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Coventry and North Warwick 2nd XI
Wellington 2nd XI
Sat 14 Jun 12:30 - League

Black's Impact Sets Up Win

Wellington 2nds recorded a narrow victory at Coventry and North Warwickshire thanks to Stewart Black's 4-25.

Match report by Chris Sheperd

Arriving at the ground after a long journey, the team were anticapating a good game on what looked like an excellent Coventry pitch. On losing the toss Wellington were sent into bat on an inviting pitch, which wasnt the worst toss to lose.

The innings was started up by Steve "Skipper" Moules and Dan "Danny" Candlish who saw Wellington to a good start, seeing of the new ball. They took the score pasted 50 before a change in bowling saw the opposition captain making the first dismissal, bowling Moules for a solid 19. This bought late cry on Chris "Shep" Sheperd to the crease, who had spent the previous night in the pub, advicing a certain gentlemen to bet on the football, without having the bottle to put his money where his mouth is.

At the other end saw Dan Candlish playing some lovely shots, setting himself up for a big total, sadly for Dan he hit a wide half tracker straight to the fielder, seeing him caught for a well worked 33 with the captain making the breakfew again, to the angry and disguist of Dan.

The middle order had a tough time facing some very good bowling from the Coventry bowlers, losing 4 wickets in no time at all. This sent are good start to looking like we could be skittled for a low total. The damage was done by skipper Mark Lilley who finished with figures of 10-3-3-31, young off spin Harry Ikram who didnt take a wicket but bowled extremely well with figures of 10-1-0-35 and Zain "Mr 6 fer" Jamshed who finished with figures of 9-2-6-36.

After then losing Chris Sheperd for 37 to Jamsted it looked like Wellington could be in a lot of bother but some good lower order batting from Matt "Shearer" Stinson, Dan "better brother" Pilkington and Martin "56 grand a year" Welli got us vitual runs to send the total to 164 all out.

After tea the boys were up for chasing the 10 wickets down, after a disappointing batting display. Those plans started well with an early wicket from opening bowler Matt Stinson who gentlely pushed one down that was hit straight down Matt Denver's throat at mid off. Matt continue his excellenct spell ending up with figures of 7-2-11-1. Opener Sarfaraz Pathan had a completely different plan though as he took a certain liking to Tim "Deano" Dean who played a very positive innings throughout and had no meaning to stop.

With the game getting away from us slightly it was time to introduce Carl Ward who had a bit of pressure on him to perform, after his dismissal early on in the day that saw him snick off to a ball that bounced twice from young spinner Jamshed to first slip. Wardy was joined by Mouler the other end who ended up getting the dismissal of Pathan for 37. This was a key wicket and bowling in tamdem the run rate was keeped down with the overs starting to creep up on them.

The traditional saying of drinks bring wickets came true as Ward struck in the very first over after drinks with a well deserved wicket. This had set the scene for Stewart "blackie" Black to become hero of the day, at a time in the game when needing another 7 wickets with not to many runs to chase. Steve Moules down the other end picked up another wicket, keeping his spell, tight and controlled for excellent figures of 10-3-20-2.

Blackie came into the attack bowling 8 overs in his spell taking 4 wickets, which 3 were bowled and 1 L.B.W. The spell was quick, accurate and to much to handle for Coventry's middle order, as he blew them away only going for 25 runs in the process. Replacing the skipper, Martin Welli came into the attack. Martin had what you can only call a nightmare in the field and was desperate to make up for it with his bowling. Martin certainly did taking 2 important wickets at a time when the game could of gone either way. Martin finished with figures of 5-0-17-2 taking the 8th wicket, leaving it to Blackie with his last ball of his spell to bowl the captain, sending Coventry crashing to 143 all out.

A great win by the lads bringing home the 24 points, that has moved us up to 3rd place in the league and still undefeated for the season.

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