The 5ths Romp To Victory In Sweltering Heat as Kernick Hits Maiden Ton!!!
By Matthew Earley
Wellington continued their great run of form with another 24 points against lowly Reman Services.
Returning skipper Steve ‘Iron-Man’ Gough , who played through the pain barrier after he ‘apparently’ bruised his chest whilst lifting something heavy in the morning, won the toss and elected to bat on a belter of a track.
Chris Newbold & Matt Earley opened and were off to a flyer. After 4 overs, the pair had put on 32 without loss.
Earley soon fell after though for an entertaining knock of 25. Newbold continued to build the innings however and later fell for 66. Umair Nawaz played a good knock towards the back end of the innings and made a swift 51 not out.
However, the star of the innings was undoubtedly Corey Kernick. Having come to the crease with the score 48-2, from the offset he immediately started to take the attack to the Reman bowlers with a wonderful array of shots. Kernick went on to hit 107 not out out of a massive 267 for 3 declared off 38 overs!!
The declaration gave Wellington 42 overs to try to bowl Reman out, which wouldn’t be easy in sweltering heat and a great batting track.
Things started very well for Wellington as Matt Earley ran out the opening batsman on the very first ball with an excellent bit of fielding.
Wellington knew that had to be patient and although 2 of the Reman batsmen got their eye in and hit some big shots, they could never really get a good partnership going to ever really threat the Wellington total. When Steve Parry (2-31) removed both ‘big hitters’, both sides realistically knew that the game was up & Reman were eventually skittled out for 143 inside 29 overs.
Umair Nawaz was arguably the pick of the bowlers and took 3-17, though his figures could’ve been better if Gough & Newbold had held on to slip catches. Gough decided to let the ball hit his left breast rather than catching it, while Newbold had his mind on protecting his ‘crown jewells’ rather than catching it… Both were dolly’s !!!!
The other wicket takers were Kumar Singh (1-20), Matt Earley (1-30) and Kev Vaughan (2-17).
The win leaves Wellington now in 4th place, 20 points above 5th place and 19 points behind 2nd placed Whittington.
Next up is a crucial match against 3rd placed Hales CC which will be played at Wellingtton this coming Sunday.
All in all a cracking win in lovely weather, but the day certainly belonged to young Corey!!