Worcestershire’s Jack Shantry starred with the ball for Wellington 1sts in their home match against Himley. He took 3 for 43 off 17 overs, whilst Samit Gohil also claimed three wickets. The opposition posted 233 for 6 in their 55 overs, recovering from 131 for 5 at one point. Wellington’s hopes seemed to rest on Indian professional Gohil, who looked in imperious form. He hit 97, but struggled for support at the other end once Neil Edwards (38) fell. As his side lost regular wickets their attention turned from winning to saving the match, which they managed to do, closing on 206 for 9.
The 2nd team travelled to basement side Lichfield and put in an assured batting display which ultimately delivered maximum points. Matt Simmonds (90) and Daniel Candlish (85) provided the bulk of their side’s total of 251 for 4 on a good afternoon for Martin Weill’s side. In reply, Lichfield made it to 202 all out, with Sam Topper picking up three victims, whilst brother George, spinner Owais Abdul and Matt Denver all claimed two.
Over at Ellesmere, there was relief for the 3rd team who recorded their first victory of the season at the eleventh time of asking. Having won the toss, Wellington produced an excellent bowling performance to restrict their hosts to 171 for 9. Ryan Fernando and Chris Sheperd picked up three wickets each. In reply, the travellers lost a couple of early wickets before an exhilarating partnership between Harry Gaughan (104*) and Sheperd (44*) brought a convincing eight-wicket victory with 14 overs to spare.
The 4th team carried on the winning theme, chasing down 178 to beat Ludlow 2nds, a result which takes them up to second in the table. Faheem Chohan, Matt Armstrong and Lewis Gough all claimed two wickets as the visitors were contained in the first innings. After tea it was Alex Brasenall to the fore with a crucial 63 for the hosts. With contributions from skipper Simon Topper (34*) and Matt Lamb (25), Wellington were able to clinch a two-wicket win in the dying stages.
On Sunday, the 5th team travelled to Whitchurch 3rds and came back with the points after a ten-wicket success. Jason Whitley claimed five wickets as the North Shropshire side were rolled out for 107. In response, Ben Evans was 48 not out when Wellington got over the victory line.
Elsewhere, Oswestry 4ths were welcomed to Orleton Park by Steve Oliver’s 6th team. Maqdas Khan became the Club’s second centurion of the weekend, hitting 119 out of Wellington’s first innings total of 194 for 9. That total did not daunt the opposition who chased it down in the 32nd over, losing only three wickets in the process.
Updated 13:20 - 18 Oct 2017 by David Ross