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Wellington 5th XI
Sun 13 Jul 13:30 - League Start time 13:30

Twenty-Four

The 5ths picked up another big victory on the road by beating Wem 3rds in a hard fought encounter.

Match report by Kevin Vaughan

Matt Early and Kumar Singh were the Jack Bauers’ of this particular episode, Kumar starring once again with the ball taking 4-32 and Matt Early hitting an important 67 just at the right time.

This game had everything that an episode of the cult US series would contain, a protagonist, a multitude of plot twists and a hero to step up at the final hour to save the day.

On this particular occasion, the Wem skipper played the fiendish villain of the piece, literally arguing the toss. Well, just before the toss, exclaiming in true villainly fashion “We play 40 overs ‘round ere!” Despite Wellington Skip Si Topper reminding him the rules state 45 over unless agreed by by both sides, he wanted to play the lesser amount “’cause of the world cup.” But we all knew his motives involved a shipment of weapon grade urainium he was expecting around 7pm…

Sticking to his guns, Si checked the rules and enforced the 45 overs which the lads agreed would give the team the best chance to bowl the opposition out, something that has proved a struggle of late. The first twist in this tale was Si losing the toss followed quickly by the counter twist that the opposition actually wanted Wellington to field first...? *Cut away to iconic beeping clock… *

Bowling first for only the 3rd time in 11 games, the 5ths took to the field with Special Agents Singh and Pitchford opening the bowling. Both had chances to grab wickets including the first ball of the innings with Kevin Vaughan at second slip and Matt Early at gully convinced they heard a noise off the edge of the bat first ball, unfortunately no one else did and they were left rueing not appealing just to rule it out…

8-0 off the first two over’s quickly became 19-3 off 9 Matty Simmonds picking up a LBW after some lovely bowling and King Kumar sniping two stumps out the ground. Jack Davies provided resistance though and despite a forth wicket going down when Shehan run out Rob Brieley, things were about to get tricky for Wellington. Captain Mark Ellis came to the crease, still smarting from having to play the extra five over’s which showed as he hit several 4’s in his first few over’s at the crease, in between which, a reasonable LBW shout went up and when given not out, Ellis targeted Topper for some critism of his appeal, questioning how he could see it from Mid on really fulfilling the villainous role to ‘Richard Hillman off Corrie back in the day’ standard but not involving a ford galaxy or a Manchester pond.

Eillis and his number 1 agent put on 96 on for the 5th wicket before Kumar was brought back into the attack and took a smart C & B which came at him hard for 49, HE NEVER DROPS ONE OFF HIS OWN BOWLING! 8 runs later he also opened up the other end bowling Davies for 51. Alex Brasnall smelt blood and would have had a instant breakthrough if it wasn’t for a fat fingered drop at silly point from Kevin Vaughan, who injured his thumb in the warm up and resultantly fielded like a drain. Kumar also dropped a chance at square leg and Matt Earley got his hands to one that he had to run back 20 feet to get under. It looked like a wicket was coming. An over later Brasnall bowled J Davies for 8 and picked up a well deserved wicket after 8 overs of excellent bowling.

Not to be outdone, the 5th teams muscle/enforcer, who was an hour early by turning up on time, Shehan Gunawardena, picked up the wicket of Harry Astley, who was ‘never gonna give it up’ easily, but in the end did, being caught at short leg by Vaughan leaving the hosts 155-5 after their 40 overs.

At 3.44 an over, Wellington felt that the score was very gettable. The’ve been scoring over 200 regularly for the past few weeks and at a higher run rate but when the innings got to 62-3, after some tight Wem bowling, just after halfway, They needed a little bit of help facing 5 an over down the stretch. Matt Early stepped up and hit 67 runs off 45 balls, 52 of the runs coming from boundaries firmily putting Wellington in the driving seat. Kevin Vaughan, came in for Matthew when he was finally bowled leaving Wellington needing 6 off the final 6 overs. After an over where Si Topper flicked 4 through gully, Kevin Went for a big heave to finish the game only to be left goose-egged and stumps splattered everywhere. It meant Ewan Griffiths supporting some newly grown chin fluff could finish the game off first ball with a double.

When Scooby Doo turned up after the game, it turned out the the Wem captain was actually Old Man Smithers, the caretaker at the fairground! He Exclaimed that he;
“Would have gotten away with 40 overs if it hadn’t have been for you meddlin’ 5ths!”

Results were kind elsewhere once again and Wellington have no extended their lead to 61 points over Worfield in 2nd with 10 games left.

Next up is Knockin and Kinnerley at home Sunday, 1-30pm start

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