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Week 10: Wellington Wilt In The Heat

By David Ross

Saturday's weather left several of Wellington's batmsen hot under the collar as the club slipped to three defeats.

Wellington 1st XI made the trip to Whitchurch, who sat one place above them in the Henshalls SCCL Premier Division before play started. The visiting side have been in good form with the ball in hand in recent weeks and might have fancied bowling the opposition out cheaply when they were reduced to 78-5. However, Salim Ahmad, who finished unbeaten on 51, rallied with the tail to get his team to a respectable total of 168-8 in their 50 overs. Wendell Wagner led the attack with 3-21, with Stewart Black and Matty Simmonds both claiming two wickets. As it happened, Whitchurch's total proved more than enough. Luke Goring hit 26 at the top of the order on his 1st XI debut, but there was little else to cheer for Wellington's batsmen. Wickets fell regularly and Wagner (27) lacked the support to reverse the rot as his side were skittled for just 109.

There was better news for the 2nd XI who defeated Sentinel II at Orleton Park. Batting first in glorious conditions, Wellington opener Steve Lamb (70) held together a batting card that featured contributions right down the order. Youngsters Patrick Ward Clayton (28) and Khalid Hamidi (22) were amongst those who offered good support. Phillip Caudle (68) and Ralph Bishop (42) gave Sentinel's reply a strong base, but once Wellington had removed them, the batting collapsed. Steve Moules (3-15) and Khalid Hamidi (3-20) starred with the ball.

Wellington III came up short in their Division III home match against Oswestry II. Batting first, the hosts suffered from problems at the top order and only had a score on the board thanks to the efforts of skipper Simon Topper (35*) with from Kamal Aluthgedara (24) and number eleven Tom Anderson (25*). However, their score of 165-9 proved to be insufficient against Oswestry's strong batting line-up, who only lost three wickets in their successful chase. The visitors only needed 33.1 overs to reach their target, with Lewis Gough picking up two of the wickets.

There was defeat also for the 4th XI at Much Wenlock, where skipper Adrian Casey won the toss, only to see his side swept away for just 96. Wellington's number eight Kumar Singh top-scored with 23 on an afternoon to forget. Wenlock lost three wickets in a simple chase that lasted 25 overs. Dan Searle finished unbeaten on 45 for the hosts.

Wellington's fortunes did improves on Sunday when the 5th XI defeated Newport III at home. Phil Snape picked up four wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 79 in the 31st over. Meanwhile, William Casey-Fitton claimed two victims for himself. Returning opener Gareth Gower hit 27 at the top of the order in the reply, whilst stand-in skipper Neil Bushnell added 15 towards the modest target as his side collected the points.

Updated 17:01 - 3 Jul 2019 by David Ross

Where next?

U13s Book Final Spot Wellington's youngsters progress to the County Cup final after defeating Shrewsbury on Wednesday.
The Week: Shropshire Over 50s, CWC Family Day, Live Music We've got plenty in the diary for the week ahead at Wellington CC.

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