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Ellesmere CC - 1st XI
Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI
Sat 13 Jun 13:30 - Shropshire County Cricket League - Division Two Drawn

It's Always Sunny In Ellesmere

The 3rd team managed to beat the weather but found Ellesmere too tough on their unexpected trip to north Shropshire.

Given the biblical conditions that swept into the county on Friday evening, Wellington’s players were perhaps forgiven for arranging alternative plans for their Saturday afternoons whilst repeatedly checking their phones for confirmation of the abandoned game.

However to everyone’s complete surprise, the news from Ellesmere suggested that the town had escaped the conditions entirely and that the game would be able to go ahead. In fact, as Ross and Murphy's tour down the High Street testified, the good weather had actually attracted a couple of Stag Parties to the area. (Surely if your stag is in Ellesmere, you've picked the wrong best man?!).

All this caught former skipper Duncan Taylor off guard as he sought out the Alka-Seltzer in Superdrug. It comes to something when the oldest member of the side is the one who mis-plays his “raincard.”

By the time Duncs arrived the game was underway and Ellesmere had mustered just one run from a total of eight overs. Ben Keeble and Jack Fishman had got the side off to a fine start in a match reduced to 35 overs per side by the two captains.

The home side’s openers were up against it during a concerted spell of pressure from both ends. However their struggles were nothing compared to Pat Howells’, who, playing his first game of the season, and having wintered well, found fitting himself into last year’s whites a real challenge. The luck: so MoneySuperMarket.

Once Duncan had settled himself in at first slip, his side’s early pressure evaporated. A flurry of boundaries catapulted Ellesmere’s score past fifty, undoing much of Wellington’s early good work.

Pitchy’s headaches were mounting - and it got worse when one of his five bowlers went down injured. Jonny Black could only muster one over and left the skipper needing to find three overs from either Duncs or Smurph.

Thankfully Ryan Barnett was on hand to produce a much-needed breakthrough in his first over. Meanwhile, Ben Keeble - who is prepping himself for his impending move to London with his new Made In Chelsea hair-do - got two in two as Wellington threatened to claw their way back into the contest.

Alas, the flurry of wickets did little to check the progress of Ellesmere’s batsmen, who continued to find the short boundary with regularity, whilst also hitting cleanly over-the-top.

Some light relief came courtesy of a catch on the boundary from Pat, who finally split his kegs collecting Wellington’s fourth wicket. As far as his team-mates were concerned, the biggest surprise was that they had lasted so long. And the carnival atmosphere spilled into the next over when part-time tweaker Duncan bamboozled the batsman with his first delivery to send the team into raptures.

Ellesmere regrouped and continued to go well; late wickets from Keebs, who finished with three, and Ross, who got four, did little to dent the scoring. Their score of 190 for 9 off 35 overs certainly would take some chasing.

Wellington lost Duncs early-on for two, but his partner Ryan Barnett did not look fazed by the job of opening the innings. He showed great discipline on his way to 47 and deserved a half century for his efforts as he gave his side a solid base to the innings.

Number three Pat Howells, on the other hand, certainly looked rattled when a short ball reared up and lodged between his helmet and grill, cutting his eyelid. Patched up with a single plaster on his brow, Wellington’s answer to Nelly returned to the crease and - surprisingly - the ridicule of some of the Ellesmere fielders. He did not have to suffer long, however, as he fell shortly after for six.

Hit a cricket ball into my head today. #welldonemate A photo posted by Patrick Howells (@patjisung26) on Jun 13, 2015 at 11:33am PDT


Wellington remained well behind the rate and victory soon existed only as an outside shot. Unfortunately the Ellesmere bowling was much more disciplined than their own had been - and the visitors were unable to find the boundaries needed to sustain the chase. It soon became a matter of how near the lads could get and how many points they could salvage from the draw.

Pat’s demise brought Matty Simmonds to the crease and he really impressed in a knock of 56 not out. He established impressive partnerships with Barney and later Matty Pitchford (15*) as Wellington’s youngsters shone in the final 15 overs, frustrating the Ellesmere bowlers in their quest for further wickets and outright victory.

Just as the rain moved in the game drew to a tame conclusion. Wellington were able to claim 9 points from the draw and thereby closed the gap on the sides above them in the table. All other games in the division fell victim to the rain.

Up next Saturday, bottom side Much Wenlock.

Scorecard

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

Ellesmere CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Jonathan Mitchell
b. R Barnett
26
4
1
 
Jack Cockayne
lb. B Keeble
21
2
 
Lee Davis
ct. P Howells, b. D Ross
11
2
 
Tom Davies
b. B Keeble
0
1
0.0
Graeme Cowey
b. D Taylor
35
5
1
 
Ashley Thomas
b. D Ross
29
2
1
 
Laurence Ashley
b. D Ross
19
5
 
Jamie Birch
b. D Ross
17
1
1
 
Fraser Duncan
b. B Keeble
7
 
Matthew Lewis
Not Out
3
 
George Duncan
Not Out
2
 
Extras
5w, 7b, 8nb
20
Total
for 9 wickets 35 overs
190

Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Ben Keeble
12
4
41
3
3.4
Jack Fishman
6
2
24
0
4.0
Jonny Black
1
0
8
0
8.0
Ryan Barnett
5
0
41
1
8.2
David Ross
8
0
48
4
6.0
Duncan Taylor
3
0
21
1
7.0

Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Duncan Taylor
b. A Thomas
2
 
Ryan Barnett
ct. J Birch, b. F Duncan
47
6
1
 
Patrick Howells
ct. J Mitchell, b. A Thomas
6
1
 
Matty Simmonds
Not Out
56
4
 
Ian Murphy
ct. J Birch, b. F Duncan
0
1
0.0
Matthew Pitchford
Not Out
15
2
 
Steve Pitchford
 
 
Jack Fishman
 
 
Ben Keeble
 
 
Jonny Black
 
 
David Ross
 
 
Extras
3w, 1b, 1lb, 2nb
7
Total
for 4 wickets 35 overs
133

Ellesmere CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Ashley Thomas
11
3
32
2
2.9
George Duncan
6
2
18
0
3.0
Fraser Duncan
7
3
20
2
2.9
Laurence Ashley
7
2
19
0
2.7
Matthew Lewis
2
0
24
0
12.0
Graeme Cowey
2
0
18
0
9.0

Team selection

League round up

Other Division Two results

Church Stretton CC - 1st XI
C
C
Montgomery CC - 1st XI
C
C
Cae Glas CC - 1st XI
Bishops Castle CC - 1st XI
C
C
Prees CC - 1st XI
Much Wenlock CC - 1st XI
C
C
Condover CC - 1st XI
Willey CC - 1st XI
C
C
Welshpool CC - 1st XI

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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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