowling in the middle overs, but whilst Bridgwater skipper Bellinger was there he was a threat to Wellington’s victory hopes, but a smart piece of glove work from Miles Cave on receipt of Will Derrick’s throw from the boundary found him just short of his ground having made 49.
Ben Evett, now an outfielder, took the winning catch at square leg off of Will Derrick to give Wellington a 60 run 24 point win with Bridgwater taking 18 for their efforts.