Wellington face two successive home WEPL Somerset Division games where they can secure some space between their current position third from bottom of the league and the mid-table area of the division when they host Butleigh and Frome as a result of this six wicket defeat at table leaders North Petherton last weekend.
Despite losing a wicket in the second over Robin Davies and Alex Sparks put their foot down and added 62 good second wicket runs for Wellington making 34 and 35 respectively as they were relatively untroubled.
Zandre Swartz was in fine form with the bat for a second week as he made 40 in an excellent manner and at 131-4 with 20 overs to go Wellington were looking well set to kick on, but Swartz’s departure saw the last six wickets fall for 35 runs.
Petherton’s former first class player Ian Blackwell took 4-38 and Ali Bunce, who had a season with Wellington in 2011, took 3-37 in ten overs each and did a good job for the home side.
Petherton won in 36.4 overs with their overseas player Dave Rhoda making 65no and despite two wickets each from Luke Desave and Arron Campbell Wellington took just four points from the game, but know they have other teams to concentrate rather then a team who should win the division sometime between now and September 3.
Huntspill and District 159 Wellington 2nd XI 163-3
Wellington 2nd XI recorded a seven wicket home win over the only side who they did not get the better of in the first half of the season following an open day tie as Huntspill and District were the visitors to Courtland Road last weekend.
Huntspill decided to bat first and got away well enough as Lillycrop and Osmant with 35 and 46 made the bulk of their runs.
Early on Huntspill had made runs at a rate that concerned Wellington, but skipper Rob Moysey with 3-16 in nine overs and fellow leg spinner Ben Evett going for just 21 in the same number of overs tamed things down mid-innings.
More controlled bowling in the form of Matt Bettles and his left arm spin (1-32 in nine) and Neil Hendy’s medium pace (3-24 in nine) saw that Huntspill were all out with an over to spare.
The Red and Blacks second string’s pathway to victory was smooth as Trevor Brooks and Mark Salter added 111 runs first up as they made capital knocks of 57 and 59 respectively.
Knocks of 13 from Kevin Crout and 11no from Neil Hendy sealed the deal for Wellington and they took 35 points once more.
Wellington 3rd XI 276-2 Ilminster 3rd XI 180
Wellington 3rd XI recorded an overwhelming win in Division Eight South of the Somerset League last weekend when a large opening stand of 260 created the pathway to success and and the season’s double over their Ilminster counterparts.
It was Des Campbell and Richard Henwood who were the players involved in this stand as they were both imperious in their play and dominated the Ilminster attack at all times as Campbell made 138 and Henwood 81 as he had to call it time on this score having had a twinge from the hamstring injury he is carrying.
Miles Cave, Tom Brooks and Thom Trott secured late runs to see that Wellington had made an impressive 276-2 in 40 overs at tea as Warry was the only Ilminster bowler who had any success.
Ilminster – to their credit – did not just roll over when they batted and still had it in them to make 180 as Crouch with 54 and Lee with 38 played well, but Wellington were always dangerous with the ball as Charlie Burrough with two wickets and Tom Perry with three did as required from a new ball pairing.
Ollie Beale and Tyler Fyfe did well with mid-innings wickets and it was Richard Henwood who ended matters with under three overs to spare to give the side full points and second place once more.
Match reports: David Derrick