Romance, Bromance And Another 24 Points
Sheehan Gunawardena's five wicket haul helped Wellington 5th's complete a comfortable victory away at Madeley on Sunday.
Wellington claimed another victory on their travels leaving Madeley with all 24 points on a glorious Sunday afternoon.
All players arrived at Madeley, cricket bags left to the side and a variety of other sporting equipment was brought out. It looked more like Daley Thompson's Olympics than a team topping the table preparing for a game of cricket. Football skills & drills. Big tackles, American Football set plays & so on. The only game not played was the game of kiss chase young Mr Brasenall was eager to start. Those present all know the reasons why!
After the energetic pre warm up, warm up the 5th's gathered in the away changing rooms feeling like they'd all endured one of Coach Fears famously long, grueling warm ups & some of the older, more robust of the team felt like they'd already played.
Topper & Earley "the bus driver" got the actual warm up going & ensured cricket was the focus. The skipper was then called to toss up & returned moments later having lost another one. Madeley elected to bat.
New to the side & having endured the team's "Battle Song" of choice, Frozen's "Let it Go". A still I'm sure somewhat bemused Steve Brooks got things going with the ball as Topper, Earley & Vaughan all waited behind the stumps in anticipation. Clearly not effected by the somewhat camp motivational song of choice, Steve started very well with good pace & at times his pace was too much for the opening pair. George "I nearly hit it for 6" Topper started at the other end & his 6 over spell had absolutely everything. Accuracy, swing, teenage strops, elation, near misses & more importantly wickets. 3 to be exact. George kept to his usual tight lines & got the rewards he deserved as a result.
As usual the cricket was good. Great standards and MAXIMUM banter from all areas of the field which is the norm in the 5th's this year with ALL involved. This week it was more flirting than banter. Earley & Topper sharing a joke and a cuddle before play. George & Josh sneaking away under the covers during the Wellington innings at every opportunity. Josh tattooing himself to show off to George. (For those parents, it was a transfer he found not the real mccoy) The ongoing love story involving young Brasenall and another member of the side & many, many more.
Alex, having done 20 push ups before leaving for Madeley gave everybody a free ticket to the Gun Show! Sleeves rolled up to his neck and the guns on full show. This followed constant looks to see if this had been spotted by the person it was intended for.
Back to cricket. Wellington seemed in control of the game throughout, taking wickets at good times and not letting the batsman settle at the crease for too long. Bowling changes were made by the Skipper. Lewis Gough & Shehan Gunawardena replaced the opening pair & with some success. Both bowled beautifully well. Lewis got his rewards in his first over after a stumping by the skipper behind the stumps. Not to be out done Shehan was back to his best. It was a pleasure to watch behind the stumps as his fluent bowling went through the middle order. One of which being an important wicket of a man Wellington were keen to see the back of. Shehan finished off in the 32nd over taking the final two wickets to complete another 5 wicket haul in a simply brilliant bowling spell. Replacing Lewis, Josh "J20" Viljoen bowled as well as the previous week and got his reward after a catch at silly mid wicket by Kev "the wall" Vaughan.
Wellington reduced the home side to 126 and managed to gain an extra 12 overs to chase the total down should that be needed.
Shehan & George led the side off after a brilliant display with the ball.
The spread put on at Tea was well worth the wait & Josh filled his boots. Nobody could see him over the mountain of cakes and pizza on his plate. At one point there was going to be a whip around for him as people were concerned he wasn't eating at home. He was, so money back in pockets!
In form Kevin "the wall" Vaughan & Lewis "kept his brother from a game of cricket all day" Gough opened the batting for Wellington. Bat properly was the call from the skipper & both conformed & did just that. Kev, after rumors of him locking his wife Leanne away in a dark room at home continued in the form he has shown when she is not present & started well with Lewis. The pair played without risk and kept the score moving nicely throughout. It wasn't until the 17th over when Goughy's wicket fell. By which time Vaughan had raced away. Having faced a similar amount of deliveries Vaughan got to 50 when Lewis was just on double figures. Vaughan got to 50 with his best shot, a lovely off drive through the covers as applause came from his team mates for the second week running. Well played sir!!
Matty "the contracted player" Simmonds replaced Lewis and he played a superb innings to see the side home. It transpired that Matty was on a performance related pocket money incentive which started at £5 when he got to 30. Unfortunately for Matty & despite some ball counting he finished the day 29 not out so still as well off today as he was before he came out to bat. Despite no money changing hands between him, parents & grandparents it was a great knock which deserved a lot of credit. Vaughan fell on 58 & was replaced by the in form Hannah Young. After being on the receiving end of an early afternoon in the field full of blown kisses and loving glances from Alex "Romeo" Brasenall she dug deep and got her game head on. Hannah started well and it looked like it was going to be her & Matty who would see Wellington home however she was caught having made 9 with not many required to see the team through. Romeo replaced Juliet. It wasn't to be a hollywood ending however both are now away on holiday for 2 weeks after today not with each other however nobody involved quite believes that part. Matty & Brasey saw the team home and finished not out on 29 & 5 respectively.
Overall it was a great display from the youth of the 5th side with everybody bar Earley & Topper who contributed in any great way.
Victory ensured Wellington gained a maximum 24 points from the game which keeps them topping Division 4a.
Wellington face Reman Services on Sunday at Orleton Park where they will hope to continue their fine form and extend their lead at the top of the table.
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