2nds Get Worst Of Weather
By David Ross
Wellington 2nd XI lost by 7 wickets to a strong West Bromwich Dartmouth side.
On a cold and windy day, Wellington lost the toss and were put into bat on a damp looking wicket. Despite the conditions strongly favouring the bowlers, Wellington got off to great start. Sam Lloyd and Tom Saunders battled hard, and thanks to some very average fielding from the West Bromwich side put on 90 for the first wicket before Saunders fell for 48. Another wicket fell quickly and this bought Rich Benting to the crease, he took the pressure off Lloyd, smashing the ball to all parts. When Lloyd was caught soon after reaching his half century the Wellington innings took a turn for the worst; they lost two quick wickets of Matt Shawcross, who made up for his lack of shots on the pitch by playing many in the pavilion after his dismissal, and Matthew Dickenson leaving Wellington 146-5. This bought Tim Dean to the crease, he supported Benting and the pair took the attack the West Bromwich spinners. Benting then fell for a well made 52. Wellington struggled to push on in the remaining overs and finished on 219 for 8, Dean finishing on 43 not out.
The West Bromwich batsmen got off to a good start, hitting regular boundaries and despite the best efforts of the Wellington bowlers they struggled to take any wickets. The game then looked to have changed when West Bromwich's opener was run out by Daniel Vaughan, who just about stayed awake long enough to field the ball well and produce a good throw to the bowler. Youngster Daniel Lloyd then picked up a wicket and the game looked to be turning into Wellington's favour. However, the West Bromwich batters decided that was enough and knocked off the remaining 40 runs in three overs.
The 2nds travel to Bridgnorth this weekend, and with a strong side will hope to get a much needed win.
Match report by Tim Deano