Fifths remain in 2nd spot after a good victory.
Wellington 5th's saw off a visiting Coton Hall side at Orleton Park to remain in 2nd place in Shropshire Division 5.
After heavy rain fall throughout Saturday evening and all night/morning there was doubt over whether the game would take place. However the sun was out Sunday morning and the game went ahead without any stoppages.
Stand in captain, Simon "Richard" Topper lost the toss. Coton Hall opted to bat so Wellington had a quick warm up and came out to bowl.
The usual pairing of Kumar Singh & Shehan Gunawaredna opened the bowling. Both bowled really well. Kumar just didn't get the luck his bowling deserved. Simon "Richard" Topper changed the field around as the opening pair found big edges on the off side. Wellington didn't seem to get any luck as whenever the field moved the ball went in another direction.
Shehan strook first with an LBW that hit the openers back foot straight in line with his stumps.
Coton Hall dug in and got to 57/1 before Wellington's attack sprung to life and got some rewards for their consistant bowling. Martin Fears got things going for Wellington coming on as 1st bowling change. Martin ended with figures of 7-2-15-4. Some good, solid, straight bowling restricted the away side to many runs and saw Martin take 4 wickets in fairly quick fashion which put Wellintgton in the driving seat. Lewis Gough was next on replacing Kumar Singh who's figures simply do not do his day's bowling any justice. Lewis bowled really well and ended the day with fine figures of 9-3-14-4. Gough also took a great caught & bowled low down diving just before the ball grounded. The ball of the day by Gough was Warne esq. Pitching outside of leg and turning round the bemused batsmans legs and striking his middle stump.
Athar Mahmood back in after his 5 wicket hall the previous week also had a 5 over spell but without success.
The last wicket fell in the 36th over. Athar bowled a decent length and the ball was hit to Umair Nawaz at mid-wicket. Umair collected the ball and between him and Andy Howells the last wicket was taken. Coton Hall were all out for 96 after being in control early on at 57/1.
After tea Wellington went out to try and knock off the runs they had restricted the visitors to.
Chris Newbold (27) & Matt Earley (0) opened the batting. Newbold knicked one in the first over which beat slip and raced for 4. Earley watched several wides swing past him in only the second over of the game. He saw a straight one off and was then caught off the next ball chasing one just wide off his off stump. He connected well (maybe too well) and was caught on the boundary at deep point.
Corey Kernick (6) & Simon Topper (4) came in at 3 & 4 respectively as Wellington had a mini collapse. Corey played a lovely cut for 4 and ran 2 before being bowled. Simon too was bowled trying to work a straight one away. Despite Matt, Corey & Simon trying to invite Coton back in to the game in a sporting manor Umair Nawaz (15)* & finally Shehan Gunawardena (25)* had other ideas.
Newbold fell for 27 after playing some good shots, including a big 6. He too was bowled trying to go big.
Umair & Shehan did exactly what was required. Both batted in a mature fashion and finished the day unbeaten which saw Wellington end the day victorious after a good day of cricket.
Wellington next face an away trip to Lilleshall on Saturday 3rd August. They will hope to continue their fine run of form especially after a frustrating winning draw in the home side against Lilleshalll earlier in the year.