Solid Draw For 3s
An away trip to scenic Ellesmere was Saturday’s game for Wellington 3’s.
With five changes made to last week’s defeat saw Dan Pilkington, Martin Weill, Alex Taylor, Pat Howells and the returning Chris Shepherd, who on his return advised me he was a third team allrounder, something which the game highlighted I think, possibly he now regrets saying, do you Shep??
On a day where it poured down with rain everywhere else, Ellesmere was sunny, although cold at times but bar a five minute period no rain. For the eighth week on the trot I lost the toss and we were asked to bat. Openers Owais Abdul and Danny Candlish started the innings off where they left off at Llanidloes. Ellesmere had young opening bowler who bowled very well and had Danny dropped in just the 4/5 over by the wicket keeper. Danny then hit his first 32 runs in boundaries in typical fashion. Owais (9) was first to go though edging the ball to the keeper with the score on 44. Entered Chris ‘Shep’ Shepherd, on his return to the Wellington fold, and did he return in style? Walking back to the pavilion having faced one ball, running himself out going for quick single. In fairness to Shep, excellent piece of fielding from the Ellesmere lad, diving, pick-up and throw, hitting one stump also, well ran Shep!! That brought Steve Pitchford to the wicket and together with Danny put on 63 for the 3rd wicket. Going at 8/9 runs per over the scoreboard soon ticking along. Danny reached his ‘50’, albeit a little luck having been dropped three times but still richly deserved for some fine hitting. Danny (60) went soon after though swinging and missing a ball which the keeper (standing back) took and threw the ball at the stumps, hitting them with Danny still outside his crease, doh!! Pitchy (48) went next with 11 overs to go been caught behind. Pat ‘Park-Ji Sung’ Howells and Alex Taylor at the crease the score continued to tick over with some fine shot selection, until Pat (21) pulled a delivery that all thought was sailing into the field for six until boundary fielder jumped 2 foot in the air and caught the ball one handed, much to Park Ji-Sungs dismay. Alex Taylor (18) was then run out in comical circumstances batting with Matthew Denver, both of them seemingly having mid-wicket chat not knowing which way they should run. Denver (4) was bowled. Martin Weill then hit three huge sixes on his way to quick fire 27 before been LBW to ball that got ankle high. Dan Pilkington (0) and Ben Pilkington (1) also were quickly out in final flurry leaving Alex Harris undefeated and Wellington posting 201 all out in the 40th over.
Ellesmere’s innings started and opening bowlers Ben Pilkington and Martin Weill were at times unplayable, mainly for different reasons but unplayable. In fact Weill finished with 12-8-8-0. Alex Harris took the first wicket trapping the opening batter LBW. Owais Abdul did the same at the other end with his first ball of the game. Ellesmere after 25 overs had reached 49 runs!!!! Couple of drop catches by the boys including allrounder Shep’s drop at first slip, good debut for Shep but I’m sure he’ll come good next week? Alex Taylor then came on to bowl after his stunning five wicket haul at Llanidloes two weeks ago and took another two wickets. Only other real highlight was Pat Howell’s attempt to chase, stop, field and throw ball back to keeper, unfortunately he chased ok, failed to stop the ball as he missed it and then kicked the ball for four runs, yeah well fielded Pat ha ha!! Ellesmere finished their innings on 130/4 off 40 overs giving Wellington a winning draw and 15 points well deserved.
Thank you to Duncan Taylor as well for scoring, big help.
Good performance by the boys again without being in danger of losing the game. Next week sees the final game of the first half of the season and a home game against newly promoted Grove.
Match report by Steve Pitchford