A Day To Forget In Hales
Wellington were unable to build on their winning start to the season after being comprehensively beaten by Hales Cricket Club.
On arrival the sun was shining but there were some dark clouds looming that everyone was hoping to avoid. A brief rain pour and hale storm passed over and the ground cover was removed from the square minutes before the start of play.
Captain Gough lost the toss and unsurprising Hales put the Wellington side in to bat on a track that on inspection before the start appeared very green and unlikely to give any bounce.
Wellington got off to the worst possible start losing a wicket with the very first ball of the day. It was a mixed afternoon for Wellington with the bat and generally one to forget for many. The visitors were bowled out for 77 in only 25 overs, with the last 2 wickets falling just after the drinks interval.
There were however a few positives to take with two very mature performances from the two youngest lads in the Wellington side: Ewan Griffiths & Jack Fishman.
Simon Topper (11) & Captain Steve Gough (9) did steady things for the visitors temporarily with Gough looking in good form before being caught at mid wicket by a fantastic low instinctive catch which seemed to take all by surprise, including all of the home side players.
A draw was never an option so Wellington had to look to bowl the home side out. Kumar Singh got things started and opened the bowling with 4 tremendous overs where he took 2 wickets for 0 runs. Matt Earley opened at the other end and got the new ball swinging and was unlucky not to have got any rewards. A dropped catch and some more near misses made it seem like it wasn't going to be Wellngton's day. The batsman then got going and started swinging, looking to finish things off quickly.
It was a mixture of some good batting shots and poor bowling which ultimately cost Wellington the game. Kumar's 5th and final over of the day produced some clinical boundaries from the Hales batman which resulted in his final over being hit for 22 runs. Further overs from Ewan Griffiths, Shehan Gunawardena and Sam Topper (2 balls) finished the game up and saw Hales romp to victory.
Overall it was a day to forget for Steve Gough's Wellington side. The 5ths will regroup now and look to get back to winning ways when they face Frankton 3rds in a home tie this coming Sunday.
Match report by Matt Earley