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5th XI - Match centre

Wellington
Reman Services 3rd XI
Sheehan Gunarwardena 31, Simon Topper 23
Batting
Matthew Higgins 46, Stewart Gwilt 18
Brett Hubbard 3/17, Marcus Clayton 3/34
Bowling
Matthew Earley 4/12, Sheehan Gunarwardena 2/13
Sun 21 Apr 13:30 - League Start time 13:30

Wellington's Fifth Team Off To Flying Start

Wellington 5th XI started the new season in the same manner in which they ended the last, when they were crowned as league champions.

Reman Services 3rd string were the visitors and the weather although 90% dry was extremely cold. The pitch however was in great condition and there were clearly runs to be scored as there were just shy of 500 runs scored in the Third team's fixture vs Covedale the day before.

Captain Steve Gough won the toss and elected to have a bowl.

Kumar Singh opened the bowling for Wellington, supported at the other end by Steve Parry. Some very tight, controlled bowling from both stopped the batting team from scoring heavily. Wickets began to fall with Kumar taking the first wicket of the new season clean bowling the opening batsman. Henry Davies came on as first change and took a wicket with only his second ball.

Wellington started to gather momentum, despite a valiant effort from the number 2 batman before being dismissed just shy of his half century (46). Some nice takes behind the stumps by Andy Howells and some great work in the field kept the score down throughout the day.

At the half way point further bowling changes were made, bringing Srinivasan Koottalai and Sheehan Gunarwardena into the attack. The changes appeared to be effective as both took valuable wickets. A great catch from Captain Gough then secured the wicket of a very dangerous batsman which put the home side in a strong position. Matt Earley next took the ball and was immediately rewarded with a wicket after a good catch from Simon Topper. Another wicket by Sheehan and 3 more wickets from Matt in a good 4 over spell bowled the visitors out for 127 in the 35th over of the game.

After a great team effort reducing the visitors to 127 it was important Wellington went out, applied themselves and saw the game through.

Sheehan Gunarwardena and Simon Topper opened the batting for Wellington and got off to a fantastic start with Sheehan playing some lovely shots and knocking a very good 31 before being caught. Simon dug in and kept the score ticking over, doing exactly what was needed and added a very valuable 23 before being given out LBW. Matt Earley chipped in with 12 and James Brothwood's 8 put the side in a good position to knock off the required runs that remained. A very mature batting display from both Henry Davies in at 4 and Lewis Gough in at 6 helped to see the side get within touching distance of victory. A mini collapse after the fall of Lewis' wicket for 11 put a little pressure on the home side but supported by Steve Gough it was Davies who hit the required 2 runs to seal victory for Wellington and left the young man finishing not out on 11.

Overall it was a fantastic team effort where every single player contributed and helped shape the result.

Wellington face a tough away test next Saturday at Hales where they will hope to build on the promising start they have made to the season as a newly promoted side to the division.

Matt Earley

Scorecard

Wellington won the toss and decided to bowl.

Reman Services 3rd XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Stewart Gwilt
b. K Singh
18
0
0
0
 
Matthew Higgins
ct. H Davies, b. K Srinivasan
46
0
0
0
 
Tim Norman
lb. H Davies
1
0
0
0
 
Jack Diasio
lb. K Singh
11
0
0
0
 
Greg Jones
ct. S Topper, b. M Earley
16
0
0
0
 
Pete Lewis-Bullock
b. M Earley
13
0
0
0
 
Brett Hubbard
b. M Earley
0
0
0
0
 
Marcus Clayton
ct. S Gough, b. S Gunarwardena
14
0
0
0
 
Godfrey Richards
Not Out
1
0
0
0
 
William Norman
b. S Gunarwardena
1
0
0
0
 
Ryan Lewis-Bullock
b. M Earley
1
0
0
0
 
Extras
5b
5
Total
for 10 wickets 35 overs
127

Wellington bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Kumar Singh
14
4
28
2
2.0
Steve Parry
5
1
32
0
6.4
Henry Davies
5
1
19
1
3.8
Koottalai Srinivasan
3
0
18
1
6.0
Sheehan Gunarwardena
4
1
13
2
3.3
Matthew Earley
4
1
12
4
3.0

Wellington batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Andy Howells
Did Not Bat
0
0
0
0
 
Henry Davies
Not Out
11
0
0
0
 
Koottalai Srinivasan
Did Not Bat
0
0
0
0
 
Kumar Singh
b. M Clayton
0
0
0
0
 
Sheehan Gunarwardena
ct. P Lewis-Bullock, b. B Hubbard
31
0
0
0
 
Simon Topper
lb. M Higgins
23
0
0
0
 
Steve Gough
Not Out
0
0
0
0
 
Steven Oliver
Did Not Bat
 
 
 
 
 
Matthew Earley
ct. M Higgins, b. B Hubbard
12
0
0
0
 
Steve Parry
b. M Clayton
0
0
0
0
 
James Brothwood
ct. W Norman, b. B Hubbard
8
0
0
0
 
Lewis Gough
b. M Clayton
11
0
0
0
 
Extras
20w, 12lb
32
Total
for 7 wickets 30 overs
128

Reman Services 3rd XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Greg Jones
5
0
19
0
3.8
Marcus Clayton
8
11
34
3
4.3
Brett Hubbard
7
0
17
3
2.4
Matthew Higgins
7
0
37
1
5.3
Jack Diasio
3
0
9
0
3.0

Team selection

Reman Services 3rd XI
  • 1. Stewart Gwilt
  • 2. Matthew Higgins
  • 3. Tim Norman
  • 4. Jack Diasio
  • 5. Greg Jones
  • 6. Pete Lewis-Bullock
  • 7. Brett Hubbard
  • 8. Marcus Clayton
  • 9. Godfrey Richards
  • 10. William Norman
  • 11. Ryan Lewis-Bullock

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