Wellington are riding high in second place in the Somerset League’s Premier Division. With another win, this time over Taunton Deane 2nd XI, they have exactly 100 points from their opening three games of the 2018 season, writes David Derrick Choosing to bat first this time Arron Campbell won a third toss of the season and with it saw Miles Cave and Neil Hendy put on 15 for the opening wicket.
Hendy top scored with 34 that contained two fours and two sixes and his was the weightiest effort of a Wellington innings that saw several players get a start, but not go on as Arron Campbell (10), Sam Whitefield (15), Luke Desave (19), Jack Beal (13) and Aks Latifi (15) all made inroads with the bat.
Wellington were all out for 144 with 5.3 overs going unused.
For Deane 2nd XI Kingdom with 3-11 in 4.3 overs late on returned their best figures with other wickets been shared out equally.
Wellington were into their stride with the ball early as Will Derrick removed former Wellington player Dave Jones with the score on six and after some six overs of seam Arron Campbell was into the attack and ripped through the Deane batting line up to take a magnificent 6-17 in nine overs that saw the County Town team’s innings wither on the vine.
Good catching from Neil Hendy and Luke Desave saw Campbell take six consecutive wickets to fall, two through to seven, as he returned 6-17 in nine overs and the game was up for Deane 2nd XI.
Neil Hendy, who had a fine all round game, took 2-28 in nine overs and it was Jack Beal and Sam Whitefield who were bowling in tandem when the last Deane wicket was taken by Whitefield to see that Wellington had a 65 run win to their credit and 32 points in the bag too as only Whitear with 19 and Squire with 10 made it to double figures for Deane who collected 13 points from the game.
South Petherton 226-7 Wellington 2nd XI 113
Wellington 2nd XI scored at a fast rate in this Somerset League Division Four game away to South Petherton last weekend, but with some 19 overs going unused the Red and Blacks second string lost by as many as they actually made.
Asking the home side to bat first on winning the toss saw that good work from Trevor Brooks to run out H.Young for 17 gave Wellington their opening wicket, but a decent second wicket stand of 78 between Acreman, who carried his bat for 95no, and Tinsley, who made 45, rather took things away from Wellington in the mid-innings.
They fought back though through skipper Rob Moysey taking 2-20 in nine overs of controlled leg spin and with Macaulay Campbell’s two spells of medium pace bringing him 3-46 in eight overs Wellington had South Petherton at 172-7, but some effective late hitting from Clarke saw that 54 more runs were added without success for Wellington coming in the last few overs of the Petherton innings.
Tom Shannon was Wellington’s other wicket taker.
Wellington scored at a fast rate, but lost wickets at a fair old lick too as Jack Derrick cracked 30 with two sixes and Ryan Adams made a fluent 22, but with Rob Moysey’s 19 and Tom Shannon’s 12 been the only other double figure scores the innings was over with a lot of overs going unused.
For South Petherton their best bowler was Harris with 3-28 in seven overs as the home side took 35 points to Wellington 2nd XI’s dozen.
Kilmington and Stourton 2nd XI 152 Wellington 3rd XI 155-2
Wellington 3rd XI made the long trek to Kilmington and Stourton on Saturday to take on the home side’s 2nd XI in Division Seven South of the Somerset League and came away with 35 points following a round journey of over one hundred miles that saw them visit Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset in one day, but it was well worth the effort as a superb all round performance from Richard Henwood (five wickets and a half-century) laid the base for a first success of the new season.
K and S opted to bat first and saw Cassidy and Ward add a fluent 42 for their opening wicket as Ward, who would eventually make 75, came to the fore, but when Andy Hurry removed Cassidy and Nicholls with successive balls and Richard Henwood did same K and S’s good start has dissipated.
Ward was now having to take charge and in W.Vellacott he found a trusty ally as they added 50 for the sixth wicket before the latter player was Henwood’s third victim.
Oli Beale with 2-46 will bowl better and not take wickets, but he struck when it mattered most and with Richard Henwood securing figures of 5-18 in eight overs along with Andy Hurry’s 2-23 in same, Ryan Henwood’s 1-28 in five overs and Tyler Fyfe’s albeit wicketless decent eight over burst that was delivered in two spells Wellington could be quite happy to have bowled K and S out for 152 with 5.1 overs going unused; home skipper M.Barge with 24 held up the end of his team’s innings with a decent knock.
Plenty of wides were sent down to start Wellington’s innings and they had lost a wicket by the time that the score had reached nine, but Oli Beale with 11 and the start of Richard Henwood’s knock saw the Red and Blacks third string exert some authority on the game; Beale was dismissed with the score on 33, but from then it was the Richard Henwood show as he made 83no and shared an unbroken stand of 122 for the third wicket with Jacob Hurry who, having kept well earlier, now made a very good 23no as he gathered singles at will.
Only W.Vellacott and Burton took wickets for K and S as Henwood and Hurry dominated totally and the game was won by eight wickets with 7.5 overs to spare so making the journey home a good one…
Wellington Sunday XI 174-9 Wombats Sunday XI 144
Wellington Sunday XI are on a twelve match unbeaten streak that goes back to July 2017 following this 30 run friendly win over Wombats at Bishops Lydeard last weekend.
Following the demise of the Lydeard club in 2015 Wombats took over the running of the ground and this is now their home venue and a quality track had been prepared for this match.
Wellington chose to bat first on winning the toss and found themselves at 8-2 before Jack Beal and Ben Evett added 44 for the third wicket as Beal cracked 31 including taking 16 off of one over and Evett made a watchful 15, but at 59-5 Wellington were back in the danger zone once more as Jessep took 3-13.
Fighting back for the Red and Blacks were Tyler Fyfe and Arron Campbell who added 50 for the sixth wicket and Campbell and David Derrick who added 28 for the seventh as Campbell propelled on to 67.
At 149-9 Wellington total was in need of a final push and it came from last pair Ben Meek and Tom Perry who added 25 unbeaten runs as Meek hit a decent 26no.
Wombats were always in the hunt for the runs they needed despite Ben Meek removing Frazer and Dryland in his pacy five over opening burst that saw Arron Campbell bowl some tidy medium pace at the other end.
Osmond and Burbridge occupied the crease for some time as they added 51 for the home side’s third wicket before they fell on the same score to Tom Perry who saw team skipper Macaulay Campbell hold one at cover and Ben Evett collected a mishit sweep shot off of Oli Beale who was bowling as he can; they had made 33 and 24 respectively.
Tom Perry’s unbroken eight over stint realised 3-24 and Beale was one ball short of bowling out as he took 3-39 in 7.5 overs.
Jessep had cracked 25 in no time, but when he hit one to Tom Shannon at cover off of Tom Perry Wellington could sense victory.
Two run outs that were finished off by Ben Evett who put in a good stint behind the sticks saw that Wellington had a 30 run win and a perfect record so far in 2018.