Over at Walmley, the 1st XI were left frustrated as their opposition shut up shop to force a draw in their crucial Division One fixture. Wellington removed eight of the opposition’s batsmen but failed to claim the final two which would have delivered a much-needed victory. Walmley never challenged the Wellington total of 227 for 6 as Samit Gohil (4 for 31) impressed with the ball and the home side finished on 135 for 8. Earlier in the day it was Gohil who propelled his side to their total, hitting 66, whilst Matthew Tilt, Sam Lloyd and Charlie Mackleworth all contributed 30s.
The 2nd XI also got the better half of a draw, this time at home to Milford Hall, albeit in a much tighter encounter. Wellington posted a competitive 230 for 7 in their 50 overs thanks to Matt Pitchford (65), Alex Taylor (47) and skipper Martin Weill (37*). In the second innings the bowlers had to dig deep as the visitors looked odds-on to chase their total down. Impressive bowling at the last from Weill and Dan Ashton meant that the Staffordshire side finished two runs short with six wickets down.
The 3rd team made the trip to Wheaton Aston looking to follow up on their first win of the season the previous week. Batting first and at 62 for 6, it looked like it was going to be a short afternoon for Wellington before their tail rallied around to guide them to 205 for 9. James Flynn (59) and Ryan Fernando (34*) provided the bulk of the runs. Wheaton Aston looked to be cruising to that total as the Wellington bowlers failed to make early inroads before a late collapse almost denied them victory. They limped home with two wickets and eight balls to spare. Fernando - with 3 for 20 - was the pick of the bowlers.
Wellington 4th XI welcomed Forton 2nds to Orleton Park in Saturday’s remaining fixture. The home side hit an impressive 256 for 5 in their 40 overs with opener Warwick Vaughan (79) and skipper Simon Topper (73) enjoying their afternoon’s work in particular. After tea the Wellington bowlers ran through the opposing line-up. Three wickets each for William Casey-Fitton and Asad Sarafaz helped bowl out Forton for just 30 runs to seal a massive victory.
With Cound having conceded their match against the 5th XI, Wellington 6ths were the only side in action on Sunday. Haris Ali took two wickets, but it was a hard day for Steve Oliver’s side at Madeley. The home team racked up a formidable 221 for 5 in the first innings. In reply, Wellington struggled to 98 all out with only Sam Jones (30) impressing on the scorers.
Updated 19:57 - 23 Jan 2018 by David Ross