Wellington were caught out by a brilliant day at the office for Wembdon’s J.Brockwell as he made a classy 113 runs and then proceeded to bowl ten fine overs on the reel with the new ball that restricted the Red and Blacks chase of the large total.
Wellington had made early inroads on winning the toss and this saw Luke Desave and Jack Beal take a wicket each to make Wembdon 20-2 as the Bridgwater based side looked to build on their second place in the Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League.
Pigden with 46 saw that his side got towards three figures when a third wicket was lost to Arron Campbell’s off spinners – again he and Dom Drew did excellent work with this type of bowling as they got through ten overs each and took 2-31 and 1-26 respectively and the value given to the team by this pairing was there to see once more.
However Marrs and Brockwell with 56 and the aforementioned hundred between them took the Wembdon score to over 250, but wickets were still taken through the efforts of Jake Nichol and Matt Bettles.
Pope with his left arm seamers and Brockwell with his seam up saw that Wellington did not get away as they wished or needed to in chasing a total that needed them to go at over five an over.
At 33-3 Wellington were in trouble, but a bright stand of 56 between Ollie Wilkins and Zandre Swartz got their side on the way towards three figures as the home side saw Swartz crack 61 as he hit the ball cleanly and crisply, but with the score on 110 he was one of two wickets to go at that score and the rest of the innings realised only 29 more runs to be all out for 139 with over 13 overs unused to see Wembdon take 20 points to Wellington’s 4.
Wellington 2nd XI 150-3 Peasedown St John 123
The ball was the dominant factor in this Somerset League Division Five match as two low scores were returned, but in the end Wellington 2nd XI are now 45 points clear at the summit and have gone through the first half of the season unbeaten.
Wellington were asked to bat and found that the Peasedown attack had claimed two wickets in the opening 15 overs for just 25 runs on the board.
Bowling figures like those of Higgins (9-4-14-1) and G.Tucker (9-6-8-1) saw that the side from just outside of Bath were not going for any more than two an over and at the 35 over stage Wellington had 66-2 on the board.
The last ten overs were nothing like what gone before it as 84 runs came from them as Rob Moysey with 42, having opened the innings and resisted all that came his way, Neil Hendy with 68no and Mark Saunders with 21no crashed the ball all over the park and in the end saw that Wellington’s second string had totalled 150-3 at tea.
Peasedown were indebted to Lock with 59 and Vowells with 20no for the bulk of their runs as the Wellington attack was most effective in their effort with the ball as Lee Nichol and Thom Trott bowled first up and removed the top order taking two and one apiece.
Leg spin was what dealt the final blow to any hopes of an away win as Rob Moysey with 4-26 in nine overs and Ben Evett with 2-10 in 4.4 cleaned up the Peasedown tail to secure 32 points for the team and leave Peasedown with just nine.
Wembdon 4th XI 301-5 Wellington 3rd XI
Wellington 3rd XI slipped one place in Division Eight South of the Somerset League to third as they were beaten on a day when the runs flowed at Milverton CC.
Wellington asked their visitors to bat first and a success came the way of the Red and Blacks third string when Tom Brooks accepted a good chance standing up to Tony Hutchings and Wembdon skipper Paull was out for 18.
A chance to dismiss Anning was spilled and he went on to make a decent 76 as a result.
Hold with a creative 51 and Sturdy with 34 did well in Wembdon’s middle order as Wellington strived for success with the ball, but it conspired to just evade the field.
Richard Henwood with 1-36 in eight overs was in fine form as he was accurate and economical on a day of high run rates.
Wickets came for Charlie Burrough, Des Campbell and Scott Brooks as Watts with 52no made at high tempo late on raised the Wembdon score to 301-5 at tea.
Dave Luxton and Simon Burrough got Wellington away to the tune of 29 opening wicket runs that was only ended when Burrough was run out by a direct hit for 18.
This brought Richard Henwood to the crease and he and Luxton put on 101 for the second wicket as they played well enough to bring a dose of worry to a Wembdon side who resorted to protecting the boundaries as a high priority.
Both played supremely well and had this stand developed further a famous Wellington win was on, but Henwood, having just passed fifty, was caught on the boundary.
Des Campbell now joined Luxton and with a knock of 23 added 37 for the third wicket as the opener was moving towards perhaps another ton?
At 195-3 Luxton was bowled for a capital 78 containing five sixes and from here on it was a case of securing full batting points which was the case as Tom Brooks with 14 and Ollie Beale with 16 got their side into the 200s and a solid showing from Tony Hutchings and David Derrick in the last few overs saw that Wembdon were denied full batting points as they took 32 from the game to Wellington’s fifteen.
Wellington Sunday XI 248-8 Uphill Castle Sunday XI 121
Wellington Sunday XI saw runs flow in their friendly match at Somerset League Premier Division side Uphill Castle last weekend as some proper cricketing weather saw the side win by 127 runs.
Arron Campbell chose to bat first and saw that he and Ben Evett added 30 opening wicket runs before Evett was out for 13.
Mark Salter joined Campbell and he made a classy 28 with four fours and a six before he was run out at the bowler’s end as the Uphill bowler got his hand to a straight drive and deflected it on to the stumps.
At 85-4 with skipper Campbell having been caught and bowled for 40 Wellington needed to push on and through the excellent play of Jack Beal, who eventually made 77no, and Des Campbell with 28 they added 76 for Wellington’s fifth wicket.
Zandre Swartz brought up fifty six hits in non 1st XI cricket so far in 2016 with a knock of 32 and Tyler Fyfe and David Derrick did good work with Beal to get the Wellington score to nearly 250 at tea.
Uphill shared the bowling duties around as they used nine on the day and Matthews with 1-12 had the best analysis.
For Uphill Kuht and Chapman with an opening stand of 41 resisted and then blossomed in their stroke play, although it did take time.
Ryan Henwood and Ollie Beale took the new ball and bowled well as they probed the lines needed; indeed Beale went for just seven runs in six overs and Des Campbell’s one handed effort at slip off of Henwood just failed to stick.
It was a day of two five wicket hauls for Wellington as Zandre Swartz with 5-18’s worth of leg spin and Tyler Fyfe with 5-41 from his left arm seamers saw Wellington won with over 10 overs left.
Both applied their trade well and were supported in their work by a good fielding effort.
All in all a good day at the office for the team.
Match reports: David Derrick