The long hot spell broke in spectacular fashion last weekend when Wellington hosted bottom side Burnham-on-Sea in the Somerset League’s Premier Division and had to settle for much the better of the draw as all games in the division suffered that fate, writes David Derrick.
Going into the game, as a result of Ashbrittle CC’s withdrawal from the division and the subsequent expunging of their playing record, Wellington rose to third in the division and were back in with a shout of challenging for the second of the two promotion spots.
As it was a massive shower around 11.00am saw that whoever won the toss would surely look to bowl first and it was Burnham who won this aspect and decided to do the expected.
They were then forced to endure a 185 run opening stand between Tom Chambers and Neil Hendy and this is a new record for this item…
With knocks of 78 from Chambers which included ten fours and a six and 87 from Hendy with eight fours and three sixes it was a Red and Blacks batting master class on show…
When Hendy was out there was a flurry of wickets as quick runs were chased against a backdrop of gathering gloom as the score moved on to 199-6 with McCollum taking 3-72 in seven overs as he fought back well from an expensive start.
Sam Whitefield and Ben Evett recaptured the momentum for Wellington as they smacked 23no and 16 no respectively; indeed Evett’s knock occupied just seven balls and contained two sixes with Whitefield’s having one four and one six in it; in adding 37 for the seventh wicket they took Wellington to 236-6 in 42 overs when a declaration came.
Tea was taken, but overs had been lost affording Burnham the chance to grind the overs out and claim a draw.
Luke Desave and Jack Beal took the new ball and Desave trapped Harris LBW with the score on zero, but only five overs were possible before the rain came down for good and saw the game abandoned as a draw with Wellington taking 23 points and Burnham-on-Sea 18.
Wellington stay third and are 44 points behind second placed Taunton Deane 2nd XI and are 21 points clear of fourth placed Taunton St Andrews 2nd XI with four to play and a week off on Saturday 11th August given that their home game with Ashbrittle is now no longer part of the schedule.
Wellington 2nd XI 181 Uphill Castle 2nd XI 182-6
Wellington 2nd XI, bottom of Division Four of the Somerset League, gave a really good account of themselves in this tough away game against divisional leaders Uphill Castle 2nd XI last Saturday, but despite doing well the home side continued their charge for promotion and dealt Wellington’s second string another defeat.
Wellington were asked to bat first and saw Trevor Brooks and Mark Salter get 21 on the board for the opening wicket before they were separated.
Brooks continued to a fine 38 and he has and is having a decent season with the bat despite the overall travails of the side.
Skipper Rob Moysey with 44 and Mark Bray, another who is scoring well for the side at this time, made 31 and this saw Wellington get to 152-5 when the captain was out, but only Ian Hewson with 13 got to double figures after those just mentioned although the innings ended on a credible 181 all out from the last ball of the innings.
Uphill did lose six wickets getting to the required total, but made it with exactly 15 overs left unused as Holyday with 42 and Lloyd with 38 were their main men; at 131-5 you never knew if Wellington could knock over what remained as Lewis Sparks, Ian Hewson, Tyler Fyfe, Trevor Brooks and Ryan Henwood each strived hard with the ball, but 24no from Biggs and 27 from Chapman sealed the deal for the side from Weston Super Mare and a 52 point lead at the top of the shop was theirs.
Yeovil 3rd XI 181-5 Wellington 3rd XI 104-8
Wellington 3rd XI’s good run in Division Seven South of the Somerset League was ended last weekend at Bradford Abbas CC, near Sherborne, when Yeovil 3rd XI had too much in the tank for the Red and Blacks third string to make it five out of five and so to also have won all their games in July.
To this end Wellington were just over the border into Dorset and were confronted with as dry and parched a surface as there has been this summer, but with a wind so strong that players could not hear each other at times and with rolling shower clouds doing the rounds too it was a dynamic backdrop to the game.
Yeovil opted to bat first on winning the toss and saw Boucher and Farr each use being dropped once apiece to their advantage as they added 69 for the home side’s opening wicket making 43 and 21 between them.
Catches from father and son pair Rob and Olly Hunt were good to see as this pair was finally spilt up.
A knock of 51no from Malcolm was the main feature of the Yeovil innings, but he benefited from been dropped early in the six over spell that took place between 35 and 40 overs as this was played after an early tea had been taken due to a powerful shower falling; before this Wellington bounced back and took four wickets for 43 to see the score be 112-4 as Oli Beale, Richard Henwood and a comical run out that was ended by Dave Luxton got in amongst the wickets and at 125-4 in 34 overs when the rain came it was about even in the game, but over fifty runs came after tea as Bryant with 21 aided Malcolm to boost Yeovil’s score to 181-5 despite Dave Luxton, doing a good job as stand in keeper, accepting a looping chance off of Bryant from the bowling of Nathan Roberts, now permanently with the Club following his family’s move from Cornwall.
Andy Hurry went wicketless, but only let 23 runs go in eight classy medium paced overs.
Wellington would be batting on different wicket than had been the case when the home side had been and only Oli Beale with 24 and Richard Henwood with 32 made double figures as Plympton with 2-18 in eight overs, Kember with 2-25 in eight overs and Malcolm, who continued his decent game, with 2-7 in eight overs tied Wellington down as they looked for full points from the game and at 93-8 with plenty of overs to still go it was home advantage all the way it seemed, but Olly Hunt and David Derrick saw out time with an unbeaten eleven run stand for the ninth wicket and secured the fifth batting point to make it ten all told for the side and they stay sixth, one place above Yeovil, in the table.