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3rd XI - Match centre

Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI
Cae Glas CC - 1st XI
Sat 9 May 13:30 - Shropshire County Cricket League - Division Two

Miserly Wellington See Off Cae Glas

The 3rd XI climbed to third in Shropshire League Division Two after a comfortable home victory against Cae Glas.

After last weekend’s abandonment, Steve Pitchford’s side have now won both league games they have played this season.

The Wellington skipper won the toss and enjoyed first use of a green wicket - and his openers did not let him down. Jack Fishman was the star of the home attack, conceding just four runs in his permitted first spell of seven overs. At the other end, Ben Keeble was similarly effective, toiling away for 10 overs and shipping just nine runs.

Though neither of the Cae Glas openers were dismissed during this early onslaught, they were starved of runs to such an extent that their innings was effectively killed off at the roots. After 15 overs, the score was just 13 for 0 and David Ross was introduced to the attack. Having watched the openers toil away beautifully for no credit, he cheaply removed the first batsman of the day with a long-hop that ballooned off the handle to Tugboat at first slip. Fishy bit his tongue.

Miles behind on the scoreboard, the Glas batsmen were forced to try and find momentum from somewhere before long. Yet this was not the pitch to be forcing the issue on. Four quick wickets fell around the drinks break, two for Ross and two for the returning Ben Pilkington.

It could have been more but for Captain Pitchford shelling another chance at mid-off - his second in 48 hours. Unlike his effort against Shifnal, this one didn’t hit him in the beak, and the onlooking crowd was thankfully spared his Pepe-style theatrics.

Having said that, if ever a game could have benefited from a moment of slapstick, this was it. Entertainment was in short supply as the scoreboard ticked over at barely two runs an over for the remainder of the innings. The first boundary of the day did not come until the 36th over.

Perhaps a little bored himself, Pitchy acquiesced to opposing skipper Keith Yapp’s request for a runner because he was recovering from a chest infection! Very sporting from our man - however it was noted that Rich Benting’s reciprocal appeal in the second innings, on account of him being generally unfit, was not granted by the visiting side.

Yapp picked up 10 runs before he fell to Lewis Gough, who was brought into the attack and claimed that and one other victim. Fishy returned and picked up the two wickets that his opening spell had surely warranted. No such joy for Keeble at the other end, however. He came back and closed out a spell of 12 overs for 11 runs, but no wickets.

As the players took their tea, Cae Glas had posted 102-9 from their 45 overs, including 31 extras. Wellington’s bowlers quite rightly helped themselves to an extra slice of cake in full expectation that their batters would make light work of the total.

Benting and Simmo opened up for the home side and made steady progress on what they were discovering to be a very slow pitch. Young Matt was the first to fall, misjudging the pace and slicing one to cover, before Tug skied one to long-on after a quick 27.

After the fall of Matty Pitchford, Corey Kernick (30) and Old Man Pitchy (16*) came to the crease under pressure at 55-3, but they were able to take advantage of loose deliveries on a regular basis and soon the required runs were ticking down below thirty.

Corey’s demise after playing on brought Ian Murphy (15*) to the crease who finished the job with the skipper for a comfortable six-wicket win. Needing just five for victory, Smurph clinched the points with a six down to long-on in the 27th over.

Another great performance for the 3rds who have shown a lot of early season promise in both league and cup. Next up is a trip to SCAT to face Shrewsbury’s third lot next Saturday.

Scorecard

Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI won the toss and decided to bowl.

Cae Glas CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Andy Griffiths
ct. R Benting, b. D Ross
6
 
Stuart Eyres
lb. D Ross
7
 
Graham Ellis
ct. B Pilkington, b. B Pilkington
10
 
Barry Richards
ct. J Fishman, b. D Ross
0
 
Ian Holgate
ct. J Fishman, b. L Gough
11
1
 
Aidan Martyn
b. B Pilkington
0
 
Keith Yapp
b. L Gough
10
 
Tim Turner
b. J Fishman
16
1
 
Matthew Coulson
ct. S Pitchford, b. J Fishman
3
 
Shaun Southern
Not Out
7
1
 
Robin Edwards
Not Out
1
 
Extras
11w, 17b, 3lb
31
Total
for 9 wickets 45 overs
102

Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Ben Keeble
12
6
11
0
0.9
Jack Fishman
9
6
10
2
1.1
David Ross
13
2
27
3
2.1
Ben Pilkington
6
0
14
2
2.3
Lewis Gough
5
0
20
2
4.0

Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Richard Benting
ct. B Richards, b. T Turner
27
2
1
 
Matty Simmonds
ct. M Coulson, b. T Turner
8
 
Corey Kernick
b. T Turner
30
5
1
 
Matthew Pitchford
b. T Turner
1
 
Steve Pitchford
Not Out
16
 
Ian Murphy
Not Out
15
2
1
 
Lewis Gough
 
 
Jack Fishman
 
 
Ben Keeble
 
 
Ben Pilkington
 
 
David Ross
 
 
Extras
1w, 6lb, 2nb
9
Total
for 4 wickets 26.5 overs
106

Cae Glas CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Matthew Coulson
5
1
23
0
4.6
Robin Edwards
5
2
11
0
2.2
Tim Turner
8
3
28
4
3.5
Barry Richards
5
0
21
0
4.2
Shaun Southern
3.5
0
17
0
5.7

Team selection

League round up

Other Division Two results

Welshpool CC - 1st XI
81
82/8
Prees CC - 1st XI
Ellesmere CC - 1st XI
145
112/7
Bishops Castle CC - 1st XI
Much Wenlock CC - 1st XI
93
174
Montgomery CC - 1st XI
Willey CC - 1st XI
158/7
157/5
Church Stretton CC - 1st XI
Condover CC - 1st XI
186/8
124/9

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League table

# Team Pts
1. Condover CC - 1st XI 397
2. Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI 331
3. Willey CC - 1st XI 296
4. Welshpool CC - 1st XI 291
5. Ellesmere CC - 1st XI 287
6. Montgomery CC - 1st XI 271
7. Cae Glas CC - 1st XI 241

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