24 points as 5th's move up to 2nd.
Wellington 5th's produced yet another brilliant victory which saw them take a maximum 24 points and sees them in 2nd position, 6 points ahead of 3rd place.
New captain for the day Simon Topper won the toss and elected to bat. Andy Howells thought he'd heard wrong when asked to open but both Andy Howells (36) & Chris Newbold (77) opened really well. Extras top scored for sometime until the pair got going but both did very well to produce a good base for Wellington to build on. Howeller was caught on 36 and replaced by Matt Earley (67n.o). Matt & Newbold put on a few runs together, this saw Newbold reach his 3rd half century of the season. During this time Newbold was asked "do you want the sight screen moving". Him and Earley laughed. " you can move it to the next field mate it makes no odds to me". Doesn't matter where the screen is, see ball hit ball they both said.
Chris pushed on and got to 77 before being caught just inside the boundary. Matt finally hit a single after 6 scoring boundaries. Some massive straight 6's got the scoring motoring as Wellington looked set to pose a total of 250. Wellington ended up 7 down, losing wickets as everybody looked to keep the scoring moving. Matt Earley finished the innings with a fantastic unbeaten knock of 67 which brought his seasons 50's total to 4. Lewis Gough also finished 4 not out with a lovely boundary off the last ball.
Wellington finished the 45 overs on 261/7.
Kumar and Umair opened the bowling . Kumar caught Howeller by surprise with the 1st ball as it came through sharply. He got his reward early on with a leading edge which Newbold obligingly caught at 1st slip. (We won't dwell too much on the one he put down off his belly several overs later). Kumar ended with figures of 9overs, 2 wickets for 31.
Athar Mahmood returned to the side after months away and what a return it was... He ended the day with figures of 10 overs, 5 wickets for 37. A fantastic spell of bowling. Simon was going to change it round several times but Athar wouldn't stop taking wickets which gave him another over. Some beautiful balls (and some rubbish) took wickets. The worst ball of the day saw a half tracker smashed out the middle of the bat, straight to Lewis Gough at Silly mid off which he held to the surprise and delight of all. Fantastic catch.
It looked like it was going to end as a winning draw for Wellington as they couldn't take the wicket of Elwyn Jones (77n.o). They tried everything.
George Topper, Umair Nawaz, Lewis Gough and Martin Fears all bowled and bowled well without reward. Wellington were trying to attack the other batsman to get the game won.
Finally it was Matt Earley who took a wicket leaving 1 final wicket in 3 overs of play. Matt ended with figures of 2 overs, 1 wicket for 1. Matt had the ball & the last batsman was on strike, he creamed one to Simon Topper at cover, they ran. Simon fielded really well and threw the ball to Earley who was stood by the stumps. Earley caught and threw the ball, with a side view of the stumps only. Bails off, game won with 1.3 overs remaining!!
A fantastic team display which Wellington kept plugging away at until they got the rewards all 11 deserved.
A special mention to young Ollie Davies who filled in at extremely short notice. He fielded well and was a great help which all the lads appreciated.
Wellington now in 2nd place next face a home tie against Cotton Hall where they will look to continue their fine run of form.