Wellington approach the midway point of the season in 6th place after a 53 run defeat to an in-form Wembdon side. This represents a decent first half of the season and a good recovery after losing the first 4 games.
Wembdon won the toss and chose to bat first. Will Derrick taking the new ball, took 2 key wickets dismissing Bingham and Puddy cheaply. When Desave ran out Stone for 2, Wembdon were 13-3 and in some early trouble. It was skipper Brockwell and Pidgen who took a counter attacking approach and got Wembdon back into the game, finding the boundary on numerous occasions. Hewson was introduced into the attack, and he broke this dangerous partnership, bowling Pidgen for 40.
Wellington knew they still had work to do whilst the in-form Brockwell was still at the crease and he was all set for a 50 before Campbell had him caught at long off by Will Derrick for 49. Campbell also bowled Vickery to finish with 2-37 from his 10 overs.
With Wembdon at 130-6, their innings needed re-building. It was Brendan Pope and Josh Henry who put together a match winning partnership for the 7th wicket. With Pope taking on the bowlers and Henry rotating the strike, they took Wembdon to maximum batting points and left them on course for a competitive score. They were both dismissed in successive balls by Hendy but the lower order managed to get Wembdon to 239.
Wellington came out confident after recent good performance with the bat, but after some early boundaries Brockwell dismissed both openers to leave Wellington 2 down early on in their innings. When Bingham was bought into the attack and got the third wicket, Wellington needed to rebuild and Thom Trott and Ben Evett took this on to get the innings going again. It was then unfortunate that a mix up saw Evett run out and then Trott adjusted lbw the next over to leave Wellington 82-5.
Skipper Luke Desave and Aks Latifi came together and rebuilt the Wellington innings with a handy 6th wicket partnership. With Wellington in a similar position to Wembdon after 35 overs, the game was shaping up for a close finish. Wembdon then struck back by dismissing Latifi for 15 and Hendy cheaply but Desave was still going nicely and reached his 2nd 50 of the season. Unfortunately for Wellington, Puddy dismissed Desave just after he has reached his 50 and the game was almost up for Wellington. Jack Beal with 15 kept Wellington going and with Hewson striking a couple of boundaries, Wellington maintained some hope going into the final overs. However, the return of Pope saw a good piece of fielding from his own bowling account for Beal run out and then a clinical Yorker finished the game next ball.
Wellington have a tough fixture next Saturday with a trip to league leaders Weston Super Mare, but go into the 2nd half of the season with optimism after some good performances in the past few weeks.
Castle Cary 201-5 Wellington 2nd XI 204-1
A superior innings of 101no from Mark Bray and a fine knock of 76no were the outstanding efforts from Wellington 2nd XI’s visit to Castle Cary in Division Four of the Somerset League last weekend that saw the side collect 30 points and move up to fourth ahead of their weekend off due to the division being a team light.
Brooks and Bray added an unbeaten 167 for the second wicket to set up a fine win for the Red and Blacks second string after Castle Cary had posted a decent enough 201-5 in their 45 overs.
With the ball Wellington saw Jake Nichol’s seam and Rob Moysey’s leg spin both be controlled and measured as they both let just eighteen runs go in nine overs each.
Wickets were taken by this pair and Ryan Adams too, but a number of chances were spilled and this saw that the chance for more bowling points was spurned as Mekala with 53no top scored for Cary.
However when it came to batting it was all Wellington for after Trevor Brooks and Kevin Crout had added 37 good opening wicket runs Mark Bray hit five sixes and several fours as he achieved his maiden Wellington ton with the last shot of the game having seen Brooks bat all innings to record his capital score.
Wellington 3rd XI 151 Trull 2nd XI 154-5
At the half way point in the season Wellington 3rd XI finds itself half way in the Somerset League Division Seven South table as they swapped positions with Trull 2nd XI following their five wicket win last weekend in a game that was played at Sampford Arundel CC.
Choosing to bat first saw Dave Luxton and Simon Burrough hit the overpitched ball well off of Thomas when such came along, but his height counted in his favour and in taking 2-22 in eight good overs he saw that Wellington were in a spot of bother at 24-3 at one stage.
Ollie Wilkins played a fine knock of 22 and he was just set when he played on by getting a very thin deflection and lost a bail in the process – an annoying way to be out…
Richard Henwood and Des Campbell added 48 for the fifth wicket and this was getting the Red and Blacks third string towards three figures when both players were out just short of this statistic for 19 and 25 respectively.
Luke Vernon and Ryan Henwood played sensibly to add a good 29 run stand for the seventh wicket, but when they were split up and another wicket was lost at 128-8 Wellington still had quite a few overs to use up; they got to within three or so overs of using their allocation through Vernon’s well made 22 and the fourteen runs he added with David Derrick who made 13 and the nine runs that Derrick added with Tom Shannon took Wellington past 150.
D.Morrish with 3-18 was in good form with the ball for Trull.
Trull’s batting effort was a solid one and they got over the line with five wickets and eight overs in hand despite Richard Henwood starting with three successive maidens.
Seward with 23, England with 39 and Woods with 31 set the platform despite late wickets for Tyler Fyfe, Ollie Wilkins and Tom Shannon meaning that the visitors had to ensure they played with caution so as not to lose out on claiming maximum points which they did achieve to Wellington’s 12.