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Church Stretton CC - 1st XI
Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI
Sat 8 Aug 13:30 - Shropshire County Cricket League - Division Two

Gough Keeps Wellington On The Stretton Narrow

Wellington 3rds bounced back from consecutive defeats with a hard-fought victory at Church Stretton.

Having been humbled by heavy reversals at Cae Glas and at home to Shrewsbury, Wellington had a point to prove as they travelled to south Shropshire on Saturday afternoon.

Stand-in skipper Dave Ross played the role of Georg Von Trapp in this one, leading out a Wellington side that included seven fresh-faced youngsters.

It was a much-changed line-up, with six of the top eight against Shrewsbury either promoted or unavailable. Nevertheless the away side showed more composure and match awareness than in their previous outing, chasing down a total of 156 with three wickets and 11 balls to spare.

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In the first innings, Wellington's young side had found themselves staring down the barrel of a third defeat in a row as Stetton advanced to 128 for 2, despite a wicket each from the impressive George Topper and Ryan Lloyd.

Stretton's Rob Whittall (82) and Peter Lee (25) put on a large stand and seemed well-placed to steer their team past 200. However when Lewis Gough intervened to remove both players shortly after drinks - the former to a fantastic caught and bowled - the Stretton batting line-up dissolved.

The leg-spinner ran through the order claiming 6 for 42 as the last eight wickets fell for just 38 runs in a turnaround reminiscent of the recent game at a Welshpool.

In unlikely circumstances, Wellington were therefore set a very gettable target of 157 for victory - but, with much of their regular batting missing, this was by no means a formality.

Openers Duncan Taylor (20) and Sam Topper (35) gave their side exactly the start they required before they were dismissed either side of drinks.

Débutante Luke Goring (15), Matt Earley (15) and Rachael Howells (12) advanced the scoreboard nicely, with the two youngsters sharing a mature fourth-wicket stand which set the game up for Wellington with ten overs left - 47 needed.

Wellington found their heroes in Ian Murphy (23*) and Ryan Lloyd (23) whose partnership managed to find the boundary with enough regularity to heap the pressure back on to the home side.

Despite a couple of late wickets, Smurph managed to squeeze the first ball of the 45th over to point and secure a much-needed and hard-earned 20 points for Wellington.

The 3rd team remain firmly in the promotion picture with six games to play after favourable results at the weekend. All to play for when a crimson-faced Pitchy puts down his pina colada and returns to lead the side against Montgomery.

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Scorecard

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

Church Stretton CC - 1st XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Rob Whittall
ct. L Gough, b. L Gough
82
 
Unsure
b. G Topper
2
 
Saif Khalid
ct. L Goring, b. R Lloyd
10
 
Peter Lee
ct. R Lloyd, b. L Gough
25
 
John Roberts
ct. G Topper, b. L Gough
0
 
Martin Nichols
ct. L Gough, b. L Gough
0
 
Gabriel "Diddy" Williams
ct. D Taylor, b. D Ross
2
 
Unsure
ro. S Topper
0
 
Tomas Quraishi
ct. L Goring, b. L Gough
5
 
James Parry
ct. S Topper, b. L Gough
5
 
Ben Wintle
Not Out
0
 
Extras
10w, 7b, 8lb
25
Total
for 10 wickets 43.1 overs
156

Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Jack Fishman
4
0
26
0
6.5
George Topper
6
2
14
1
2.3
Sam Topper
5
1
16
0
3.2
Ryan Lloyd
4
0
13
1
3.3
David Ross
13
4
30
1
2.3
Lewis Gough
11.1
1
42
6
3.8

Wellington CC, Shropshire - 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Duncan Taylor
lb. P Lee
20
 
Sam Topper
ct. Unsure, b. S Khalid
35
 
Luke Goring
ct. Unsure, b. M Nichols
15
 
Matthew Earley
b. P Lee
15
 
Rachael Howells
ct. Unsure, b. G Williams
12
 
Ian Murphy
Not Out
23
 
Ryan Lloyd
b. P Lee
23
 
Jack Fishman
ct. Unsure, b. P Lee
2
 
Lewis Gough
Not Out
0
 
George Topper
 
 
David Ross
 
 
Extras
7w, 3lb, 2nb
12
Total
for 7 wickets 44.1 overs
157

Church Stretton CC - 1st XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Saif Khalid
15
4
43
1
2.9
Tomas Quraishi
4
0
20
0
5.0
Peter Lee
13
2
42
4
3.2
Gabriel "Diddy" Williams
6.1
2
21
1
3.5
Martin Nichols
6
0
28
1
4.7

Team selection

League round up

Other Division Two results

Montgomery CC - 1st XI
179/8
137/8
Condover CC - 1st XI
Bishops Castle CC - 1st XI
81/3
77
Willey CC - 1st XI
Ellesmere CC - 1st XI
181/1
180/8
Much Wenlock CC - 1st XI
93
164/7
Prees CC - 1st XI
Cae Glas CC - 1st XI
135/6
137/3
Welshpool CC - 1st XI

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# 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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