Bo-mere, Yet So Far
Kumar Singh took an amazing 7-28 against Bomere Heath, but his side fell one wicket short of securing victory, having to settle instead for a draw.
The 5ths took to the road once again travelling to Bomere Heath on Sunday.
After several diversions taking in most of the rural North Shrewsbury area, the rally event was over and the team arrived with a few minutes to spare. Not all the team however, Shehan ‘Yaya Toure’ Gunawardena still smarting from his birthday shun weeks prior, rocked up 5 over’s into the game. Luckily, for the nicest man in cricket, Skipper Stopper had called correctly once again, leading many to question if he has a double headed coin tucked away in his box, and decided to have a bat on a swelteringly hot day.
Sent out to the crease was the runs machine Chris Newbold (25) and the timely stroke play of Hannah Young (13) who got proceedings underway with a brisk start to the innings scoring quickly on a fast outfield. Once the opening pair were both back in the hutch, Bomere turned to a pair of spinners to try and eek out the turn and variable pace & bounce of the pitch. Matt Earley (5) got one, as did Ben Harrison (9) leaving Wellington just short of 100 runs with 4 wickets down after 22 overs.
Wellington knew they needed to get to a par of around 160 in their last 18 overs. Simon Topper (40) stepped up with another captains knock anchoring the innings once again although was ironically cheered from the pavilion after every 4 he hit, so synonymous he is now with scoring all his runs inside the ropes. With Kevin Vaughan (24) at the other end helping to keep the score ticking. Once S’topper saw Umpire Benting’s finger raised for LBW and Alex Brasenall got a worldie of a tweaker to find his edge gobbled up by the slips, Wellington were looking to be a few runs light. Toppers instructions to Vaughan shortly before departing to ‘Have a Bash’ were heeded and Vaughan went Babe Ruth stylee on a length ball crashing down the ground for 6. Backed by useful additions from Shehan (7) and Jack Fishman (5) the 5ths were up to the 150’s into the final 4 overs. IPL Kumar bashed 6 quick runs supported by Akash who was welcomed into the team in timely fashion by being run out by serial offender King Kumar in the last over.
166 was the target and with a strong attack Wellington went about their business in strong fashion limiting the openers to 5 runs off the first five over’s. Always behind the run rate, Bomere looked to dig in and earn some batting points. Kumar though had other ideas, removing the first three batsmen for single figures then followed a beautiful caught and bowled from the ‘King of India’ who has the safest pair of hands in the world off his own bowling. After dropping a catch in his last game, Kevin Vaughan held onto a fast low one to his right and 5 down, Wellington looked in the drivers seat.
Jack Fishman, who was having a ‘whale of a time’ on the receiving end off every fish pun in the world wasn’t rewarded for his ‘tight line’ and ball plaice-ment despite doing the batsman like a kipper with several balls including a great LBW shout from a Breamer, was replaced by Shehan, who after some toiling, delivered an excellent caught and bowled wicket a few balls after a very difficult chance whooshed past his outstretched arm. Kumar though keen to add a coaching point shouting, “I’d have caught that mate” from fine leg. After every Shehan catch its now tradition to sing the chorus of ‘Let it Go’ from frozen and the slip cordon duly delivered belting it out as they ran to congratulate him on holding it.
Wellington’s ability to cut through the lower order has almost cost them a few wins this season. Sending back the tail has been a bit of an issue and Bomere’s tail was no exception. Jonathon Wills & Francis Hick putting on 40 run partnership for the 7th wicket delayed the win Wellington were looking for and took much important overs out of the game.
When Willis was removed for 24 it opened up and end but Adam James played a couple of beautiful cover drives to get to 8 in no time. Alex Brasenall, Akash Srinivasan both tried to spin it to win it for Wellington but unfortunately couldn’t prise the wicket the needed. Akash even teaming up with little Akash at one point to make a boundary saving stop. Not to be outdone in front a female players, Alex “Neymar’ Brasenall stopped a slap to point with his outstep determined not to show how much it hurt. Kevin Vaughan delivered 6 pie throws which has earned him a lucrative sponsorship deal with Gregs but didn’t trouble the batsmen so it was left up to Kumar and Matt Earley to try and wrap up the last 2 wickets in the final 5 overs. Unfortunately, the breakthrough for the 9th wicket came from the last ball of the innings - Matt Earley with a pearler to clink the bail off the top of off leaving Bomere 9 down and 2 short of a second batting point.
Wellington will hope to build on the positives and pick up a win next week when they host 5th placed Welshpool.
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