Top Win, Dudes!
Wellington 3s secured another victory on Saturday at the expense of Tibberton - and it was just as comprehensive as previous week's.
Match report by Steve Pitchford
Losing the toss and asked to bat on a wicket that looked like would so a bit, Owais Abdul and Pat Howells opened up. Pat (4) out in first few overs pulling straight to square leg. Tom Masters (9) soon followed. Chris Sheperd then hit his first two balls to the boundary and went on to put on an excellent partnership with Owais. Owais continued his impressive form with bat hitting runs at regular intervals, he was eventually bowled for 34. Matt Dickenson then continued bludgeoning the ball around and with Shep at the other end the running between the wickets was superb. Dicko (25) went stumped, Shep brought up his half century and continued to add runs alongside Steve Pitchford. Shep eventually went bowled for 73, another quality innings. Pitchy and Ian Murphy then continued the fast run rate, consistently hitting boundaries. Smurf (21) was bowled bringing Alex Harris to crease. Pitchy brought up his fifty with boundary and with Alex hitting somee impressive shots took the score on to 293/6 off 45: Alex 25* and Pitchy 66*.
Wellington took to the field and before the innings had even commenced Rachael Howells was verbally abused by Ben Pilkington - out of character - all because he wanted her 2cm further right. Rachael now scared for her life opened the bowling alongside Pilkers. Rach struck early thanks too a good piece of wicketkeeping from Shep, stumping former Wellington player Salik. Pilkers continued his impressive form, but without success. Rachael then forged a useful partnership with Tom Masters, she bowling and Tom throwing his body on the line to stop anything for her. This continued when he took a catch at point and everyone could see the attraction between the two. Rach bowled an excellent ten overs, taking 4 wickets. Alex Harris bowled a very good spell and deservedly took one wicket, showing his consistency with both bat and ball. It was left to the spin twins Owais and Dave Ross to again complement each other: Owais took three wickets and Rossco two to complete a comprehensive victory. Tibberton finished 120 all out.
No doubt the on field chemistry between players is getting stronger as the season progresses. Special mention to Pilkers who got through the game without kicking a ball over the boundary, but a written apology will be sought for the report next week after his verbal volley towards Rachael.
25 points, 4 wins on the trott and gap closed to 12 points between us in third and Drayton in second.