Wellington and Butleigh are both in the drop zone in the Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League after this match, but it will be Butleigh who will be the happier of the two following their six wicket win at Wellington last weekend.
Wellington, who host Frome this coming weekend, really do need to win that one to get into the mid table region as they are 15 points away from safety.
Wellington were asked to bat first and saw Robin Davies and Arron Campbell give them a good start with a 25 run opening stand that was ended when Davies was bowled for 19; Campbell made 14.
Alex Sparks with 38 was in good form once more and closed in on a half century before he became one of nine wickets to fall to spin as left armer Bilsborough bowled him with the score at 92.
Zandre Swartz with 27 played a good hand, but only Dom Drew with 14no made it to double figures thereafter as the Red and Blacks lost eight wickets for 66 to be all out for 158 with over eleven overs left unused.
Bilsborough with 4-29 in ten overs and Drew with 5-48 in 8.5 overs had spun Butleigh to a good position at tea.
The visitors played well in their innings that spanned one ball less than forty overs and saw them collect twenty points as Durston with 49, Hicks with 22 and Woolway with 34no played well.
Spin did well for Wellington too as Dom Drew got through ten overs taking 1-39, Arron Campbell took 1-32 in ten overs and Sam Whitefield took 2-30 in eight overs, but the total on offer to Wellington was not of the size it needed to be given the good start they had had.
The visit of Frome this Saturday offers a chance to rise up the table for sure.
Trull 187-8 Wellington 2nd XI 164
Despite suffering their first defeat of the season at the hands of their nearest challengers in Division Five of the Somerset League last weekend Wellington 2nd XI are still 27 points clear of Trull and are well set for the run in.
A good bowling effort was served up by the Red and Blacks second string as Jake and Lee Nichol hit the right lines again as their combined eighteen overs cost just 47 runs as the brothers once more did a fine job with the new ball; Jake broke the Trull opening stand of 33 when he trapped Blundell LBW for 12.
Trull’s total was based on Sapey’s 47 and solid middle order offerings in the twenties as they made it to 187-8 at tea.
Spin was prominent for Wellington as Rob Moysey and Ben Evett took five wickets between them and with one for Neil Hendy a run rate of around 4 an over would do it.
Trevor Brooks and Mark Salter added 34 opening runs for Wellington in good style before Brooks was caught off of Thomas for ten.
Salter – with 20 – played well until becoming an LBW victim of Hayward who took 3-23 in nine overs.
Ollie Wilkins and Neil Hendy took a score of 58-3 and took it over the three figure mark at which point Wilkins was bowled for 13 and 84 more were needed.
Hendy was playing a great hand and was two away from a half century when he was trapped LBW by the dangerous Hayward.
Hendy was out with the score on 127-6 and this rapidly became 139-9 and the game was as good as up, but a spirited stand of 25 for the last wicket between Ben Evett and Jake Nichol got Wellington two more batting points as they were all out for 164 with two balls to spare as they took 16 points to Trull’s 34.
Wellington 3rd XI 168-4 All Saints 128
Wellington 3rd XI completed their second double of the season when they took 33 points from their visit to All Saints – based between Chard and Axminster – last weekend and in a game where run scoring was tough the side came away with a 40 run win.
Choosing to bat first Des Campbell and Richard Henwood looked to build on their huge opening stand from the previous week against Ilminster and they added 42 in solid fashion before Henwood, having made 20, crashed a short wide ball to Wallace in the covers off of Bryant.
Campbell had made it to 27 against a decent bowling attack before been caught behind at 67-2.
Thom Trott made a robust 66no as he batted for a long time in testing circumstances with the ball rising at times; this backdrop was a tough one and makes his knock all the more of a quality one.
Dave Luxton with 14 and good inputs from Ryan Henwood and Ollie Beale with 16no saw Wellington to a decent 168-4 at tea.
After the break Charlie Burrough and Tom Perry took the new ball for Wellington and when they had concluded their opening bursts with it All Saints were 25-2 in ten overs and behind the rate.
It was then that home skipper M.Nunns unleashed some fierce hitting to make 43 and with Wallace’s 23 at the other end keeping going too the Saints score had got to 90 in 20 overs and Wellington had to work hard to claw their way back in.
Will Derrick’s caught and bowled effort saw Wallace was out and the first of four catches for Ryan Henwood saw the end of Nunns as he was caught at long on.
His departure saw the home side crumble to 128 all out as Charlie Burrough and Tom Perry came back for a second stint and took final figures of 3-18 and 2-20 in eight overs respectively.
Richard Henwood’s five over burst realised 3-7 and this was enough to seal the win and keep Wellington’s third string in second place in Division Eight South of the Somerset League.
Match reports: David Derrick