In a hotly anticipated fixture, Shifnal may the trip to Orleton Park and left after earning a comfortable win on the day. Only Samit Gohil made an impact with the bat for the hosts, hitting 47 of his team’s slim total of 127 all out. Wellington’s innings ended abruptly in the 45th over as the Indian professional ran out of support. Shifnal chased down their target with 15 overs to spare for the loss of three wickets. Defeat leaves their opponents just one point above the dropzone in Birmingham League Division One.
Meanwhile, Martin Weill’s 2nd XI travelled down the A5 to face Shrewsbury, who were defending their 100% league record for the season. Salop batted first at London Road and racked up 247 for 6 on a good pitch, despite two wickets for Jack Fishman. Wellington suffered an early batting collapse which dashed their hopes of victory, but held on for a draw on 145 for 8. Alex Taylor (73) contributed over half of his side’s total and, with the help of James Flynn (30), ensured that the points were shared.
It was a longer trip for the 3rds, who made the journey to Bishops Castle still searching for their first win of the season. Richard Plant hit 95 off 73 balls to get home side off to a blistering start before Wellington’s bowlers fought back, restricting the opposition to 213 for 9 in 45 overs. Muhammed Wasif was the pick of the visitors, taking 3 for 16 off his 9 overs, whilst Daniel Pitchford and David Ross took two wickets each. Sean Ward Clayton hit 33 at the top of the innings as Wellington got off to a good start. Steve Pitchford (49) looked poised to set up a close game, but as wickets fell the team finished 31 runs short.
Simon Topper (41*) and Lewis Gough (33) helped Wellington 4ths put a competitive total of 156 for 8 on the board against Shifnal 4ths. Kumar Singh put his side in control after tea, claiming 5 for 40, whilst Matt Armstrong chipped in with 3 for 14. However, Wellington could not find the extra two wickets they needed for outright victory. Shifnal finished 12 runs short of earning the win themselves in an exciting contest.
There was another close match involving Wellington on Sunday as the 5ths hosted Sentinel 3rds. The home side’s total of 156 for 9 owed much to Steve Parry (51) and skipper Richard Atherden (34). In a match reduced to 35 overs per side, the Shrewsbury side got home with four overs and three wickets to spare in the second innings. Jason Whitley (3 for 24) was the pick of the home bowlers.
In the weekend’s final match the 6th XI travelled to Bridgnorth 4ths looking to return to winning ways. Unfortunately their total of 139 proved insufficient on the day, despite impressive knocks from youngsters Nathan Bond (35) and Harrison Coalbran (27). A strong Bridgnorth batting card ran away to an eight-wicket victory after tea was taken, requiring only 17 of their 35 overs to get the runs.
Updated 13:48 - 17 Aug 2017 by David Ross