Joe Leads Way in Stunning Start
The 1st XI made a brilliant start to the new Birmingham League campaign with a resounding 146-run win at arch-rivals Shifnal.
The home side were outplayed from start to finish as Wellington notched up a maximum 20 points with the minimum of fuss.
Sent in to bat, Wellington suffered an early blow when Steve Lamb fell second ball, but pro Neil Edwards and Joe Clarke settled the nerves with a second wicket stand of over 100, flaying the home attack to all parts.
Neil fell for a well made 35 but it was young Clarke who was catching the eye. The talented 16-year-old outscored his more experienced partner and raced on to his first Birmingham League century – a superb innings with shots all round the wicket.
Joe’s class shone through, being equally at home scoring through the covers and mid-wicket. His reward was a call-up to play for Worcestershire 2nd XI against Glamorgan this week.
Joe fell for exactly 100, and with useful contributions from Matt Tilt (44 not out), skipper Wendell Wagner (24) and Nick Mitchell (21), the visitors amassed a hugely impressive 265 from their 50 overs despite several rain delays.
Because of the rain Shifnal’s target was reduced to 216 in 32 overs but they were never in the hunt after Anthony O’Connor bagged county captain Richard Oliver for a duck in his opening over.
Shifnal slipped to a dismal 119 all out, missing a solitary batting point by just one run.
The wickets were shared with O’Connor, Wagner, Gagandeep Singh and Adam Byram all picking up a brace a piece.
This Saturday Wellington are at home to Bromsgrove, who were also first day winners.
Match report by Peter Byram.