The Wellington skipper won the toss, elected to bat first, and would have been pleased to see his side post a challenging total of 206-9 in the first innings. James Flynn (45) was the top-scorer for Wellington, closely followed by Matty Simmonds (40). Dan Lloyd (31), Dan Vaughan (29) and Matt Stinson (24) also chipped in for their team. In reply, Quatt looked on top of the game at 70-1, before collapsing to 115-7. Josh Pistorius continued his recent form with the ball, taking 3-18 off his 10 overs. However, there was to be a twist in the tale as skipper Craig Jones hit 45 off just 33 balls to put the game back in the balance. Stinson held his nerve to dismiss the danger man, his fifth wicket of the afternoon (5-50), and allow Wellington to complete a 14-run win.
The 2nd team made it six wins from six as they kept up their imperious form in Henshall SCCL Division Two. Opening bowler Khalid Hamidi has been amongst the wickets in recent weeks and picked up 3-18 as Lilleshall made the visit to Orleton Park. Stewart Black then made short work of the opposition's middle-order, claiming a five-wicket haul as they were dismissed for just 122. Wellington lost opener Luke Goring second ball, before Steve Lamb (55*) and Sam Topper (65*) came together to form a match-winning partnership. Wellington completed their run-chase in the 21st over and now sit 41 points clear at the top of the table.
Match of the weekend at Wellington had to be the encounter between the 3rds and Frankton II, which ended in a tie after 90 overs of cricket. Frankton hit a very imposing total of 240-4 in the first innings, despite losing a wicket on the first ball of the afternoon. Jason Brookes (95) and Dave Powell (79) then tormented the home bowlers with a long partnership. Wellington went about their daunting chase busily with U14 Matt Lamb starring with 82, assisted variously by Matt Pitchford (60) and Will Lewin (41*). As the match ebbed and flowed, the home side required two to win off the last ball, but only managed one, leaving the scores level and the points shared.
Wellington IVs made the long trip to face Newtown II in another close encounter, albeit one which they ultimately lost. The Welsh side posted 192-5 in the first innings with Phil Davies claiming 3-33 for Wellington. Ed Bushnell (31) gave the visitors a good start, but the regular loss of wickets stalled his side's progress. The impressive Josh Macdonald stood out with an unbeaten 45, but he gradually ran out of partners as Wellington lost the match by just five runs.
There was victory on the road for Wellington V on Sunday as they faced Bomere Heath III. Stand-in captain James Brothwood elected to bat first and scored 35 as he got his team off to a good start. Shuaib Sarr (43) and Warwick Vaughan (33) also enjoyed their afternoon, but it was youngster Ollie Stott, unbeaten on 72, who stole the plaudits as Wellington made 256-6 in their 40 overs. After tea, Scarlett Vaughan, playing in her first senior match, claimed 4-17 as her side ran out as 78-run victors.
Updated 13:18 - 7 Jun 2019 by David Ross