Wendell Wagner’s side went into the Bank Holiday looking to put breathing space between themselves and the Birmingham League Division One dropzone. Bowling first agaisnt Moseley, Wellington flew out of the traps, reducing a confident side to 54 for 5. The visitors then mounted a recovery to post 196 all out. Jack Twigger starred with 4 for 44, whilst Jack Shantry helped himself to three wickets. Wellington responded with a strong opening stand between Daniel Vaughan (40) and Sam Lloyd (26), before stuttering to 101 for 5. To the delight of the large home support, Martin Delaney (40) and Shantry (37*) recovered the situation and led their side to a crucial four-wicket win.
However, Wellington missed the chance to build on that victory when they travelled to bottom-side Attock on Monday. The home side put on 219 for 9 in the first innings. Dan Lloyd claimed 3 for 29, whilst Jack Shantry (3 for 39) impressed again. Martin Delaney (49) continued his fine weekend form, but he found himself short on potential partners as Wellington lost wickets regularly on their way to 174 all out. They now travel to rivals Shifnal at the weekend with a margin of 20 points between themselves and the bottom two.
The 2nd team won twice at the weekend to stretch their unbeaten run to ten matches. Matt Stinson hit 44 at Brewood on Saturday before taking 4 for 31 in a 60-run victory. Wellington were able to defend their total of 199 for 8, bowling the Staffordshire side out for 139 in the 40th over. They followed that up with a 92-run triumph at home to Newport two days later. Openers Matthew Simmonds (72) and Sam Topper (70) enjoyed a large opening stand, before number three Matt Denver added 42. By tea, Wellington had posted a winning total of 266 for 8. George Topper (4 for 32) and Owais Abdul (3 for 48) starred with the ball in the second innings.
Elsewhere, Wellington’s Shropshire League sides enjoyed a mixed Bank Holiday weekend. At Orleton Park the 3rd team missed their chance to earn a much-needed win to Church Aston, who scored 242 for 8 in the first innings of Saturday’s encounter. That total always looked a tall ask for Wellington, who were dismissed for 170 after tea. Lewis Gough (41) and Harry Gaughan (39) were the pick of the home side’s batting.
Simon Topper’s 4th team look on course for promotion from Reserve Division Two after beating Broseley 2nds on the road. The home side advanced to 168 for 5 before Sean Ward Clayton (67) and Matt Lamb (39) helped Wellington to a seven-wicket win.
Finally, on Sunday, the 5th team came up against strong opposition in the form of Worfield 3rds, who made 246 for 4 in the first dig. Wellington were off the pace in the run-chase, but Elliott Byram (57) did hit his first adult half century. Fellow youngster Ed Bushnell added 32 for his side, but they could only managed 133 all out.
Updated 12:59 - 15 Dec 2017 by David Ross