Wellington backed up their narrow win over Glastonbury the week before with this demolition job on bottom side North Perrott in the Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League as the 2015 Champions find themselves, remarkably, bottom of the pile with one game to go before the half way point in the season.
Wellington are still just one place above the relegation zone, but are now opening up a gap between the bottom two sides – Butleigh and Perrott – and it stands at 21 points after this result; the Red and Blacks are just 17 points off second placed Wembdon, so a win there next weekend will make the table look even better for Alex Sparks and his men.
As for this game Perrott asked Wellington to bat on winning the toss and it was a good choice, early on at least, as Wellington were reduced to 13-2 by Marshall-James and his burst with the new ball.
However Robin Davies and Alex Sparks eased their side back into the game with a third wicket stand of 69 that saw Davies with 19 play well.
At 88-4 Wellington were in a good, but not an impregnable position and needed to push on.
Alex Sparks with 45 for the second week was in good form as he timed the ball well and was closing in on a half century when he was bowled with the score at 120-5.
The task of getting Wellington’s score to around 200 was taken up by Luke Desave with a capital 55 and Jack Beal with 20 as the side totalled 187 all out in 43.3 overs.
For North Perrott Eckland with 4-40 bowled well if a little expensively.
The run out of Perrott skipper Whorlow who made a whole heap of runs in 2015 gave Wellington a great start, but Jones with 22 steadied things to 37-2 having seen Johnson be trapped LBW by Luke Desave with the score at 17.
His departure through a Zandre Swartz catch off of Arron Campbell’s off spin (2-6 in six overs) saw the fading champions dip from 37-2 to 56-8 as Adam Rimell bowled his best spell in his short Wellington career as he carried off figures of 4-14 in seven overs that saw Perrott have no answer to his effective medium pace and when Aks Latifi caught Draper off of Ben Evett the job was done with 24.1 overs left to give Wellington 20 points to Perrott’s five.
Uphill Castle 2nd XI 191-5 Wellington 2nd XI 194-3
Wellington 2nd XI has a healthy 22 point lead at the top of Division Five of the Somerset League following this fine run chase at Uphill Castle last weekend when the bat was in the ascendancy.
Jake Nichol was Wellington’s captain on the day and he delivered with the ball as he took 3-21 in nine excellent overs of seam bowling split across two spells.
The 132 run third wicket stand between Oultram and Williams as they made 64 and 57 accounted for the bulk of the home side’s total of 191-5 in 45 overs.
Wickets for Thom Trott and Macaulay Campbell came too as Wellington’s second string needed 192 to win after tea.
The win was pretty much sealed by the 116 run opening stand that Marc Holloway (63) and Trevor Brooks (70) struck up as they dominated the Uphill attack with many fine shots all round the wicket.
The job was done with further top knocks from Mark Saunders (24no) and Mark Salter (18no) saw their side home with eight overs to spare and to 30 good points.
Wellington 3rd XI 119 Taunton Deane 4th XI 120-6
Wellington 3rd XI stay second in Division Eight South of the Somerset League although their hosts have closed the gap by virtue of this nervy four wicket win at Castle School in Taunton last weekend.
Wellington will feel that had they posted a score of 150 they would have won, but having been put into bat one over after the drinks break was costly.
Wellington got to drinks with their score on 46-3 as Richard Henwood was building an innings to be proud of and had added 33 with skipper Des Campbell (16) and the feeling was another one hundred may well be enough.
Over twenty three for Wellington turned the innings as Batstone (4-16 in eight overs) took three wickets in that over and at 52-6 Wellington were in trouble, but the lower order worked hard to post a total; Charlie Burrough added 28 for the seventh wicket with Henwood who carried his bat for a fine 68no – the bedrock of his side’s total.
Tony Hutchings was in solid form as he joined Henwood for a 36 run eighth wicket stand that defied the Deane bowlers until the last over and in going for the sixth batting point David Derrick was run out by a direct hit going for that run in the last over.
Arscott with 34 hit the ball crisply after his opening partner W.Mumby was out caught.
Richard Short joined the attack and bowled Arscott with a grubber on his way to taking 4-33 in eight overs; good catches from Dave Luxton and Charlie Burrough rewarded Short later in his spell.
The telling knock for the home side came from Jones who made 28 and shored up the Deane’s middle order.
Playing his first game since August 2014 Simon Rudd was in good form with the ball as he applied all his old nous to let just twelve runs go in eight overs.
With Richard Henwood having retired injured with a leg injury Wellington used a stint of bowling from Tony Hutchings and it came up trumps as his accurate medium pace took 1-20 in five overs.
At 83-5 Deane were in some trouble, but Burgess and Damon held their nerve to add 27 runs for their sixth wicket and this saw that, although Wellington did claim a sixth wicket, the home side won with 5.5 overs to spare.
Match reports: David Derrick