20 Points in 20 Degree Heat
Wellington 5ths got back to winning ways after securing victory against a visiting Frankton 3rd XI.
Captain Steve Gough won the toss and put the visitors in to bat.
The sun was shining as Frankton came out to bat. Kumar Singh opened the bowling in his usual fashion, putting a lot of pressure on the batsmen with some very tight controlled bowling. Steve Parry opened at the other end and took 1 wicket in his 7 over spell, bowling the opening batsman with a lovely slower ball.
Matt Earley came on as first change and took 2 wickets in his 9 over spell as well as 2 run outs, assisted by some good keeping work from Andy Howells.
Wellington bowled and fielded well and had a few chances throughout but struggled to collect as many wickets as they would have liked or arguably deserved.
The home side did well to keep Frankton's total below 150. More wickets could have been taken, especially when Captain Gough ran all around the ball at cover before pulling up in theatrical fashion...Sniper? Nobody knew, but the chance came and went.
Umair Nawaz and Chris Newbold came on to finish off the overs with some good, solid bowling, each taking 1 wicket which left the away side finishing up on 143/7.
Simon Topper (13) and Jack Sherry (7) opened the batting for Wellington as the home side looked to chase down the target set. Jack Sherry was caught at silly mid on fairly early on in the innings and was replaced by Corey Kernick. Simon Topper was given out LBW a few overs later after he looked to be in good form. Chris Newbold came in next with Wellington needing around 100 to win off the 34 overs that remained.
Corey scored a nice looking 19 fairly quickly before being bowled by the opening bowler. Matt Earley (18) was next in at the crease and he and Newbold looked to knock the runs down steadily before Matt tried to pull a full toss at shoulder height and was caught at backwards square leg. Everybody seemed a bit bemused as to why a no ball wasn't called but the decision stood.
Umair Nawaz (21) went in next and played some nice shots as Wellington edged closer to victory. Newbold was fast approaching 50 and got even closer with a massive 6 straight over the bowler's head that left him within touching distance. A bit of quality ball counting ensured he retained strike and his 50 came only a few balls later with a lovely boundary which was rightfully applauded by all. Umair hit the final 2 required to seal victory for Wellington after only 27 overs finishing not out on 21, with Chris Newbold finishing not out on 51.
Overall it was a well worked and well deserved victory that got Wellington back to winning ways. Wellington now face an away tie at Coton Hall on Saturday where they will look to build on their good start to the new campaign.
Match report by Matt Earley