Five On The Spin For 3rd Team
Saturday saw the 3s register their fifth straight victory at home to Willey in a game that saw the Sheperd Brothers battling it out.
Match report by Steve Pitchford
Having lost the toss, we were asked to bat first on a new wicket that offered something for both batters and bowlers.
Wellington opened again with Owais Abdul and Pat Howells. Pat (5) was soon out though attempting to hit over the top and got caught at mid-on. Owais (15) soon followed. Tom Masters & Chris Sheperd were then paired together and Shep's first shot was stopped by a diving ‘Shep’ at mid-on! Yeah that’s his brother and according to Willey lads in the field the better player! Wellington’s Shep (5) was out having been bowled by an excellent delivery from Willey’s opening bowler who bowled extremely well during his fifteen over spell. Young Tommy Masters, being watched today from the score box by his beloved, missus-to-be, was playing some lovely cover drives, regularly hitting the boundaries. Skipper Pitchy (13) and Smurf (4) never got going, thus bringing team comic Alex Taylor to the wicket with still 22 overs left. These together produced an excellent partnership with some attacking play by Alex and cultured play by Tom. It was Tom that got to ‘50’ in a thoroughly deserved knock showing his potential and qualities and received a little applause from the score box. Unfortunately the only downer was Tom (58) never managed to make the final few overs as he was bowled but it was superb innings; the first of many to come, we thought, but his mother Liz has decided that a family wedding is more important for Tom to attend next weekend rather than Beacon away! Tom sort it out! In form all-rounder Alex Harris came in to finish the innings with Al Taylor and again showed his qualities with an excellent straight drive for four. Al Taylor brought his well-deserved ‘50’ up and had batted exceptionally well considering the state of play when he came to the wicket. Wellington finished their 45 overs on 178/6 and Al Taylor unbeaten on 57 and Al Harris unbeaten on 10.
Willey’s innings didn’t start well as Pin-Up boy and Lesser Brother Ben Pilkington continued his fine form this season with a wicket with just his fourth ball, clean bowling the opener. Owais opened the bowling from the other end and bowled some pearlers without any luck. Alex Harris replaced Owais but unfortunately couldn’t manage a wicket in his five overs before struggling with a back injury. He continues to bowl well though. Dave Ross replaced Alex and with Pilkers bowling well managed to stem the runs, Pilkers collected a further two wickets in his first seven over spell and would have been four had the skipper not put one down! Alex Taylor came on to bowl and straight away took two wickets in his first two overs and continues to impress with the ball. With the weather closing in and rain had fallen Rossco requested a towel to dry the ball. Thanks to young Luke Goring who obliged and brought one out; unfortunately we think Luke got it from the washing machine as it was soaking wet but thanks for the effort Lukey! Rossco continued his fine form with the ball and claimed another three wickets off 11 good overs in testing conditions for a spin bowler. Ben Pilkington returned and claimed his fourth wicket of the game. Wellington now had 14 overs to get the last wicket but it took 11.4 overs to get it as Willey’s No.9 batsman attacked the ball and hit regular boundaries. With bowling changes being done every few overs Alex Taylor returned and claimed his 3rd wicket with the batsman caught by the skipper at mid-off. Willey were all out for 164.
Big mentions to Alex Taylor for 57* and 3 wickets; Rossco for 3 wickets; and Ben Pilkington for another 4 wickets and showing his potential in his best season with the ball. Final mention to Tom Masters for his impressive and excellent knock.
Ben Pilkington has also written a letter of apology to Rachael Howells following the verbal abuse aimed towards her last week, which left Rachael shaking and unable to play his week through fear of a repeat. It was good to see Rachael scoring though which was appreciated - Thanks, Rach - as was her cheering on the team and her fella Tommy.
Thanks to Andy ’Taff' Howells for stepping into the umpire's jacket, appreciated by the lads.
So another 25 points, 5 victories on the trott pushing Wellington into 2nd spot prior to Market Drayton’s result.