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1st XI - Match centre

Wellington
Barnards Green
Ross Aucott 20*, Joe Clarke 20
Batting
Mark Hardinges 54, Elliot Hennessy 16
Graeme Cessford 6/43, Mark Hardinges 2/20
Bowling
Ross Aucott 4/10, Robbie Clarke 3/19
Sat 1 Jun 12:00 - League

Batsmen Struggle, But It's Another Win

After Joe Clarke’s blistering start to the season it was another youngster who took centre stage as Wellington closed the gap to the top of the table.

Teenager Ross Aucott was the man of the match as the 1st XI just managed to overcome basement boys Barnards Green by two wickets at Orleton Park.

Sent in to bat, the visitors were soon in trouble with Anthony O’Connor bagging two early wickets and Wendell Wagner another. They recovered a little against a home attacking missing Gagandeep Singh and Adam Byram, but spinner Robbie Clarke produced his best spell of the season (3-19 from 10 overs) - and then young Aucott roared in to clean up the tail and finish with 4-10 from 4.5 overs.

So Wellington needed just 100 to win and it should have been plain sailing. But with pro Neil Edwards not coming in until No 9 after injuring his back while bowling, the team made hard work of it before limping home with two wickets to spare.

Joe Clarke hit 20 and Matt Tilt 17 early on, but it was Aucott who kept his cool and his unbeaten 20 saw the side home.

Not entirely convincing but in fairness they were up against a good Barnards Green attack with Worcestershire’s Cessford taking 6-43 in 17 hostile overs.

The 20 points helped close the gap on new leaders Kenilworth to 15 points as previously unbeaten Dorridge crashed to a surprise defeat at Brewood. So that makes for an interesting game on Saturday when Wendell’s boys travel to Kenilworth.

Match report by Peter Byram

Scorecard

Wellington won the toss and decided to bowl.

Barnards Green batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Alex Milton
lb. W Wagner
8
0
0
0
 
Ashlea Brewer
st. J Clarke, b. A O'Connor
1
0
0
0
 
Alex Hepburn
b. A O'Connor
1
0
0
0
 
Mark Hardinges
ct. R Clarke, b. R Clarke
54
0
0
0
 
Elliot Hennessy
st. J Clarke, b. R Clarke
16
0
0
0
 
Andy Ford
ct. M Shawcross, b. R Aucott
8
0
0
0
 
Graeme Cessford
ct. W Wagner, b. R Aucott
0
0
0
0
 
Dannie Rees
ct. S Lamb, b. R Clarke
0
0
0
0
 
Kevin Golder
Not Out
2
0
0
0
 
Liam Smith
lb. R Aucott
0
0
0
0
 
Blair Kingsland
b. R Aucott
1
0
0
0
 
Extras
1w, 5lb, 2nb
8
Total
for 10 wickets 33.1 overs
99

Wellington bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Wendell Wagner
7
0
24
1
3.4
1nb
Anthony O'Connor
8
3
35
2
4.4
Robbie Clarke
10
3
19
3
1.9
1w
Neil Edwards
3.2
1
6
0
1.8
Ross Aucott
4.5
2
10
4
2.1
1nb

Wellington batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Joe Clarke
ct. A Milton, b. M Hardinges
20
0
0
0
 
Matthew Tilt
lb. M Hardinges
17
0
0
0
 
Steve Lamb
b. G Cessford
0
0
0
0
 
Wendell Wagner
ct. A Brewer, b. G Cessford
6
0
0
0
 
Anthony O'Connor
Did Not Bat
0
0
0
0
 
Gagandeep Singh
Did Not Bat
 
 
 
 
 
Neil Edwards
lb. G Cessford
0
0
0
0
 
Nick Mitchell
lb. G Cessford
8
0
0
0
 
Robbie Clarke
Not Out
8
0
0
0
 
Ross Aucott
Not Out
20
0
0
0
 
Matt Shawcross
ct. A Hepburn, b. G Cessford
5
0
0
0
 
Martin Delaney
b. G Cessford
7
0
0
0
 
Extras
7w, 1lb, 2nb
10
Total
for 8 wickets 39.4 overs
101

Barnards Green bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Graeme Cessford
17
4
43
6
2.5
2nb, 2w
Mark Hardinges
10
2
20
2
2.0
Andy Ford
9.4
1
31
0
3.2
5w
Liam Smith
3
0
6
0
2.0

Team selection

Wellington
Barnards Green
  • 1. Alex Milton
  • 2. Ashlea Brewer
  • 3. Alex Hepburn
  • 4. Mark Hardinges
  • 5. Elliot Hennessy
  • 6. Andy Ford
  • 7. Graeme Cessford
  • 8. Dannie Rees
  • 9. Kevin Golder
  • 10. Liam Smith
  • 11. Blair Kingsland

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