Wendell Wagner’s 1st XI travelled to face neighbours Bridgnorth and posted a competitive total of 232 for 8 on Saturday. Neil Edwards top-scored for the visitors with 56, whilst Daniel Lloyd (45) was also amongst the runs. In reply, Martin Delaney’s three wickets were not enough to clutch victory away from the home side, however. Bridgnorth won by five wickets for four overs remaining thanks to a big fifth-wicket stand between Jono Whitney (69) and Gareth Mumford (62).
Meanwhile, the 2nds faced Bridgnorth’s reserves at Orelton Park and were disappointed to concede a first-innings total of 246 for 5. Opener Andrew Carson was instrumental in helping the Shropshire side to that score, hitting a massive 139. Wellington got off to a fast start with Sam Topper (33) and Matt Denver (27) going nicely before a collapse reduced their side to 84 for 5. Martin Weill's team eventually slipped to a 105-run defeat.
The bad news kept coming for Wellington’s Shropshire League sides. At Willey, the 3rd XI were bowled out for just 73. Muhammed Wasif (29*) and Dan Pitchford (20) scored the bulk of that total on a bad afternoon for their fellow batters as the side went down to a six-wicket loss. The 4th XI scarcely fared better at home to Lilleshall 2nds who bowled them out for 88 (Adrian Casey, 22). Kumar Singh picked up 2 for 19 but was unable to prevent a five-wicket loss.
On Sunday the 5th XI were set a mammoth score of 264 for 9 at Wem thanks to Ian Gillespie’s century. A young Wellington side mustered only 64 all out in response. Meanwhile, the 6th team, playing host to Pontesbury 3rds, put a better total on the board. Skipper Andy Howells scored 45 as his side put on 161 for 7. In a nip-and-tuck affair the visitors got home with two wickets and two overs to spare. Koottalai Srinivasan impressed with the ball (5 for 47) but side didn’t quite have enough on the day.
Updated 12:52 - 13 Jun 2017 by David Ross