Lamb To The Slaughter As Wellington Dominate Streetly
Wellington 2nds got their season off to a great start thanks to a fine half-century by Steve Lamb.
With the first scheduled fixture against West Brom last week being abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch. The second XI got their season underway at home to one of the leagues six new boys, Streetly. Like last year the first six games are a win/lose format.
Having been asked to meet for 11.15 on Saturday morning, 10 of the Wellington boys were early and really anxious to get the season underway. Owais Abdul (The O Train, Oasis) however, has built a rep for oversleeping and was his casual 25 mins late for the warm up. Stand in skipper Stew Black (Blackie) suggested it might be a good idea for the cricket club to provide Owais with a pager, (similar to the ones the fire services use) so we can alert him to leave his home and make his way to the ground on time.
To the action, skipper Stew lost the toss and Wellington took to the field. Having selected no less than 7 bowlers, fielding first was his desired choice.
The usual pairing of Matt Stinson 7-1-1-19 (Stinto) from the Pavilion End and Carl Ward 7-1-0-11(Wardy) from the Wrekin End got Wellington’s season underway. Both bowled with real precision and intelligence, which only offered Streetly 1’s and 2’s. You could tell the frustration as Streetly’s David Yeend threw a lucky blow, hitting Stinto for 6! However 2 balls later Stinto had his man with an off stump slow yorker.
Having been promoted to Captain, Stew Black used his power to bring himself onto bowl. A short first spell of 3 overs brought the 2nd wicket and dismissed other opener Tom Clarke.
On the side lines Streetlys skipper was calling back to base and declared “Oh! We’re on for 200 here, easily!” Streetly were 28 for 2!
At this point Wellington were very much on top but extremely flat in the field. However with the introduction to young guns Tom Masters (5-0-1-25) and Jack Furnival (7-0-1-28) the mood picked up and Wellington started to tighten their grip on the game. Jack picked up the wicket of Farid Ullah, who was looking dangerous and Wellington looked in control. Tommy Masters trapped David Thane leg before wicket and Wellington started to smell blood.
With Skipper Stew wanting to mix the bowlers up, on came Owais Abdul (10-1-21-1) to bowl a brilliant 10 over spell. Streetly could only prod and block O Train, which sank the batting side into a deep hole.
At the Wrekin end, on came Martin Weill (8-1-3-15) (Weilly, Dreamboat, Bowling Award Winner 2012). Weilly had a difficult season last year but this season is a new start and Martin bowled beautifully. With Owais applying the pressure at one end, Weilly attacked the stumps and made the Streetly batsman come out and attack. They failed…
All three of Weilly’s wickets ruined the timber columns and Streely had no answer to Wellington’s richest cricketer.
With Wellington’s skipper again forcing his power to bring himself on against the tail. Streetly were bowled out for 143 and a good job well done by Wellington’s seven bowlers.
With a very fine tee interval, served by the ever present Mrs Wakeley was scoffed and Wellington’s opening pair took to the field.
With one half of the Geordie duo missing, Steve Lamb (59 – score, not age) was accompanied to the wicket by Tom Masters (16 – again score, not age). The pair got Wellington off to a great start with an opening stand of over 50. Tom was sadly run out after a slow first run and out came Matt Denver (0).
With a great start from Wellington, Streetly were lifted by the dismissal of Tom and started to voice their challenge on the game. With Matt Denver forgetting to use his bat, Wellington were quickly 2 down and facing a familiar batting collapse, like the ones of early 2013.
In came the stand in skipper and tried to stable the rocking ship. Stew prodded and aimed to get in form Steve Lamb (Lamby) on strike. Steve batted brilliantly and was in no bother. With Streetly making regular mistakes, Lamby slogged swept a free hit for a one bounce four and the fielding side started to go very quiet.
Stew Black was trapped LBW and Streetly had a pick me up. This was until Jack Furnival, who was making his debut, smashed a quick 21 and put Wellington within touching distance of a nice 20 points.
Streetly did manage to dismiss Lamby but the damage was done and Wellington strolled to a 4 wicket victory. With a very important early win under their belts, Wellington’s 2nd XI have got their season off to a terrific start.
There were several candidates for Wellington’s man of the match, but it had to be awarded to Steve Lamb. Well batted Lamby.
With an interesting season ahead for the club as a whole, this was a great start for the 2nd XI.
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