20 points as 5th X1's fine run continues....
Wellington's Fifth team continued a good run of form leaving Lilleshall who prop up Division 5 with victory and 20 points despite having a very young and changed side.
Captain Steve "DOC" Gough won the toss and elected to have a bowl against the Lilleshall side.
Earlier in the season Wellington found it tough against a resolute batting side and ended up with a winning draw. Wellington would look to avenge this by keeping the score low and looking to knock off the runs once a total was set.
It was a very changed side that travelled to Lilleshall with regular, key players missing however a perfect opportunity for some talented youth to step up and embrace a day of competitive adult cricket.
Wellington bowled well throughout the day. Shehan Gunawardena returned to the side and tore through the top order. Shehan ended with figures of 12 overs, 2 maidens, 5 wickets for 37 runs.
George Topper bowled really well too without the reward he deserved with a fantastically tight bowling display of 5 overs, 1 maiden, 0 wickets for 11 runs.
Despite some good bowling Wellington had moments where they were off the boil and that allowed Lilleshall to score more than Wellington would have liked.
In addition to Shehan's 5 wicket hall, Nigel Holl & Lewis Gough took a wicket each and young Matty Simmonds had 4 overs which saw him take the final 2 wickets in a good spell.
Lilleshall ended the day 140/9 after 35 overs.
Wellington came out to bat with Nigel Holl (30) & Mike Debenham (7) opening the batting. It was important Wellington started well and Nigel & Mike got off to a good start. Wickets however began to fall and players chipped in with some runs along the way to help Wellington get closer to the target set by the home side.
James Brothwood (38) had arguably his best game and scored a very respectful and impressive 38 runs. His contribution was massive and helped the away side well on their way to securing victory. It was a very mature display from "Basher" where even the odd defensive shot was played......
A special mention needs to go to debutant wicket keeper Ben Lee who not only kept well behind the stumps but he also chipped in with an invaluable 7 not out in the final partnership of the day with Athar which saw Wellington over the line and secure victory before the heavy rain came down.
Athar despite it being his first real bat of the season ended the day unbeaten on 27 after a very fine display of batting which was just what was needed.
Wellington finished the day 141/7 after 31.2 overs. The final 3 overs being witnessed by a car full of the returning 5th team lads who'd been "relegated" to higher teams that day and all certainly enjoyed the victory and retention of 2nd place in Division 5.
Overall it was a great result which saw some fantastic displays by some good, young, upcoming talent in a changed Wellington 5th side. A lot of maturity was shown especially by some of the younger lads and given the changes it was arguably as good of a victory as the side has had all season. Well done chaps!!
Wellington next face a home tie next Saturday against league leaders Harpers who are running away at the top of Division 5. A tough game which sees first host second place in the table.