Castle Edge Wellington
Saturday saw the visit to Orleton Park of Bishop’s Castle, the third team's bogey side.
With the forecast for thundery showers the game was reduced to 40 overs per side. The wicket was very green and the toss would prove crucial - but another toss lost and the 3s were asked to bat. With previous week's centurion Danny Candlish on his way back from car purchasing, the opening pair were Owais Abdul and Matthew Denver. Unfortunately Wellington had soon lost Owais (5), Matty Denver (9) and Simon Topper (3), leaving Danny Candlish and Steve Pitchford to steady the ship. With tight bowling from the one end runs were slowly being picked up from the Wrekin end and boundaries were being hit. Some impressive shot selection again from Candlish being the highlight. Danny (24) was caught and soon followed by Pitchy (12). Mark O’Connor (11) doggedly picked up runs when the bad ball came but was eventually bowled. This brought together the two youngsters Alex Harris and Lesser Brother Ben Pilkington - Ben returning after a three week lay-off with poorly ankle! They both batted exceptionally well and picking up singles near enough every ball as well as boundaries. With the last ball of the innings Alex Harris brought up his maiden fifty for the club and ended unbeaten on 51 and Pilkers unbeaten on 14, well done to Alex, who has shown very good form with the bat in recent weeks. Wellington finishing the innings on 152/6 which was decent score on the way the wicket was playing.
Both Alex and Pilkers then joined forces again to open the bowling, some fine deliveries just not getting the luck they deserved, especially from Pilkers. They were replaced by young Sam Topper and Jonny Black and it was Blacky that forced the breakthrough, bowling the opening batsman to an excellent delivery. Young Sam Topper continued his impressive showing since his debut last week and bowled another fine spell of line and length without any luck and finishing with a spell of 6-0-20-0, loads of promise being shown by young Topper. The two spin twins were introduced in Owais and Dave Ross, it was Owais that took two quick wickets, one a fine catch from Sam Topper at point. Ben Pilkington then resumed for another spell and finally got reward for an excellent spell and returned figures of 11-4-21-1 and showing his potential, still got a long way to go before being the better brother though! The game came down to the final over with Bishops Castle needing five runs and Rossco in charge, unfortunately Castle’s left hander managed to slog a boundary giving them victory with just two balls to go.
A valiant effort from the guys and just shows what an extra 5/10 runs could have done. Only disappointment on the day was probably the additional 20 extras we gave away in the first 40/50 runs of the innings but on the whole a good team effort.
Ellesmere away next and hopefully back to winning ways.
Match report by Steve Pitchford