Wellington are leaders of the Premier Division of the Somerset League following this thumping 163-run win over last season’s third placed team in Division Two as they bossed their away game at Burnham-on-Sea from start to finish, writes David Derrick.
Wellington were asked to take first knock on losing the toss and this presented no issues as Tom Chambers and Neil Hendy added 80 for the Red and Blacks opening wicket; this jolly stand was ended when Chambers was caught for 44.
Jack Beal, batting at number three, cracked a quickfire 15 to see three figures posted and on his departure skipper Arron Campbell joined Hendy and they added 71 for the third wicket as Hendy made a capital 54.
Campbell carried on through to 74 made in just 47 balls as he flayed the home attack who returned some poor figures with the ball as only Farnham with 2-38 in eight overs was anything like in form.
The 200 mark was reached and surpassed and some good play from Mark Bray who hit 29no in 19 balls took Wellington to 248-7 at tea.
If Burnham had hoped that their batting effort would be better than their effort with the ball it was not to be as Ian Hewson and Will Derrick reduced the home side to 7-3 as catches for Derrick himself, Jack Beal and Ben Evett behind the sticks all stuck.
House with 39no and Coles with 29 made some hay for short while, but when Coles was bowled by Ian Hewson the game was up as Neil Hendy with 2-11 and Arron Campbell with 3-14 in seven overs dismantled the lower order with a run out from the bowling of Ryan Adams ending the game.
Wellington 2nd XI 108 Uphill Castle 2nd XI 109-4
Wellington 2nd XI’s batting did not hold up for its full allocation of overs once more in Division Four of the Somerset League when Uphill Castle 2nd XI took the points from their visit last weekend. Uphill won a good toss on a day that saw misty, murky conditions due to the thundery aspect to the weather be prominent and they asked Wellington to bat first.
Despite losing a wicket at 8 Trevor Brooks and Mark Saunders added a near fifty run second wicket stand; Saunders was out LBW for 17 when left arm seamer Jobling (4-25 in nine overs) snared him.
On his departure Joe Horne helped Brooks to get the Wellington score to 76-2 before he was bowled and this precipitated Wellington’s second string to lose their last eight wickets for just 32 runs. Brooks was exemplary in making 64, but only Andy Hurry with 13no made anything telling in the lower order.
Biggs with 5-10 in six overs of good off spin was wrecker in chief for Weston Super Mare based side Uphill. With the potential for thunderstorms to come along and wash the game away Uphill were dynamic in their effort with the bat as Frost and Lloyd added 37 first up before Joe Horne got success through Callum Hendy pocketing a catch behind the sticks.
Frost gave Horne his second victim of the game when he found him on the deep square leg boundary and it was 45-2. Worrall and Uphill skipper Carter made the game safe with their addition of a combined total of 43 runs whilst they were at the crease. Wickets for Rob Moysey and Andy Hurry came for Wellington, but it was a win for Uphill with 18.2 overs to spare…
Wellington 3rd XI 157-7 Lydford 2nd XI 160-6
On a hot Bank Holiday Monday afternoon in front of a good number of spectators Wellington 3rd XI was edged out by four wickets in this Somerset League Division Seven South match by Lydford 2nd XI who held their nerve to recover from 109-6 to win with no further loss of wickets.
Richard Henwood took charge of the side for this game and he opted to bat first and it was he and Dave Luxton who took first knock for Wellington as 18 runs were added for the first wicket, but when Henwood was well caught at slip Lydford had a wicket.
Callum Hendy joined Luxton and they took the score into the forties before three wickets were lost for one run with Luxton’s good knock of 22 coming to an end in this block.
This saw Macaulay Campbell and Tyler Fyfe buckle down and 64 fine fifth wicket runs for Wellington’s third string and this subdued the Lydford attack for some time.
Fyfe’s improved batting ability realised a score of 20 as Campbell got to 50 not out towards the end of the innings and these two young players can be proud of their efforts.
Rob Moysey with 17 and Simon Burrough with 12 got Wellington to 157-7 in 40 overs at tea as Lydford’s attack shared the wickets around with Gill taking 2-20 and Cole 2-17 in eight and seven overs respectively.
Olly Hunt’s first senior wicket gave Wellington a good start as R.Fowler was caught behind by Callum Hendy, but an 87 run second wicket stand between T.Fowler and J.Barnes put Lydford’s second string in command, but the game turned in Wellington’s favour as Lydford slumped to 109-6 through Macaulay Campbell and Rob Moysey delivering seam and spin to good effect to take 2-27 and 3-25, but the partnership of Harvey who ended the game with a runner and H.Barnes who added 51 unbroken runs saw their side home and to 32 points to Wellington’s 13.