Newbold and Singh Star In Dazzling Win
Chris Newbold hit 111 as the Fifths posted 204 against Reman Services to secure a commanding victory.
Captain Simon Topper arrived in Shrewsbury with his traveling 5th X1 as they looked to make it 4/4 victories in Division 4A.
As with the last 3 Topper's tails never fails approach worked again as he won the toss and elected to bat.
It was 22 degrees plus and a day that you certainly didn't want to be out in the field all day chasing balls. It was a sit down, glasses on, beer in hand and sun cream on kind of day but cricket was the event.
Chris Newbold (111) & Ben Harrison (6) got things going for the visitors on a beautiful track. Newby opened well and got scoring almost immediately punishing the opening bowling. Ben Harrison looked in good knick again at the other end, with one great shot for 4. Sadly he fell victim to one of many horrific umpiring decisions of the day and was sent back to the showers. Simon Topper (6) was in at 3 and unfortunately Simon fell to another debatable decision from the young left arm bowler coming over the wicket. Matt Earley (31)replaced a bemused Simon and the pair put on a very good partnership of in excess of 50. In this spell Chris deservedly got to this first half century of the season which was applauded by all in a very good knock. Some great play and mature batting by both self confessed aggressors. Drinks came at 15 overs due to the heat and both were there to see the first interval come. A bowling change and some more classy shots before Matt was triggered. Fortunately the decisions didn't have chance to ruin the game so it was pads out of the way (despite where they were) & heads down to those that came in. Gareth Gower was in at 5 and he batted in a very mature and somewhat out of character way. He shown respect and maturity batting out numerous overs and not being too aggressive. A well worked and deserved 5 being scored before he fell. Shehan had a brief spell next trying to support a 3 stone lighter Newbold at this point. Shehan was unlucky and fell early on after chopping on to his own stumps in an unfortunate dismissal. Kumar Singh (20) in nosebleed territory at 7 came to support Newby who was still there and going strong. A slight quiet scoring spell from Newby on around 70. Then came a no ball which was destroyed for 6. He got going again after this and raced to 88. Kumar in at 7 shown that last week was no fluke and he batted very well throughout his innings. I may add that his good batting is to the annoyance of Captain Topper as he is now receiving daily and hourly texts from the opening bowler requesting that he bats up the order, frequently reminded about his name on the batting averages board at the club). Simon's fortunately standing firm and 7 is the limits!
The crowd gathered in the baking sunshine at Reman in anticipation as Newbold edged in to the 90's... Only one chance of note being dropped behind on 98. 99n.o and a full ball drove straight, misfielded and Newbold ran to the non strikers end to celebrate a phenomenal innings and a maiden century. It was a camp celebration by Chris it must be said but at this point he was about average size and weight after his 40 over knock. A fantastic innings and one which certainly enabled Wellington to post a very defendable target.
Kumar sadly fell to another bemusing decision, given out lbw after the ball came off the middle of his bat before edging on to his pad. Still with some of the decisions hard to take the day was Chris' and one which himself and his team mates will remember for some time.
Evidently shattered and unsurprisingly so Chris hit out after his ton and put on a further 11 before being caught meters in from the boundary rope. Wellington were bowled out for a big 204 in the 43rd over of the day which gave Reman a further over to bat and try to chase down the total set.
Reman came out to bat after what must be added as the best tea of the season to date. Newbold must have been dehydrated and feeling every ball of his innings because he didn't even eat. Yes you read that right!
After stealing the show he came in at 1st slip as Kumar let rip at the other end. A great first ball which was followed up by a better second. Bails off and advantage Wellington. It must be said that Kumar's spell was deadly. His spell consisted of 8 overs, 4 maidens, 6 wickets for a mere 14 runs. He was simply unplayable. Kumar hit again very early on before debutant Jason Whitley joined the party. He started extremely well also and owes temporary wicket keeper and skipper Topper a beer after a fantastic diving catch which was gathered right out of Newby's mid-region at 1st slip. The opening bolwers simply gave nothing away and Wellington & Kumar took further wickets. The team gathered as Kumar was on 4. The chat changed as Kumar usually gives up at this point to avoid buying the beers. A few friendly threats ensured he didn't ease up. After his 5th wicket he asked if he could credit Shehan but the response was a firm NO! Beers all-round at the club later courtesy of Newbs & Kumar but there was still a game to win.
A brief over by Ewan Griffiths however he took himself off after a slight injury.
George Topper & Alex Brasenall came on and both bowled well. Making things happen and trying to get the remaining wickets needed to win the game. Alex bowled well. 4 overs and 2 maidens without a wicket. George did get some success in his spell with an lbw for the Reman opener who batted well and had stayed there for some time. A further wicket bowling the number 9 batsman left Wellington needing one final wicket. A good spell by George deservedly claiming two key wickets. The number 10 & 11 batsman for Reman put on a few runs getting 18 & 19 respectively as Wellington were made to work for the victory.
Shehan came on to bowl after a brief but good over tossed up by Ben Harrison. Jason was tired not doing much and Topper made a captains decision and called him in to the slips. A big edge behind in Shehan's 1st and only over saw the ball thunder towards Jase who held on to it to the surprise of him and everyone around. It was a great catch and a fitting way to end the day.
Wellington bowled Reman out for 59 in the 26th over of the day.
Overall it was a fantastic day of cricket with the bat and in the field.
Again, a special mention to Chris Newbold & Kumar Singh for their individual contributions to the game.
Wellington remain top of the table and will hope to continue the winning streak as Whitchurch 3rd X1 visit Orleton Park on Sunday.