At Tamworth, the 1st XI’s hopes of victory were foiled by the elements. The visitors were 56 for 4 when rain intervened. No further play was possible after that and the match was abandoned with captain Wendell Wagner unbeaten on 26.
The 2nd team’s match against Fordhouses was reduced to 40 overs per innings due to the wet weather. George Topper and Owais Abdul claimed two wickets apiece as the away side put on 180 for 6 in the first innings. Wellington’s reply started well with Daniel Candlish (33) and Sam Topper (26) providing foundations for the run-chase. However their side soon collapsed from 68 for 0 to 92 for 6. The efforts of Matt Pitchford (46*) and Abdul (24) were not quite enough to rescue the situation and Wellington finished 18 runs short of victory in the win-lose contest.
The 3rds got the better of a draw with Church Stretton in a match reduced to 35-overs-per-side. Richard Benting continued his fine early-season form with 54 as Wellington made 137 all out before tea. An excellent bowling performance restricted the South Shropshire side to 89 for 6 in the second innings. Daniel Pitchford (2 for 12) and Lewis Gough (2 for 28) impressed as Wellington earned a hard-fought winning-draw.
Sean Ward Clayton blasted 73 for the 4th XI at Condover. Wellington put on 175 in the first innings of a match reduced to 40 overs per side. Shehan Gunawardena added 25 as his team put on a formidable total in wet conditions. Veteran spinner Andy Parkyn then took centre-stage, claiming 5 for 14 in his 10 overs. His efforts were enough to get Wellington a solid winning-draw. Condover finished on 102 for 8.
On Sunday the 5th team hosted Alberbury 3rds who hit 211 for 3 in the first innings thanks to opener David Butler’s century. On what was a difficult afternoon for the Wellington bowlers, Akhil Srinivasan claimed two wickets. Youngster Matthew Lamb (24) impressed with the bat again at the top of the innings. Adam Byram (92) held the home side’s innings together but his efforts and those of the lower order could only get them to 193 for 9 and a narrow losing-draw.
The 6th team’s trip to face Shrewsbury 4ths was cancelled after the home side conceded the fixture.
Elsewhere, Wellington 3rds progressed in the Shropshire Junior T20 slam after defeating Newport on Thursday. Richard Benting (51), Kumar Singh (3 for 14) and Lewis Gough (3 for 23) were the stand-out performers. Their side go through to face Shifnal in the next round.
Meanwhile the U15s made it two victories from two in their league after beating Shifnal by ten wickets on Monday. Openers Luke Goring (40) and Sam Jones (43) chased down their target of 109 with six overs to spare.
Updated 12:53 - 13 Jun 2017 by David Ross