Three Runs Short But Many Positives For Wellington
Captain Steve Gough lost the toss and the Coton Hall skipper put his own side in to bat.
Wellington started well with Kumar Singh and Matt Earley opening the bowling. Both bowled one over each before rain temporarily stopped play with Coton Hall 2/0 off 2 overs.
A short break was taken and plenty of tea drank as the dark, rain filled clouds passed before the game got back underway. Earley took the first wicket in the 4th over of the game bowling the opening batsman.
Wellington bowled well and the score was kept down with some good bowling and fielding by all. The home side put a few runs on until Wellington took four quick wickets leaving Coton Hall on 68/6 with Wellington feeling back in control. Young Jack Fishman’s two quick wickets in a fantastic five over spell for only 10 runs was the pick of the mid order bowling. Jack Fishman clearly wanted more headlines too and nearly took a “worldy” throwing himself at a hard hit ball which hit his finger tips and was applauded by all after a great effort.
Kumar Singh finally got some of the luck and rewards his solid bowling had deserved all season and was rewarded with two of the Coton Hall wickets. A good run out by Earley and Howells took one wicket. Ewan Griffiths was clearly inspired and showed some text book technique with a fantastic direct hit from the discs at backwards square leg. Earley and Howells combined again to take an important wicket with Howells chasing a fine skied edge just beating Earley to it.
There were a few dropped chances during the game despite some fantastic fielding.
It was the youth which stood out in the field with young Matty Simmonds and Hannah Young showing the old has-beens how it’s done.
Coton Hall finished up on 152/8 after a final serge in the last 6/7 overs saw them put a very challenging target on the board for Wellington to chase down.
Wellington lost an early wicket with Howells being bowled. James Brothwood (31) came in at number 3 and decided to get the game swinging back in Wellington’s favour. Basha bashed it, with one over being hit for a massive 18 runs. James was bowled shortly after but had put Wellington back in a good position after a good knock.
Wellington lost another wicket with Kev Vaughan (2) being caught. Hannah Young (13) opened the batting for Wellington and showed great technique and controlled batting, showing some great defence and playing some nicely timed ground strokes.
Matt Earley came in at number 5 looking to steady things and keep the score ticking over and get Wellington back in to the game. Earley and Young faced the next three overs without scoring as they looked to steady things without giving away their wickets.
Hannah was dismissed a few overs later after being caught in around the 14th over of the game after a fantastic, mature innings. Matty Simmonds and Jack Fishman (4) followed at number 6 & 7 respectively and both shown some lovely technique and future promise before they were dismissed. Captain Gough was caught trying to pull one so Kumar Singh (12*) came in at nine.
Matt Earley looked in fine form racing to his half century and edging Wellington closer to the 152 target set by the home side before being caught on 56 after a solid innings.
Ewan Griffiths (16) came in next and played some beautiful shots and nearly won it for Wellington on his own before being run out. Last in was the last of the youth, young Alex Brasenall (2). Alex, like the other 4 youth players showed some great future promise with some nice shots and composed batting before he too was run out as Wellington fell three runs short of the 152 runs required.
Overall it was a fantastic chase and team performance. I’m sure on reflection Wellington will feel that they could and should have won. Nevertheless it was a fantastic game of cricket and one that everybody will take positives from. In particular the youth players, 4 of which are under 14 and younger. Collectively they showed some fantastic talent and promise and more than held their own playing adult league cricket.
Wellington will look to get back to winning ways on Sunday 19th May when Lilleshall 3rd XI will be the visiting team.
Match report by Matt Earley