Wellington 1st had to settle for a losing draw after rain reduced their crucial clash with Leamington to just 24 overs-per-side. Batting first, the visitors posted 124 for 7 thanks to the contribution of opener Jonathan Wigley (51). Martin Delaney claimed three wickets, whilst fellow seamers Jack Twigger and Wendell Wagner both took two. Wellington lost regular wickets in their reply, which left them short of a much-needed victory. They held out for the draw on 92 for 8.
The 2nds had a better day, racking up an impressive 299 for 9 at Oswestry. Matty Simmonds was the star of the show as he hit 110, with supporting roles from James Flynn (57) and Cameron Watson (33*). After tea, Wellington opener Dan Ashton was on fire, picking up 7 for 45 to put his side in command, but his fabulous effort still could not deliver a victory. Martin Weill’s team strived for the final wicket, but it was not forthcoming. Oswestry finished on 195 for 9.
Wellington 3rds faced their counterparts from Shifnal at Weston Park and only had themselves to blame for not coming away with all the points. Bowling first, the visitors had performed well in dismissing Shifnal for just 114. Dan Pitchford (3 for 21) and Lewis Gough (3 for 16) did the damage with the ball. Wellington looked in control of the game after Warwick Vaughan hit 27. His side required 32 to win off the last ten overs with six wickets in hand. However, an alarming collapse saw them lose the match by 15 runs.
The 4th team kept up their fine form with a deserved win over Iscoyd 2nds at Orleton Park. Opener Luke Goring (52), skipper Simon Topper (40), William Casey-Fitton (31*) and Asad Sarafaz (27*) contributed the bulk of their side’s total of 197 for 9 off 35 overs. Iscoyd could only make 91 all out in reply with veteran spinner Andy Parkyn (5 for 35) running riot.
Shrewsbury 4ths provided the opposition for the 6th XI in their home match on Sunday. Marcus Cope hit 145 for the visitors, who smashed 275 for 4 in just 40 overs. Gordon Kidd took two wickets for Wellington. Unsurprisingly, Steve Oliver’s young team were unable to challenge that total, making 100 all out. Haris Ali top-scored with 34.
The 5th team’s match at Alberbury on Sunday was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.
Updated 13:20 - 8 Sep 2017 by David Ross