Neil's Great Start
Professional Neil Edwards had a debut to remember with bat and ball at Brewood in the Graham Williamson Trophy.
New professional Neil Edwards made a great start on his Wellington debut with four wickets and a half century as the 1st XI coasted to a seven-wicket victory at Brewood in the first round of the Graham Williamson Trophy.
In miserable conditions skipper Wendell Wagner asked the home side to bat first and they made 181-9 in their 40 overs.
All the bowlers did well with Edwards the pick, taking four wickets with his medium pace. Anthony O’Connor claimed the first wicket of the new season thanks to a great diving slip catch by Steve Lamb and there were two wickets apiece for spinners Adam Byram and Robbie Clarke.
The former Notts and Somerset opener Edwards then hit 67 as Wellington got home with three deliveries to spare. After a slow start on an equally slow track the tall left-hander got into his stride after initially being outscored by his opening partner Steve Lamb, who fell for 18.
Edwards was then joined by young Joe Clarke and the pair batted beautifully to see their side through to the next round. The pro cut loose late in his innings with several leg-side sixes before falling for 67 just before victory was achieved.
Equally stylish was keeper Clarke, who kept pace with his more experienced partner and ended the day unbeaten on 64 with some eye-catching off-side boundaries.
Wellington’s second round opponents, Walmley or Barnt Green, were beaten by the weather, and will replay their tie next weekend. As a result, Wellington will be playing Walsall at home in a friendly this coming Saturday in readiness of the start of the league campaign the following week.