2nd XI Run of Form Continues at Kiddy
An exceptional fielding and bowling display ensured another 20 points for the 2nd XI against second in the table Kidderminster.
Match report by Matt Stinson
Arriving at the venue, Wellington were expecting a wicket that had been used previously in the week in the game between Worcestershire 2nd XI and Durham 2nd XI; however, it was on an unused wicket that was very green but in typical Kidderminster conditions, very hard. With stand in Captain Steve Lamb unsure of what to do, he came to the decision for his Wellington side to bowl first which included three changes from the win against Brockhampton the previous week; with Rachael Howells, Ben Pilkington and Pat Howells replacing Martin Delaney, Stew Black and Dan Lloyd.
Opening bowlers Matt Stinson and Tim Dean piled on the pressure from ball one with the first wicket falling in the third over from Stinson, with a hesitant catch from Pat Howells at cover. With Stinson bowling his normal boring line and length, Tim Dean decided he was going to entertain the lads a bit more by first of all, taking young Todd Flanders’ advice and coming round the wicket to produce a nipping delivery which took the top of the number 3’s off pole and saw him on his way. Next ball, with Dean coming back over the wicket to the incoming right hander, after huge adjustments to the side-screens (which seemed to anger the home alone lookalike) Dean decided he had enough of the batsmen already and decided to snick him off to first slip with an exceptional catch by Captain Steve Lamb, which brought a James Anderson-esque celebration from the young man. This brought the field into the slips for an expecting hat-trick ball; however, Tim decided he had other plans and produced a ball which was full, straight and hit their skipper straight in front. The huge appeals from everybody on the Wellington side (even season ticket holder Colin Wakeley sprung out of his deck chair to join in) were turned down. Tim finished with figures of 3-19 off his 10 overs, as later on in his opening spell took the wicket of the rather dubious opening batsman which was caught diving low to his left by Nick Mitchell at mid-wicket who had been moved there the previous ball.
At the other end Stinson kept bowling in his longest spell and produced a ball which astonishingly was too quick for the batsman and did too much, nipping away off middle stump line to take the off stump. Stinson finished with figures of 2-33 off his 13 overs, which, should have been 3 wickets, but Tom Saunders bottled a catch!
This brought Rachael Howells into the attack from Dean’s end, bowling tight lines to keep the pressure on the skipper at the crease. After taking opening bowler Stinson’s advice, Rachael then produced a wide, juicy half volley for the skipper to hit, which he did, however straight to the diving Ben Pilkington at cover who took an astonishing catch which was hit so hard that after he caughtit, he nearly carried on with it.
This meant that Kidderminster were 5 down with not very many on the board, the number 7 played a very scratchy but valuable innings to try and bring Kidderminster back into the game, however, his patience and maturity along with Rachael’s figures was being ruined by the number 8 at the other end who decided to hit everything over cow corner in an ugly innings of 21, which including hitting Rachael for 14 in three balls which only brings credit to her as she only conceded 18 off her allotted 7 overs, finishing with figures of 1-18. However, this horror show from the number 8, which could have been ended earlier if Tom Saunders could catch, was eventually ended by Nick Mitchell (whose words all day from the covers were ‘ooh give us a spell Lamby’) who hit him straight in from as he was attempting a hideous reverse sweep. After this it was the Nick Mitchell show as the young Aussie decided to rip through the tail with some unplayable deliveries and a good mixture of his ‘wrong’un’ and dismissed the tail including a sharp stumping from Matt Shawcross and another slow stumping from the young keeper as well. Mitchell finishing with figures of 4-10 off his 9 overs, even with good efforts from the young Joey Essex wannabe Ben Pilkington from the other end, his efforts were not rewarded with a wicket.
This then started Wellington’s innings with northern opening partnership of Steve Lamb and Dan Candlish heading to the crease to start the low scoring run chase of 109 to win the game. As usual the Wellington batting line up decided to make hard work of the low run chase with Steve Lamb to go first from a shock straight delivery from the opening bowler which came after two wides and 3 leg side deliveries, he was given out LBW. Other batmen soon followed for low scores including an out of character score from run machine Dan Candlish who was stumped for two; Dan Vaughan (9) was bowled by the opener and Tom Saunders (11) and Nick Mitchell (8) were both caught attempting cover drives. Pat Howells’ stay at the crease was long but a well supported one with Matt Shawcross, Howells was eventually bowled for 0. Tim Dean was next and he was adamant he was going to finish the game off with his chauffeur Shawcross, however, after attempting to guide one down to the gap at third man, Dean was unfortunately caught in the gully by a juggling captain and he was dismissed for 3. Bringing Wellington’s resident hair loss victim Matt Stinson to the crease, showing his intent from ball one by hitting a full toss for a boundary straight past the bowler. With Kidderminster second in the table before the days play, Shawcross and Stinson were expecting some top death bowling to try and make the task of hitting 21 runs from 180 balls as hard as possible, however, the half volleys and full toss’s kept on coming which then saw the two batsmen still at the crease with only 4 runs to win. With Shawcross on 45* he decided to try and show he was not bottling a 50 an avoiding a jug by trying to smash the bowler over his head, but produced a swing and miss. This meant that Stinson was at the other end for the next over with four still to win. Wanting Shawcross to get to his deserving 50, Stinson’s thoughts were to not hit the winning runs, however, when the bowler produced a stupendous full toss, Stinson could only oblige by hitting it past the bowler for a boundary to seal the game for Wellington.
This result left Wellington still fifth in the table 36 points adrift from 4th place and only 6 points ahead of sixth place West Bromwich Dartmouth. Wellington host Wombourne on Saturday hoping to secure another win to keep them secured in the division, and with Stew Black returning for the second XI after a week absence this only means one thing: the return of the MANKIN! Votes as to who should have got it against Kidderminster will be taken after the game, along with the picture of them in it.
Keep it up boys!