Fifths Start With Convincing Win
By David Ross
New skipper Simon Topper saw his side defeat Wem 3rds thanks to Kumar Singh's four-wicket haul.
Wellington 5th X1 got off to winning ways in the season’s opening game on a gloomy April afternoon.
It was agreed by both Captains that the scheduled 40 over game was to be reduced to 35 overs due to the weather report and the dark looming clouds overhead.
New 5th X1 captain Simon Topper, got off to a good start by winning the first toss of the season and putting the visitors in to bat.
It was Kumar “Nacho” Singh fresh and rested after his trip to India and Jack “Tom Daley” Fishman that opened the bowling for Wellington. Both started incredibly well bowling controlled and tight and not giving the Wem batsman anything to go after.
It was Fishy that drew first blood, dismissing the opener early on with arguably the worst ball of his spell. A straight, half tracker that kept low and deceived the No1 batsman. Nevertheless it was a deserved wicket and just rewards that his bowling and sustained pressure deserved.
It was Fishy again who took his & Wellington’s 2nd wicket of the day after a lovely catch behind at first slip by Chris “In off the belly” Newbold. Despite his name this one was straight in to his hands. Snicked off, great catch and the 2nd deserved wicket for both team and young Fishman. Fishy ended his spell with figures of 6-1-9-2.
Kumar was as strong as ever at the other end and in fairness the scoreboard never really got in excess of 1 an over which demonstrates how tight and controlled the opening pair were in their first spell.
It was Kumar who joined the wicket party next. Evidently wary and driven by Shehan Gunawardena’s return to the side next week so he can try to reclaim the bowling award at the end of season party.
Kumar hit not once, twice but 4 times and cleverly avoided buying the first jug of the season by leaving his wicket hall there. It was a fantastic spell ending on figures of 11-4-12-4.
A special mention to Jack “Tom Daley” Fishman for the one wicket. A wider delivery by Kumar was hit straight down the throat of Fishman at extra cover. It was a great catch in fairness however what happened next was both unnecessary yet comical. The ball was secure in his hands, a triple axel, forward tuck with pike followed as Fishy rolled around the floor. Certainly one for the cameras!!!
Further overs later in the day from Ryan Lloyd, Alex Brasenall and Lewis Gough midway through kept the pressure right on the batting side. All 3 bowled really well, showing some good variation and keeping the score down and Wellington in control.
Lewis was Wellington’s final wicket taker of the day bowling their mid order batsman who top scored for the visitors.
Wem were approximately 81/7 coming in to the 34th over of the day and skipper Simon gave the ball to Matt Earley to tighten things up a little after the Wem Batsman had started hitting out.
Matt, clearly preoccupied by the Liverpool game being played was not at the races. His 1 over going for a staggering 15 runs including a big maximum. Kumar did as he captain wanted in the final over and finished the bowling off tightly as Wem set a target of 104 to win which Wellington would be hopeful of chasing down.
After tea Wellington came out with Chris Newbold (2) & Mike Debenham (30)* opening the batting. The opening pair got off to a good start before Newbold was bowled by a similar delivery to Jack Fishman’s first victim, staying lower than anticipated.
He was replaced by Gareth Gower (16). Gareth played well and put on a good partnership with Mike Debenham. There was plenty of banter on the side lines where most (including his Dad) hadn’t given him much hope. Gareth however shown maturity and got to a very respectable 16 before being caught. He did jib a few throughout however that has been put down to clever placement and picking his fielders! In this innings he also created a shot not witnessed before in a 40 over game. A T20 high scoop that was played 3 times in total where an easy 2 were run of each. Unorthodox? Yes. Effective? Absolutely! In this Gareth (not renowned for his defensive batting) also knocked a couple back which got a cheer from the Wellington lads.
Mike had kept going and was looking in very good knick, doing what needed to be done. Staying there and keeping the scoreboard ticking with some lovely shots and cuts which enabled Wellington to continue to chase down the total set.
Matt “I’ve forgot how to bowl” Earley (39)* replaced Gareth as he and Mike put on a good, strong partnership which ultimately saw Wellington chase down the total & win the game.
Some good shots were played by both, capitalising on some wide of the mark bowling from either end.
Wellington were well ahead of the required run rate and still had plenty of wickets in hand and people more than capable of batting to come in but both Matt & Mike shown resilience and character by staying there until the job was done.
A bit of banter from the vistors wicket keeper between both batsman during this was good fun and shown the spirit that the game had been played in all day.
It was Matt who hit the winning runs, evidently trying to make up for his rather expensive over. Finishing off the chase in 3 balls hitting 2x 4’s and a maximum to finish off and see the home side secure victory.
It was a great display from both batsman who ended the day unbeaten in the 30’s.
Overall a great team display where everybody chipped in and contributed to the result. The batsman finishing off what a predominately young bowling attack had set up.
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