Edwards Blitz In Record Run Chase
The Firsts started the second half of their league campaign with a magnificent home win over rivals Shifnal.
In the process, Wellington set up a club batting record since entering the Birmingham League.
The visitors chose to bat first and rattled up a huge 277-7 on a batsman-friendly track in scorching heat.
County captain Richard Oliver led the way with an unbeaten 133 but Wellington fielded superbly during the majority of their 55 overs and also bowled pretty well despite losing key spinner Adam Byram with a groin injury after he had bowled just eight overs.
Martin Delaney and Ross Aucott bagged a couple of late wickets apiece but Wellington were still set a daunting target.
However, pro Neil Edwards had other ideas as he raced to an impressive 112 before holing out at deep mid wicket.
Fellow opener Steve Lamb (32) shared in a useful opening stand and when Edwards fell Wellington were well ahead of the clock but still with plenty to do.
But there were to be no hiccups this time as Ross Aucott (70 not out) and skipper Wendell Wagner (39 not out) saw their side to a memorable win with seven wickets and 10 overs to spare.
The Edwards innings was crucial to gaining the 24 points but Aucott and Wagner also blitzed the Shifnal bowling to secure the win in the club’s highest Birmingham league run chase.
The win takes the club up to third place, albeit still 50 points behind second-placed Dorridge.
Match report by Peter Byram