Week 16: Seconds Move Clear At The Top

Week 16: Seconds Move Clear At The Top

By David Ross
7 days ago
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It was another good weekend for the club with three wins to savour.


Wellington picked up a win at Telford rivals Madeley on Saturday in a match reduced to 37 overs per side by the early rain. Nevertheless, the Orleton Park side still managed an impressive total of 190-5 in the limited time available. An unbeaten sixth-wicket stand of 64 between captain Wendell Wagner (48*) and Josh Pistorius (28*) proved crucial for the visitors. Madeley were reduced to 35-5 early after tea with Pistorius adding 3-10 to his account, and Stewart Black picking up 2-28. Doug Reynolds (33) and Gavin Jones (29) steadied the ship, but Madeley remained behind the game and were dismissed for 126 - Matt Stinson claiming two wickets late on.

Wellington II have moved 30 points clear at the top of Henshalls SCCL Division Two after a convincing eight wicket success against Forton at home. The hosts restricted the scoring in the first innings with youngster Ronan Bagry (3-11 off 9 overs) impressing in particular. Forton's total of 141-6 was Wellington's target after tea - and the chase began badly with two early wickets for Matty Sayers. However, Daniel Vaughan (59*) and Will Lewin (61*) combined in a match-winning partnership. They earned their team what may prove to be a crucial win in just the 29th over.

The 3rd XI were the only side to taste defeat at Wellington at the weekend, losing by 27 runs to Quatt II. Tom Anderson (3-34) and Kamal Aluthgedara (3-29) helped Simon Topper's side to bowl the visitors out for 157 - a total which was to prove too much of a challenge for his batsmen. After Terry Cowburn (4-24) inspired an early collapse, Matt Earley (44) took the fight to the Quatt bowlers, but the task ultimately proved too steep.

Wellington IVs were rained off at Montgomery on Saturday, so the remaining action of the weekend took place on Sunday, when the 5ths hosted Ellesmere III. The home batsmen put in one of their best batting displays of the season, notching up 179-7 in 35 overs. Shehan Gunawardena (34) and Neil Bushnell (26) enjoyed a strong opening stand, before Ethan Allen (27) and Joe Poole (27*) added some impetus lower down the order. In response, the visiting team were dismissed for just 75 with Ky'eisha Tuffnell, Steve Kendrick and Jordan Keeble taking two wickets each.

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