On The Wrox
Wellington 4ths were once again made to pay for their batting fragility against Wroxeter 2nds.
The ‘Corduroy Army’ had made the short trip to Orleton Park in perfect cricketing conditions – bright sunlight and only a light breeze. However, for the home side this would be a day to forget.
Derick lost the toss (again) and Wellington’s misfiring batting line-up was offered first use of a worn pitch. He opened with Daniel Candlish, who has joined Wellington after relocating to the area from his native North East. When he crashed an early boundary through extra cover, it seemed that he might have a debut to remember - but unfortunately he picked out cover perfectly in the following over, ending his promising innings prematurely.
Wroxeter’s miserly bowlers performed well, serving up very few four-balls for their opponents. That said, Jonny Green (25), Alan Denver (20) and Bruce Harris (21) all got starts on a tricky pitch; but, their wickets would fall at crucial times in an innings that failed to gain any momentum. Unlike in previous weeks, the tail failed to wag after a middle-order collapse; the last four wickets contributed just 7 runs. Wellington’s total of 110 was well under-par; and could have been even more modest had the visitors not shelled a series of catches during the afternoon.
Each game has two innings, of course. So Wellington took to the field at least hoping to salvage some pride (and points) by emulating the spirited bowling and fielding performance of the previous week’s encounter with St Georges.
Mike Nadal opened the bowling. After his recent trip to Amsterdam, the 30-year-old paceman has developed a reputation as something of a Russell Brand character around the cricket club. With rumours circulating widely of his depraved antics in the Dutch capital, it was no surprise that the Selection Committee opted to leave him out of this crucial fixture. However, a late cry-off saw him reinstated to the side and he was rewarded with the new ball. He bowled tightly, reeling off a series of maidens, and grabbed the wicket of opener Davies. It would be his side’s only victim.
Naz bowled lucklessly from the opposite end, beating the bat on several occasions. This was not to be his, or Wellington’s, day. Some suspect catching denied the team further wickets as Eley (54) and Pateman (41) eased Wroxeter to their required total in just 31 overs.
Up next week, a trip to Worfield, with the 4ths still searching for that elusive first win of the campaign.
Match report by David Ross