Drayton Too Hot For Wellington
Saturday saw Market Drayton first team visit a sunny Orleton Park, having been relegated from Division One last season.
Drayton won the toss and put Wellington in to bat. The game unfortunately started in typical fashion for the season to date as Tom Masters (2), Gary Davies (3) and Richard Benting (6) all fell in the first six overs with the score on 11. The returning Jonny Green and Steve Pitchford then slowly started to rebuild the innings. With the Drayton bowlers bowling with pace and a swinging ball runs were hard to come by and batting very difficult. There was however the odd bad ball that was put away nicely to the boundary. A partnership of 62 unfortunately ended with Greeny playing a shot outside off stump that hit his inside edge onto the stumps for a very good knock of 23, some lovely cut shots played during his innings. Pitchy fell the next over for 24, adjudged LBW to Drayton’s overseas contracted player! Matthew Denver (0) fell near enough straight away, bringing to the wicket ex-Drayton player Alex Harris and stalwart Ian Murphy. These two both played excellent innings and formed an impressive partnership picking their shots and hitting the odd boundary here and there. Smurf took this opportunity to impress his on-looking father, who was also taking photos of his son posing in full stance after each shot. Whereas Alex Harris - taking some flak from the opposition - played a brilliant innings for his age which showed that he can dig in when required. A partnership of 60 was broken when Alex was bowled for 28. Jonny Black (0), Rachael Howells (0) and Owais Abdul (0) failed to trouble scorers but did manage to hang around for enough time for Smurf to bring up an excellent 50, finishing the innings 53 not out and leaving Wellington all out for 160 off 42.3 overs, which was a good effort after being 11/3.
Drayton therefore had 48 overs to knock the runs off. Wellington opened the bowling with Rach Howells and Jonny Black who both bowled excellently in their spells, both beating the bat on numerous occasions without any luck. Blacky did however take a quick wicket, thanks to good catch down the leg side by Matty Denver. Rach ended her first spell of 7 overs 0/12 and Blacky 10 overs 1/22. Alex Harris and Owais Abdul then continued the good bowling without any luck. Gary Davies also attempted to break the partnership being formed but without success. Drayton skipper James Coggins batted well for his 66* and led his side to victory with just 5 overs left; although Rachael Howells still had time to come back on and take a wicket with simple catch to Pitchy at mid-off.
It’s without doubt the best bowling attack the 3s have come across this season. We put up a dogged display in the field with some excellent fielding from all the team and another 30 runs may have made a difference on the outcome.
Next up the long trip to Llanidloes on Saturday, where we can hope to get back to winning ways. All in all, a spirited effort by the guys against a good side.
Match report by Steve Pitchford