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5th XI - Match centre

Harpers
Wellington
Batting
Matthew Earley 86*, Simon Topper 13*
Kumar Singh 6/27, Matthew Earley 2/21
Bowling
Sat 10 Aug 13:30 - League Start time 13:30

20 points taken from Division Leaders Harpers.

Wellington's Fifth team leave Harpers who top Division 5 with pride, victory and 20 well earned points.

Captain Steve "DOC" Gough won the toss and elected to have a bowl on a spongy wicket.

Kumar Singh opened the bowling for Wellington, supported at the other end by George Topper.
After Kumar was dispatched for 4 off the very first ball many expected the onslaught to come and the game to be taken to Wellington. Kumar however had other ideas. After that first ball Kumar's bowling went for only a further 23 runs in his 13 over spell. A total of 6 crucial wickets taken by him in total, 6 maidens, 3 of which were wicket maiden overs. It really was a phenomenal bowling spell by Kumar.
George Topper bowled very well too. The opening pair gave very little away and didn't allow a very good Harpers side much opportunity to score.
The Harpers batsmen were pleased young George was restricted to 5 overs as they simply couldn't get him away. He ended with figures of 5 overs, 1 maiden for 15 runs without taking any wickets.
At drinks Wellington were in a very commanding position and it looked as though they may reduce Harpers to around 80.
The Harpers tail however wagged and got to 131 before the final wicket fell.
Other wickets were taken by Charles Harrison (6 overs, 1 wicket for 31 runs) Matt Earley (6 overs, 2 wickets for 21 runs)
Lewis Gough also bowled a fantastic 7.3 over spell without anywhere near the reward his bowling deserved. He had the ball turning and bowled quite brilliantly despite only taking 1 wicket.
A special mention to debutant Gareth Gower who caught the ball for the last wicket. The ball was hit high at mid on. Gareth ran all around it and looked to have missed it before a desperate arm was outstretched. The ball dropped perfectly in his right hand to the applaud of his teammates. If Carlsberg did catches.........

After a fantastic bowling display lead by the brilliant Kumar Singh Wellington had a run chase that they would deem not out of their grasp.

Chris Newbold (8) & Andy Howells (2) opened the batting for the visitors, brought back together after a good, successful pairing at Frankton weeks before.
Wellington lost 2 early wickets with Newbold being caught on 8 and Andy edging one behind shortly after.
Charles Harrison (9) came in at 3 and helped to steady things temporarily before he too was caught. Matt Earley (86 n.o)* and Alex Brasenall (7) were in at 4 & 5 respectively.
Wellington had a total of 52 overs to get to 132 to win but it was important that the side dug out and started again without giving away any further wickets.
Earley kept things ticking over steadily and Brasenall shown a very mature side to his game and did exactly what was needed for his side. Alex also played some lovely shots whilst also keeping his wicket for several overs and helping to allow Wellington a foothold back into the game. Alex was bowled and replaced by Simon Topper (13 n.o)*.
The opening bowlers had been temporarily seen off and Harpers began to change things around to try and get Earley out and get in to the visiting tail.
Earley shown determination and a good range of shots as he edged closer towards his half century. A further change of bowling and the first ball was short and smashed square by Earley for 6. This saw him surpass 50. His 5th of the season to date.
There was still a lot left for Topper & Earley to do however to ensure Wellington got over the line. Simon batted well throughout the innings and kept the score ticking over with singles and more importantly keeping his wicket whilst Earley who looked in form took the attack to Harpers.
Earley hit a final boundary with only 1 needed to win which saw Wellington 5th's defeat the league leaders after a fantastic game of cricket which was played in a perfect manor by both sides.

Overall it was a fantastic team effort where every single player contributed and helped shape the result. However two special mentions go to both Matt Earley & Kumar Singh for their individual performances.

Wellington next face a home tie next Saturday against Knockin & Kinnerley where they will hope to build on their solid run of form and stay in the running for possible promotion.

Scorecard

Wellington bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Kumar Singh
13
6
27
6
2.1
George Topper
5
1
15
0
3.0
Charles Harrison
6
0
31
1
5.2
Lewis Gough
7.3
0
31
1
4.1
Matthew Earley
6
0
21
2
3.5

Wellington batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Matthew Earley
Not Out
86
0
0
0
 
Lewis Gough
 
0
0
0
0
 
Michael Nadal
Did Not Bat
 
 
 
 
 
Alex Brasenall
Bowled
7
0
0
0
 
Andy Howells
Caught
2
0
0
0
 
Attar Mehmood
Did Not Bat
 
 
 
 
 
Charles Harrison
Caught
9
0
0
0
 
Chris Newbold
Caught
8
0
0
0
 
Kumar Singh
 
0
0
0
0
 
Simon Topper
Not Out
13
0
0
0
 
Steve Gough
 
0
0
0
0
 
Gareth Gower
 
0
0
0
0
 
George Topper
 
0
0
0
0
 
Extras
7w, 1lb, 1nb
9
Total
for 4 wickets 27.3 overs
134

Team selection

Harpers
  • 1. Player 1
  • 2. Player 10
  • 3. Player 9
  • 4. Player 8
  • 5. Player 7
  • 6. Player 6
  • 7. Player 5
  • 8. Player 4
  • 9. Player 3
  • 10. Player 2
  • 11. Player 11

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