Wellington Run Out Easy Winners
By David Ross
Saturday saw Wellington 3s demolish newly promoted Grove at Orleton Park in emphatic style, with a crushing nine wicket victory wrapped up by 5.30pm.
With Pitchy winning his first toss of the coin in 9 weeks, Wellington elected to field, which proved decisive. With all five bowlers contributing and picking up wickets in an excellent display of bowling. Ben 'still lesser brother' Pilkington (7-2-9-1) bowled exceptionally well and continues his magnificent season with the new ball. Ably assisted by Martin Weill (12-5-22-2) who also continued from where he left off last week with an impressive and devastating display. It did help having his number one fan present at the game, his father, cheering him on from the side lines. Pilkers took the first wicket of the game, to an inspired piece of captaincy! Asking young Tom Masters to go into 2nd slip and next ball with the aid of deflection from Dan Candlish’s chest at 1st slip took the catch. Rachael Howells (7-1-23-2) also continued her fine form with the ball and clean bowled one Grove batsman and aided by superb catch by Dan ‘still better brother’ Pilkington standing up to get her second wicket. Young Sam Topper (6-1-22-3) took his first wickets for the 3s with catches from Pitchy, Pat Howells and stumping from Dan Pilks (continuing his excellent season with the gloves). Owais Abdul (4.3-0-12-2) also got in on the act with two wickets for him. Grove all out for 93, this did include penalty 5 runs after deflections from Pilks to Dan and Dan on to the helmet on the ground. Fantastic bowling performance from all five bowlers.
3s openers Dan Candlish (60*) and Owais Abdul (22) continued their fine opening partnership with a stand of 88 before Owais was out caught in gully with just 8 needed to win. Danny continued his excellent display with the bat by amassing another half century and taking his run total over 250 in just 4 innings in the 3rd team. Winning runs were hit by Tom Masters with a boundary in just 20 overs of the innings and 21 thoroughly deserved points for 3s.
A game that every single player in 3s contributed by bowling, batting or taking a catch and big well done from the skipper guys and gals.
Special mentions though for the five bowlers who all performed superbly, Dan Candlish for another impressive batting display and also Dan Pilkington for his continued excellence behind the stumps and getting better and better with each game.
Match report by Steve Pitchford