It was an emotional atmosphere at Orleton Park as members past and present gathered to remember long-time servant of the club, Colin Wakeley, with a pre-match minute's silence. Wellington certainly rose to the occasion, putting in a fine display against Allscott Heath as the sides clashed in the Henshalls SCCL Premier Division. A positive batting performance saw the hosts pile on 264-9 in their 50 overs. Skipper Wendell Wagner was the chief contributor with a fine 72, whilst Dan Lloyd (40) and Josh Pistorius (42) also had good afternoons. Jason Allen (45) produced an aggressive knock for the visitors, but he was powerless to stop the wickets falling at the other end. Ultimately a start of 18-4 was terminal and Allscott were dismissed for 112. Stewart Black (3-8) returned the best figures, whilst Wagner and Pistorius completed good afternoons with two victims apiece.
Wellington II also hit a big first-innings score in their match at Wroxeter. Will Lewin continued his fine recent form with an unbeaten 78, whilst Dan Vaughan also contributed 60. Ian Murphy, Matt Pitchford and Adithya Manigandan chipped in with twenties as Alex Taylor’s side built an imposing score of 257-4 in their 45 overs. After tea, the wickets were shared, with George Topper taking 2-28, and spinners Steve Moules, Owais Abdul and Manigandan also claiming two each. Wellington’s 108-run win takes them back to the top of the Henshalls SCCL Division Two.
Harpers provided the opposition for the 3rd XI, whose recent good form with the ball continued. Ryan Fernando gave Wellington a good start with his spell of 2-11 before David Ross claimed 4-9 to bring the home side’s innings to a swift conclusion. Chasing only 71, Simon Topper’s team got off to a tricky start in difficult batting conditions, slipping to 10-3. However, the skipper (18*), along with Steve Pitchford (21), showed the patience and application required to get his side home for a five-wicket win.
Finally, there was also a much-needed win for Wellington IV at home to Whitchurch II on Saturday. The hosts’ total of 176-9 owed much to youngsters William Casey-Fitton (50) and Harrison Coalbran (31), whilst Sean Ward Clayton made 23. Veteran spinner Andy Parkyn (2-36) gave Wellington a good start with the ball, before Phil Snape produced his second six-wicket haul of the season. His return of 6-34 sealed the 32-run win for his side to complete a memorable day for the club.
Unfortunately, Sunday could not live up to the success of the previous day and Wellington went down to a heavy defeat in their one fixture. Kevin Vaughan (40) and Steve Kendrick (18) were the only highlights of note for the 5th XI who were on the road at Oswestry IV. Dismissed for 100 exactly, the bowlers could do nothing to prevent a nine-wicket defeat.