Defending a first-innings total of only 94, Wendell Wagner’s side produced a superb bowling and fielding display to lift themselves off the foot of the table and out of the relegation places. In helpful bowling conditions, Tamworth were reduced to just 57 all out after tea thanks to Jack Shantry’s 6 for 26 and Wagner’s 3 for 9, backed up by some superb catching behind the stumps. Wellington climbed two spots to tenth place after what must rank as one of the most exciting matches in recent times at Orelton Park.
The 2nd team were denied a victory on the road at Fordhouses after bad weather intervened. Wellington had put on 191 for 5 in the first innings thanks to Daniel Candlish (44) and Matt Denver (40). However they were left with only 31 overs to bowl the hosts out after time was lost due to rain. Skipper Martin Weill (3 for 21) led his team’s charge and they were able to pick up eight of the required wickets. Fordhouses finished on 97-8 and the match was drawn.
Wellington 3rds picked up a much-needed victory at Church Stretton after dismissing the home team for just 78. Openers Ryan Fernando (3 for 13) and Daniel Pitchford (2 for 3 off 7 overs) did the damage for the visitors. In reply, Steve Pitchford marshalled his side to a seven-wicket victory with an unbeaten 40, whilst Rich Benting hit 26.
The 4th team overtook Montgomery to climb to the summit of Shropshire Reserve Division One off the back of an eight-wicket win. Matt Earley claimed three wickets, and Will Lewin and Gordon Kidd took two each, as the Powys side were dismissed for 87 at Orleton Park. Sean Ward Clayton top-scored for Wellington with 37 after tea as his side earned a crucial victory.
On Sunday the 5th team kept up the winning theme at Lilleshall 3rds. Lewis Gough hit a maiden century for the club as his side hit 225 for 9. In reply, Wellington earned victory by restricting their hosts to 160 for 9 with Gough and skipper Richard Atherden both claiming three wickets.
In the weekend’s final match, the 6th team earned a losing draw against Ludlow 4ths. Given the mammoth task of chasing 258 for victory, Wellington applied themselves well with the bat. Jordan Keeble hit 82 as his side finished on 189 for 8. Steve Oliver’s team never threatened the victory target, but still came away with a share of the points. Haris Ali, Phil Snape and Bill Leech took three wickets each in the first innings.
Updated 10:39 - 6 Dec 2017 by David Ross