Wellington 1st XI endured a difficult afternoon at Orleton Park against a strong Barnards Green side. Centurions Ryan Tongue (103) and George Rhodes (109) impressed the large home crowd as they helped the Warwickshire side to a formidable total of 291 for 9 in the first innings. The hosts lost early wickets in reply and never looked like chasing down their target. Only Daniel Lloyd (31) made an impression on the scoring as his side were dismissed for 133 in just the 32nd over.
Skipper Martin Weill was left rueing his 2nd XI’s unbelievable luck as they tied their second match in consecutive weeks. In scenes reminiscent of last week’s contest with Oswestry, Wellington required two runs off the final ball to beat Penkridge, but managed only one and so sharing share the spoils with their Staffordshire neighbours. Despite contributions from several batsman, including 43 from Sam Topper, the visiting side were unable to reach their victory target of 176. Earlier in the afternoon, Topper had starred with ball as well, claiming 3 for 16.
The 3rds put in a poor bowling and fielding performance at Prees, but salvaged some pride in a spirited run-chase after tea. The hosts put on 257 for 7 despite the efforts of David Ross (4 for 59) and the Wellington bowlers. Richard Benting hit a quickfire 41 to get the reply off to a strong start, but a collapse saw the side slump to 102 for 6. Duncan Taylor (45*) and Matty Armstrong (71*) recovered the situation with an unbeaten seventh-wicket stand. Wellington finished 19 runs short of victory and shared the points.
When the 4th team were dismissed for just 57 against Willey 2nds they would have been expecting to find themselves in the bar early - but perhaps not to be toasting a home victory. However in an incredible turnaround Simon Topper’s side rolled out the opposition for just 38 after tea. They had Kumar Singh to thank for the reversal in large part. He claimed 7 for 13 and leaves the 4th team’s perfect start to the season intact.
On the Sunday the 5th team made the short trip to Cound 3rds where they were given the runaround by home skipper Tom Boyd. He hit an unbeaten 174 out of his side’s first innings total of 240. Wellington made a good fist of chasing down that unlikely total with Adam Byram (75) and Faheem Chohan (73) holding the batting card together - but it was a tall order. The visiting side eventually fell to 218 all out and a 22-run defeat. Chohan starred with ball as well, claiming 4 for 17 before tea.
Back at Orleton Park the 6th team put in a good performance against Madeley 4ths. William Casey (60) hit a maiden senior half-century as Wellington went on to post 200 for 7 in their innings. Howard Coalbran chipped in with a tidy 32 to boost the home cause. Sam Jones impressed with the ball, registering 4 for 23 as Madeley were dismissed for 144 in a keenly-fought contest.
Updated 08:21 - 25 May 2017 by David Ross