Thursday, May 30
Wellington, GB


Week 10: The Weill Deal! Martin's six-fer does for table-topper Shifnal.

Wellington will go into the second half of the season on top of the SCCL Premier Division after defeating Quatt in the last of the win-lose-draw matches. That did not look likely after the team surrendered a start of 90-0 to post a sub-par tally of 154. Dan Vaughan (62) set a blistering pace up top, but when he fell the side lost six wickets for 24 runs. William Mashinge (36) limited the damage and moved the scoring along, but it was still a disappointing total after a great start. However, Wellington’s bowlers also found the pitch to their liking and they put in a terrific showing with the ball to claim maximum points. Hugh Morris led the way with 3-18 before Dan Lloyd (3-30) and Wendell Wagner (3-17) completed the job, dismissing Quatt for just 97.

As good as that win was, performance of the day came from the 2nd XI who defended just 113 against their counterparts from Shifnal. It was once again a difficult batting day for Matt Stinson’s men. Only James Collinge (29) made the scorers work as the hosts posted a meagre first innings tally. However, the second innings could scarcely have gone better. Openers Stinson and Steve Brooks claimed one wicket each, but it was introduction of Martin Weill and his spell of seven overs, 6-32, which decided the game. Shifnal slumped to 42-8.Despite the frustration of the last two pairings, Wellington closed out the game thanks to a brace from Dinesh Perera, earning a 30 run win.

It was a disappointing away day for the 3rd team who travelled to Alberbury where they suffered a big defeat, replying with just 107 all out to the home side’s 242-6. It was a difficult afternoon for the visiting bowlers who claimed only three wickets with the ball, including two for Matt Earley. There were however three run outs in the innings. Wellington’s poor start with the bat undid any chance of victory. Richard Atherden (27) held up one end, but he soon ran short of partners. Kamal Aluthgedara’s 36 came too late in the day to affect proceedings.

The 4ths enjoyed a much-needed win against Priorslee back at Orleton Park. Opener Matthew Morris (57) and the returning Dan Pitchford (78) put Wellington on course for a big total in this one. With extra impetus from Jamie Webb (27*), Dave Morris’s side posted 224-4 in their 40 overs. The hosts then picked up five early wickets thanks to Morris Jnr (3-37) and Raffay Bhatti (3-29). Whilst unable to bowl the opposition out, Phil Snape (2-41) and the rest of Wellington’s attack restricted them to 188-9.

On Sunday, the 5th XI’s promotion push continued unabated with a handsome win over Knockin III. U13 Sam Good (35) impressed at the top of the order, whilst Paul Willis (53) and Mark Downes (56) piled on the runs. This helped Wellington reach 216-7 in the reduced 35 overs. Umad Hussain (2-26) was the pick of the bowlers in the second innings. Every visiting bowler collected one wicket in a real team effort that restricted Knockin to 141-7.

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