Wellington continue to push hard at the top end of the Premier Division of the Somerset League as a result of this comprehensive 89 run home win over Middlezoy last weekend, writes David Derrick. A full haul of 35 points came the way of Arron Campbell’s men after he opted to bat first on winning the toss.
Wellington were 18-2 early on and this needed correcting and it did so as Robin Davies, making his first appearance of the season, made a stylish 51 as he and skipper Campbell made 84 in a third wicket stand of 106.
This momentum was continued by Mark Bray who hit a good 42no after his skipper had gone with the score on 165-4 as he and Aks Latifi got Wellington to 216 at tea with no further loss of wickets as Middlezoy struggled with the ball.
WIll Derrick and Thom Trott took the new ball for Wellington and were in business early on as ‘Zoy slipped to 55-5 with Derrick’s 3-25 in nine overs overall leading the way as only Purchase with 28, Peppard with 22 and Warren with 32 made any real impression with the bat for the visitors.
Macaulay Campbell aided the opening bowlers effort with 2-22 in seven overs of his tidy medium pace on debut for the side and with Ryan Adams joining him as first change and taking 1-36 in seven overs the job was been done well. Arron Campbell joined the attack to deliver the spin option on the day and a good effort of 2-32 in eight overs helped to take his side to a fifth win in five so far this season.
Wellington 2nd XI 110 Crewkerne 114-2
It is still tough going for Wellington 2nd XI in Division Four of the Somerset League as they lost on an emerald green strip at Crewkerne last weekend when losing the toss was not a good start.
Neither too was been 4-2 after just one over of their innings, but skipper Rob Moysey who batted well for 24 and Mark Salter who made a decent 34 got the score into the fifties before the former was out.
Oli Beale joined Salter and gave good support as did Tom Perry who made a good 18, but from 82-5 Wellington were all out for 110 with only Ryan Henwood with 13 making it to double figures.
Wallace with 4-22 and Callow with 3-12 bowled well for Crewkerne on a helpful surface.
Wellington had the home side at 10-2 as Ryan Henwood pulled off a good run out and Joe Horne got a wicket of his own, but Briggs with 37no and J.Gould with 40no put on more than one hundred runs for their side’s third wicket and so with it took the game away from Wellington’s second string.
Wellington 3rd XI 117-6 Langport 2nd XI 68
Wellington 3rd XI ground out a positive result at Langport in Division Seven South of the Somerset League last weekend and so collected thirty good points as a reward.
Des Campbell chose to bat first and it was he and new recruit Nathan Roberts who opened up for Wellington on a slow and low wicket and they added a good 39 runs before Campbell played on for 19.
Richard Henwood joined Roberts and took the score to 60 before the former was bowled, but young Roberts continued to show good technique in making 31 and it was pleasing to see a young player willing to spend time at the wicket and build an innings.
Dave Luxton with 25no saw Wellington’s third string to a decent enough total of 117-6 in 40 overs at tea as Langport’s attack was accurate throughout; C.Dawson-Bishop with 3-21 was their best operator.
Langport’s batting was brittle and it was only their captain/keeper Foyne with 26no who troubled the Wellington attack.
Richard Henwood and Nathan Robersts took the new ball and returned figures of 2-8 and 1-4 in eight overs each as accuracy was the order of the day.
Connor Wickenden with 3-30 in seven overs bowled his left arm spin well and got amongst Langport’s middle order and it was off spin from Alex Derbridge that saw it would be an away win with his 3-19 in 7.3 overs as Wellington won with ten overs to spare or thereabouts.
Wellington Sunday XI 278-7 Ilton Sunday XI 88
Wellington Sunday XI made hay in very hot conditions at Somerset League Division Four club Ilton last weekend as everyone got a piece of the action in this 190 run win for the Red and Blacks.
Macaulay Campbell opted to bat first and chose to bat first and saw Des Campbell and Miles Cave add 56 opening wicket runs as Cave hit 32 in quick time before been well caught at fine leg as he eyed up a third maximum.
Will Derrick was out to another blinding catch as he got a lot of bat on the ball and Wellington were 59-2.
This was the time for Des Campbell and Oli Beale to add 108 for the third wicket as Campbell cracked 89 with seven sixes and Beale made a stylish 43.
Arron Campbell, in such good form at this time, stroked a half century and with Tom Shannon and Alex Derbridge putting on 21 for the eighth wicket Wellington had scored well by the time tea was served; for Ilton Welch with 2-14 was their best bowler.
Charlie Burrough and Arron Campbell raced into the home batting line up with figures of 4-12 and 2-8 coming their way with Burrough taking a hat-trick as good catching from Macaulay Campbell, Miles Cave and Tyler Fyfe gave him a nice reward in his first game of the season.
Alex Derbridge bowled his off spin well once more and at 47-7 Ilton were in deep trouble, but A.Phillips with 29 and J.Phillips with 11 added a decent 34 runs before Tom Shannon and Ben Meek wrapped things up and with it a decent day for the side in front of a good number of spectators once more who enjoyed the weather and the game too.