On a nail-biting Saturday afternoon, the 1st team aimed to record back-to-back victories at Leamington, but fell agonisingly short in a nip-and-tuck finish. Jack Twigger helped the visitors dismiss the Warwickshire side for 168, claiming 4 for 41. Wicketkeeper Charlie Mackleworth took his side to the brink of victory with an impressive 67, but a late collapse saw Wellington stranded just one run short of victory.
The 2nd team experienced an almost identical fate in their Shropshire derby against Oswestry, who set Wellington 226 for victory in their 45 overs. George Topper was the pick of the bowlers, collecting 4 for 26 and continuing his fine start to the season. Sam Lloyd (53) and Matthew Pitchford (44) gave the home side a great start before a stumble in the middle of the innings. Skipper Martin Weill (38) looked to have put Wellington back in control, before a last-ball run-out provided a cruel sting in the tale.
The 3rd recovered from a rocky start at home to Shifnal, rebuilding from 66 for 6 to post 174 all out thanks in large part to a ninth-wicket partnership between Lewis Gough (35) and Matty Armstrong (35). The visitors had 48 overs to reach their target, but the match seemed to be petering out to a draw with David Ross (4 for 32) and Lewis Gough (2 for 21) enjoying the bowling conditions. However, number six Dan Aston (52) provided a late flurry of boundaries to leave Wellington reeling and on the wrong end of a four-wicket defeat.
Faheem Chohan (3 for 4) and Asad Sarafaz (3 for 5) enjoyed their day at Bomere Heath as the 4th team ran away to a comfortable victory. The home side were dismissed for just 67 after a fine bowling performance by the Wellington side. Ewan Griffiths (40*) and Will Lewin (23*) made light work of the chase. The nine-wicket victory helped Simon Topper’s side to two victories from two at the start of their Reserve Division Two campaign.
The 5th team can also boast a perfect start to the season. They played host to Whitchurch 3rds on Sunday and came through a tight contest to earn a three-wicket victory. Akhil Srinivasan (5 for 35) was the star of the Wellington bowling performance as the travelling side were dismissed for 161. Neil Bushnell (35), Ben Evans (28) and Srinivasan (22*) scored the bulk of the runs in the successful chase.
Unfortunately the 6th team found the going tougher at Oswestry, where opening batsmen Alex Ramsey and Josh Kirk both registered centuries. Wellington’s bowlers struggled on the day as the bordermen helped themselves to a total of 323 for 7, declaring in the 37th over. Faisal Mehmood claimed 3 for 23. Wellington were all out for 135 in response with Adrian Casey hitting 56.
Updated 08:20 - 25 May 2017 by David Ross