Openers Sam Lloyd (45) and Daniel Vaughan (43) provided a solid base for the home side at Orleton Park before Martin Delaney (39) injected momentum at the end of the innings. Their efforts left Wellington with a very defendable first-innings total of 212-8. Jack Shantry started where he finished in last week’s match against Tamworth, claiming early wickets on his way to 4-26. With the help of captain Wendell Wagner (3-18) and Jack Twigger (2-34) the hosts ran through the Bridgnorth line-up for just 91 to earn a maximum points haul and climb to ninth in the league table.
The 2nds made it a double over Bridgnorth on the road. Daniel Candlish batted through for Wellington for an unbeaten 85, whilst James Flynn added 53, as Wellington knocked up 231-6 before tea. During a run-chase that ebbed and flowed, Martin Weill’s side just came out on top, winning by just 19 runs. They had spinner Owais Abdul to thank in large part for their success: he picked up 5-44 off 15 overs. Sam Topper (3-37) came into the attack to claim the crucial wickets in the dying stages.
Willey’s Stuart Sheperd (100) dominated the first innings of their match against Wellington 3rds. He helped his side to a total of 251-7 at Orleton Park on a bad day for the home side’s bowlers. There was still time for a second centurion to impact on proceedings, however. Warwick Vaughan (102) almost got his side over the line in what unexpectedly became a close match. Wellington finished on 232-7 and went down to defeat in the last win/lose contest of the season.
Wellington 4ths sit eleven points clear at the top of Shropshire Reserve Division Two after a straightforward win at Lilleshall. The visitors limited the scoring of the hosts to 139-8 in Saturday’s encounter. William Casey took three wickets for Wellington, whilst Gordon Kidd claimed two. Junior batsman Matthew Lamb (52) scored his first fifty for the team whilst skipper Simon Topper (54) continued his excellent form. The pair led their side to an eight-wicket win.
On Sunday the 5th team travelled to Newport where they were winners by three wickets. Another Wellington youngster made fifty on the day in the form of Adithya Manigandan (58) who helped his side chase down their target of 137. In the first innings, Michael Francis (3-31), Kumar Singh (3-20) and Adam Byram (3-6) did the damage for the visitors.
Finally, the 6th team failed to match Madeley 4th’s total of 204 all out. Phil Snape took four wickets for Wellington who were faced with an uphill task after tea. Harrison Coalbran (28) and Dave Bond (29) were the mainstays of the home side’s run-chase, but they finished 55 runs short on 149 all out.
Updated 12:31 - 4 Jan 2018 by David Ross