Wellington finished their season with an away trip to Wembdon and came up just short in another close game writes Alex Sparks. Visiting Wembdon’s new ground for the first time, Wellington won the toss and chose to bat. With Wellington already resigned to relegation some changes were made to the batting order and Ian Hewson & Will Derrick went out to open up.
Both showed early promise before being dismissed to leave the side at 22-2 Kayden Hine came in and steadied the ship at number four and he was well supported by Sam Whitefield with the pair putting on 86 for the 5th wicket.
Whitefield was dismissed for 34, but Hine carried on to reach his first league fifty of the season before being dismissed for 55. Contribution from Alex Sparks (21), Ben Evett (17) and Luke Desave (14 not out) helped Wellington close to the 200 mark before being dismissed for 197.
Luke Desave and Jack Beal opened the bowling for Wellington and both made an early breakthrough supported by good catching by Arron Campbell and Ben Evett.
This brought the dangerous Brockwell to the crease and making use of the short boundaries he made a quick 50 including 6 6s.The spin twins of Campbell and Whitefield bowled well in tandem in the face of Brockwell’s onslaught and when Brockwell was caught at deep mid-wicket thanks to a good catch from Jack Beal Wembdon were 97-5.
However Trunks and Henry put paid to any hopes of a Wellington win with a 6th wicket partnership of 92.
With the game wrapped up by Wembdon, Alex Sparks and Robin Davies came on to pick up their first league team wickets, but Sellick saw Wembdon home with a six. Wellington 197 Wembdon 202-7
Despite a decent first half to the season, Wellington finished bottom of the WEPL Somerset Division and will play their cricket in the Somerset League’s Premier Division next time round. This will be an opportunity for this young side to continue to develop with the aim of getting back into the WEPL structure in the very near future.
The players would also like to place on record their thanks to all the volunteers on and off the field at the club for their efforts through the season.
Castle Cary 198 Wellington 2nd XI 200-2
Wellington 2nd XI secured a very decent third place in Division Four of the Somerset League as they signed off their 2017 season with an eight wicket home win over already relegated Castle Cary last weekend.
The visitors chose to bat first and were indebted to their skipper J.Elsworth who made 59 from his position as opener as Atkins, Leach and Keirl with 29, 42 and 14 respectively saw that their side would very nearly gather full batting points.
Jake Nichol, who has had a fine season for Wellington’s second string in 2017, took 2-14 in nine excellent overs of seam bowling and was accurate and controlled throughout.
Thom Trott took 1-39 in eight overs and with 2-37 from Ryan Adams Wellington were working through the Cary order in an effective fashion.
Rob Moysey with 3-19 in 7.3 overs saw the end of the Cary innings with around an over to go as his leg spin did a good job once more.
Trevor Brooks and Moysey gave Wellington a fine start as they chased 199 to win with an 87 run opening wicket stand as they dominated proceedings.
Brooks made a capital 52 and with this as support Moysey then kicked on to make 90 and virtually seal the deal for his side as he played a sparkling knock.
Kevin Crout with 37no and Lewis Sparks saw the game was won with some overs to spare and give Wellington’s second string a 35 point haul.
Third place following promotion this time last year is a good outcome for the side and they may even get to go up once more as the SCL is likely to have to undertake some structural changes ahead of the 2018 season.
Trull 2nd XI 171-9 Wellington 3rd XI 160
Wellington 3rd XI, too, have followed up their Somerset League promotion from this time last season with a decent showing in Division Seven South as they secured fourth place despite this eleven run loss at Trull last weekend to their 2nd XI who are divisional runners up for 2017.
Trull opted to bat first and their innings was one where Wellington held sway for large portions of it as Ben Wardell and Lee Nichol had the openers Seward and England back in the hutch with the score having only reached 13.
Richard Henwood with 3-27 in eight overs had the measure of Trull’s middle order despite M.Morrish and D.Morrish making 39 and 37 respectively in a fifth wicket stand of 63.
Ollie Beale has had a good season with his leg spin and took 1-36 in 8 overs as good catching by Lee Nichol saw him take two as well as taking 2-20 in eight overs.
Tom Shannon once more bowled well in this game having done well in July when Trull visited Wellington.
At 137-8 with Ryan Henwood taking 2-15 in four overs Wellington were in place to end the Trull innings, but Parsons with 22no and Melville with 12 added a frustrating stand for the home side’s ninth wicket and this made all the difference in the end.
Although Wellington lost a wicket early Tom Chambers, who would go on to make 51, and Ollie Beale, who made 12, consolidated matters and then Wellington pushed on with Richard Henwood joining Chambers.
At 47-3 skipper Des Campbell joined Chambers and they accelerated with Campbell making a good 33 with one six as Wellington were getting ready for a final push at the 172 they needed to win.
However it was the innocuous off spin of S.Morrish with 3-25 in five overs that saw the Wellington innings would fall just short as he got Chambers caught despite having got a lot of bat on the ball.
Lee Nichol with 17 gave it a good go, but his run out left last pair David Derrick and Jonty Ogilvie with too much to do and when Derrick was trapped LBW on the last ball of the game Trull had completed the season’s double over the Red and Blacks third string and took 33 points to Wellington’s seventeen.