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