Wellington Eye More Cup Heroics
Wellington 3rd XI finally managed to complete their Qualifying Round game at home to Shifnal in the Marstons T20 competition on Thursday night.
After the success the team had last season reaching the quarter finals, a lot is expected this season.
The match was reduced to 16 overs per side due to the weather. Having lost the toss Wellington were asked to field first. Wellington fielded a strong side and opened the bowling with Naz Akhtar and Jonny Black. With the first 5 overs of the innings being a power play, only 2 fielders were allowed outside the 30 yard markers. But both Naz and Blacky bowled fine spells each of 4 overs and kept the score down, both finishing with figures of 0/16. The only success during the opening spell was a fine direct hit by Matt Dickenson, racing in from cover and underarming onto the stumps with the Shifnal batsman a good two or three feet out of his crease. Openers were replaced by Dicko and Gary Davies. Dicko continuing where he has left off this season by bowling a quick line and length and troubling the batsmen. Dave Ross came on for Gary Davies after 2 overs and bowled exceptionally well at the death and only going for one a ball. With some fine fielding and throwing Wellington were happy keeping Shifnal to 94/1 off their 16 overs. The only disappointment was the 18 wides that Wellington bowled.
Richard ‘Tug’ Benting and Mark ‘Smasher’ O’Connor started Wellington's innings off as they have done this season. Tug fell in the third over though, clean bowled, having had his box re-arranged by the bowler on the previous delivery. It was good to see Smasher hitting a bit of form with the bat with a fine array of shots, especially on the leg side. With Dicko at the wicket with him they started to take the score racing along, both playing some nice attacking shots and taking quick singles, which at one stage was drop and run. Unfortunately both Dicko (29) and Smasher (21) were both out within an over of each other. Ian ‘Smurf’ Murphy then took up the mantle bludgeoning the ball to all parts of the ground. Steve Pitchford and Matt Denver fell cheaply leaving Gary Davies to enter the fray - with Wellington needing 9 runs off 10 balls. In the final over Gary managed to scamper a quick single leaving Smurf to smack the winning boundary off the penultimate ball of the match and finishing with an excellent knock of 26 not out.
Another T20 win for the 3rds following last season’s antics. The win earns us a home tie next Thursday, 23rd May, against Broseley (6.15pm).
Match report by Steve Pitchford