After losing the toss, the home side batted first in Saturday’s 50-over win/lose encounter. Despite Daniel Lloyd taking 4 for 21 for Wellington, Bromsgrove still posted a challenging total of 197. Elsewhere, Wendell Wagner and Martin Delaney returned identical figures of 2 for 33 off their 10 overs. The visitors’ reply was led by Lloyd who hit 37 at number three - but the top-order faltered. From 93 for 6, Jack Shantry (40) attempted began to reverse his side's fortunes, but he ran out of partners as the innings developed. Wellington finished on 161 all out in the 47th over. Captain Wagner’s side now sit just seven points clear of the dropzone with a crucial Bank Holiday double-header coming up.
Wellington 2nds have been in fine form of late and kept that up with victory over Sentinel at Orleton Park. Sam Topper top-scored with 38 for the hosts who made 170 in the first innings of their Birmingham Division Two North encounter. Martin Weill’s side took early wickets to stay in control of the match after tea, eventually dismissing the Shrewsbury side for 146 in the final over. Owais Abdul was the star man for the bowling team with a haul for 4 for 21. Matt Stinson and Matt Denver took two wickets apiece.
The 3rd team faced a daunting task as they travelled to Shropshire Division Two leaders Allscott. Despite taking a wicket with the first ball of the match, Wellington endured a long day at the hands of Jason Allen who hit 123 not out at a run-a-ball pace. Allscott declared on 240 for 5 at the end of the 35th over, leaving themselves an extra five overs to bowl the visitors out. As it happened, they didn’t need them. Wellington were scuttled for just 78 in the 31st over. Only Ian Murphy (31) made the scorers earn their money in a heavy defeat for his side.
Market Drayton conceded their match against Wellington 4ths after failing to raise a team. Meanwhile, the wet weather on Sunday prevented a conclusion to the matches involving the 5th and 6th XIs.
Rich Atherden's 5ths looked on course for victory at Knockin 3rds after hitting 212 for 6 in the first innings. Alex Brasenall (87) and Martin Hatfield (60) enjoyed a huge opening stand to set up a big score for their side. Knockin were on 103 for 7 after 22 overs when the rain came. Lewis Gough (3 for 20) and Michael Francis (2 for 25) were denied the opportunity of adding further wickets to their tallies and securing a win for their team.
Rain was more of a blessing for the 6th team who were bowled out for 108 against Knockin 4ths at home. Akash Srinivasan scored 27 for the hosts. Knockin were 24 for 1 in reply when the heavens opened.
Updated 12:31 - 4 Jan 2018 by David Ross