By David Ross
Wellington 3s travelled to Willey for their fourth game of the season looking to continue their good start.
With the weather forecast not favourable the game was reduced to 40 overs, Willey winning the toss and electing to field first. Wellington had the surprise inclusion in their line-up of the returning Martin Delaney, he, who having escaped from Alcatraz, was now donning a new type of uniform!
Wellington’s innings didn’t get off to the best of starts as they lost experienced opener Mark O’Connor in the first over. Fellow opener Rich Benting, playing an out of character innings at the start, taking 3-4 overs to get off the mark had Matthew Dickenson at the wicket with him. With the pitch helping the bowlers runs were hard to come by and Dicko was soon out pulling a full toss to mid-wicket. Following a short rain delay Tug was soon out (21) bringing Matt Denver to the wicket with Pitchy. Run rate slowly gathered place with a partnership building. Pitchy departed (20) bringing the returning Delaney into the fold. An impressive array of attacking play by both Denver and Delaney increased the run rate quite considerably with the boundary ropes being peppered. Delaney striking a fine straight six back over the bowler's head. As the overs came to an end Denver (25) was out, quickly followed by Delaney (47). Gary Davies, Dan Pilkington and Owais Abdul came in threw the bat and were out, leaving Mike Nadal not out without facing. Wellington ending up with competitive and winnable total of 141 all out.
Unfortunately following one eventful over from Gary Davies, which brought back memories of Nick Mitchell’s first over in England (well Wales, Llanidloes), the match was eventually abandoned due to torrential rain.
Match report by Steve Pitchford