Pilko's Wonder Strike Caps Off Fine Wellington Win
Wellington 3rd XI continued their impressive winning streak with a comprehensive victory over Iscoyd on a tropical Saturday afternoon at Orleton Park.
With Pitchy winning a 3rd toss on the trot, chose to bat against an improved Iscoyd, who were on the back of three straight wins themselves.
Owais Abdul & Pat Howells opened the batting on a belter of a batting wicket. Owais (2) departed quite quickly bring Richard Benting to the crease, Tug having swapped roles for the week with Tom Masters due to work commitments. Tug(5) was soon out though only to then dazzle all watching on the side lines by spending the afternoon stripped down to his shorts!! Chris Sheperd then went in and put on useful partnership with Pat and both of them playing a vast array of shots that peppered the boundary ropes. Pat (28) was then bowled. Pitchy(13), Alex Taylor(12) and Ian Murphy(5) added runs to keep the score board ticking over. Young Alex Harris then entered and put on excellent partnership of 60+ with Shep pushing the score towards the 200 mark. Shep at this stage had hit a well-deserved ‘50’ and looking very comfortable. Alex (20) was then out and Naz Akhtar promoted to 3s for his bowling then delivered an attacking and hard hitting array of shots hitting the boundary ropes and at speed, one which included superb straight six over mid-ons head into the cow field. Naz (31) was then out. Shep then brought up his hundred in superb fashion with straight four through mid-on and what had been an excellent innings. Dave Ross (5) and Ben Pilkington (4*) helped Shep along and he finished the innings 113*, brilliant display and Wellington 267-9 off 45 overs.
Iscoyd’s reply started off explosively with a succession of boundaries, partly as the opener had a garden party to get to and at drinks interval he retired out on 53 and score on 80/0. With Ben Pilkington and Naz Akhtar unable to get much rhythm, Owais and Alex Harris came into the attack. Straight after drinks, Iscoyd attempted a single to Pitchy (never do that) who in turn threw to Shep, not the best of throws but Shep managed to gather the ball take couple of steps and run the batsman out. Alex Harris then clean bowled and Iscoyd batter. The other spin twin Dave Ross entered the fray, replacing young Harris and for the second successive week changed the game. These two are getting more and more alike each week! Rossco bowled superbly picking up wickets on regular basis and at one stage had figures of 4 wickets for 5 runs and had only gone for 5 runs because Pilkers rather than picking the ball up at mid-on, thought he was Peter Kay in the John Smith’s advert and said ‘Have it’ and kicked the ball a further 45 yards over the boundary rope for four runs, much to everyone’s amusement, yeah well fielded Pilkers!!! Rossco finished with magnificent figures of 7-3-10-5 and arguably his best bowling performance of season. Winning wicket was taken by Pilkers clean bowling the final batsman.
It has to be noted that Rossco was very delighted when he took the wicket of 77 year old John Faulkner, superbly caught one handed in gully by Ian ’Smurf’ Murphy, a moment that Rossco will cherish for his career.
Smurf fielded very well taking two excellent catches and had he not dropped an even better catch before he had taken any would been excellent achievement. Took a one handed catch in mid-flight only to hit the ground and his elbow dislodges the ball.
Another fantastic team performance, 25 points and men of the match must go to Shep for his century and Rossco for his five wickets.
New to the agenda is nightmare of the match, not surprisingly going to Pilkers for him kicking a cricket ball further than the batsman had actually hit it. Chin up Pilks.
Match report by Steve Pitchford