Wellington return to the Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League next season after achieving third place in the Premier Division of the Somerset League and that WEPL, due to their structural needs for 2019, need to receive three teams from the SCL and not just the SCL champion side and runners up; in this case Taunton Deane 2nd XI, Street and the Red and Blacks will be at this level next season.
Wellington were already well placed to get third having beaten Street the previous week and knew that any sort of win over Temple Cloud combined with ten bonus points of some sort would secure their return to WEPL after a season away.
With a bus load of support to egg them on Arron Campbell opted to bat first at what is usually a high scoring ground near Bristol, but the team found the early exchanges tough as the score was 55 when the fourth wicket was lost despite each of Tom Chambers, Neil Hendy, Sam Whitefield and Arron Campbell getting into double figures.
The telling stand came from Mark Bray and Aks Latifi who added 102 fine runs for the fifth wicket as Bray made 58 with seven fours in 71 balls and Latifi 62 with seven fours and two sixes at a run a ball.
This dented the Temple momentum and saw it shift towards Wellington as the lower order carried things through with Ben Evett’s 16 and Jack Beal’s 17 adding vital late runs to see that Wellington had posted 234 all out; for Temple Head, with 2-18 in 8.1 overs was immaculate in his bowling, but some of his colleagues less so as Hamblin took three wickets, but went for nearly seven runs per over.
Temple were rushed out in 30.2 overs as they scored at pace, but were always losing wickets as only Mahoney with 44 really made an innings of substance.
Will Derrick with 4-45 and Neil Hendy with 3-26 were Wellington’s main bowling stars on the day and with wickets for Luke Desave and Arron Campbell backing these efforts up it was a Wellington win by 71 runs and a regaining of a place in WEPL.
The team valued the great support that was on offer on the day and say a big ‘thank you’ to all those who have followed the side home and away in 2018; Shellie Jarman organised the logistics of the day and her hard work in this respect and in scoring for the side on a weekly basis is noted by a great many people.
The hard work to prepare for a successful return to WEPL will start in earnest very soon, but, for a little time at least, the team and the wider Club can reflect on a job well done by a young and vibrant captain and team and savour the moment.
Wellington 2nd XI 138 Peasedown St John 139-7
Wellington 2nd XI’s hard season in Division Four of the Somerset League ended with another performance of grit and determination, as has the been the case often in 2018, but, again as the case has been this campaign, they could not close out a game that was there to be won at times during the piece.
Taking into account the sheer mileage involved with the visit of Bath based side Peasedown St John to Wellington and that it was their Awards Event that evening the game commenced at 11.30am and saw Wellington’s second string asked to bat first and this saw the PSJ attack hold sway as Wellington were reduced to 40-6 as Swift with 3-10 in 6.2 overs all told and Fourell with 3-20 in seven overs caused havoc with the top order as only Oli Beale, who has had a fine season with the bat at all levels in 2018, with a solid and determined 40 held firm.
Mitchell with 2-24 also got in on the act and at 95-7 when Beale was out matters had improved somewhat, but the visitors were in command.
Rob Moysey and Ryan Adams gladdened Wellington with their defiance in making 29 and 43 respectively as both took the attack to the PSJ attack, but the fun was ended just one run short of the seventh batting point when Swift, having rejoined the attack, got rid of Adams.
PSJ, in third place and not without a chance of going up, would need 139 to win after the ‘tea’ (or was it lunch?) break.
Nathan Roberts grabbed an early breakthrough for Wellington as he removed PSJ skipper J.Tucker for a duck, but G.Tucker and Lock added 34 second wicket runs to steady their ship before Ian Hewson removed the latter Tucker for 28 – Lock made 17.
Swift added a good knock to his earlier good bowling as he was what won the game for PSJ in the end, but not before Rob Moysey had taken 4-12 in five overs to make PSJ 80-6, but 68 from Swift (Oli Beale got him with 10 needed to win) was the difference as Ruddock and Fourrell scrambled home for a three wicket win to retain some level of interest for PSJ in playing in Division Three of the SCL next season.
Wellington won only one game in 2018 and will be in SCL Division Five next season; some games saw the team have chances to have done better, but it is a case of looking forward and not back at what could, should or might have been; it is a case of taking what comes for 2019 and seeing that chances are taken when they come along in the next campaign.
Lydford 2nd XI 201-5 Wellington 3rd XI 106
Wellington 3rd XI’s season in Division Seven South of the Somerset League ended with bottom side Lydford 2nd XI completing the double, but it has been a good season for the side who ended in fifth place overall.
Wellington won the toss and asked the home side to bat on a green wicket and there was success early on for Olly Hunt as he removed J.Robertson for just one as he produced a fine delivery to bowl him all ends up.
A steepling catch that was well taken by Ryan Henwood gave Tyler Fyfe some success and at 32-2 Lydford were struggling.
They battled back with Barnes making 75 in fine style, but he did benefit from been dropped as did his partner Fowler in adding 76 runs for the third Lydford wicket.
In a good show with the ball Tom Shannon with 2-18 in eight overs found himself on a hat-trick and Ryan Henwood did get Barnes out, but with Spencer’s 33no to add to it Lydford’s total was over 200 at tea and this was going to be hard to chase down; it needed a good start when Wellington’s third string batted.
Richard Henwood and Simon White did start well and were closing in on a half-century stand when Henwood was run out for a dashing 30 and then the collapse came as from 45-0 in nine overs the team were all out for the addition of only 51 runs in 15.1 overs.
White with 26 did well, but needed a partner to stay with him and this did not take place although Rob Hunt did strike the ball well to the boundary and Alex Derbridge, David Derrick and Connor Wickenden all did enough to see that their side got past 100, but the game was up when Derbridge was out for 14.
2018 has been a decent season for the side and it can look forward with confidence in the knowledge that it is performing the correct role for the Club.
Wellington Sunday XI 169 Wombats Sunday XI 132
A good last weekend of the season for Wellington CC ended with the Sunday XI, champions in their own right in their SCS sponsored League and with only one defeat all told, claiming a friendly double over Wombats in what was a most pleasant way to conclude play for 2018.
Oli Beale took charge in Macaulay Campbell’s absence and opted to bat first on winning the toss and he saw Aks Latifi and Will Derrick add 24 first up with Derrick smashing 17 with one six and Latifi 21, also with a six.
Beale himself made 18, but there was a wobble at 78-5 as Whysall with 2-20 saw that the side that now occupies Bishops Lydeard CC’s old ground fought their way back into the game.
Ben Evett with a punchy 53 with two sixes and Arron Campbell with 39 added 75 for the sixth wicket and this brought Wellington back into the ascendancy; however the tail was blown away as Bendle took two wickets with the four balls that he bowled to see that the Red and Blacks were shot out for 169 in 32.4 overs.
Ben Evett took two wickets as he opened up and effected the bizarre run out of Smith to make Wombats 18-3.
Bendle with 21 steadied the middle order, but Alex Derbridge trapped him LBW in the end.
Fooks with 15 did same until Rob Moysey got him and it was nearing the end of the game at 71-8, but a spirited stand between Wombats skipper York-Smith with 39no and J.Burbidge with 15 for the ninth wicket added 54 and this held Wellington up for some time, but Ben Evett’s return to the attack and that of Oli Beale ended matters in the Red and Blacks favour by some 37 runs with 2.3 overs left unused.
A pleasing Sunday season for the Club and one that has seen the top honours that are available to the side gained for the third time in five seasons.