Thursday, April 18
Wellington, GB


Week 11: Wagner Powers Welly To Derby Win

Wellington enjoyed a comfortable derby day success at Orleton Park on Saturday, dismissing Telford neighbours St Georges for just 91. It was the Wendell Wagner Show once again as the in-form spinner clinched 5-15 in his ten overs to decimate the visitors’ batting card. Fellow spinner Dan Lloyd claimed two wickets as Wellington set up a straightforward run-chase. Despite the loss of Will Lewin early in the piece, there were no further wobbles as Dan Vaughan (54*) and Lloyd (21*) closed out a nine-wicket win.

The 2nd team, meanwhile, endured a heavy defeat in their derby match at Allscott Heath where the home side amassed a substantial 231-8. Hamza Bhatti picked up 5-55, whilst there were two wickets for skipper Matt Stinson. Wellington lost three quick wickets in reply and never recovered. Ian Murphy (30) was left exposed as his teammates failed to offer the required support. The innings was curtailed at 115 all out.

The 3rds were outclassed on their travels against Beacon, suffering a 127 run defeat. Wellington bowled first, and despite returns of 3-30 for Akyb Zadran and 2-41 for Indy Dhaliwal, were on the end of an imposing total of 253-7. Adam Marshall struck 24 at the top of the card in reply, but the only other score of note was 21 for youngster Matthew Morris. Ultimately the team edged up to 126 all out having never looked likely to chase their target.

It was a difficult day for the 4th XI who caught Beacon II in hot form. The Shrewsbury side hit a towering total of 379-3 in their 40 overs with big centuries for Lee Pickford and James Bovill. However the afternoon got worse when Wellington tried to chase, succumbing to just 45 all out. No batter scored double figures in a match best described as a bad day at the office.

The 5ths were also defeated, but made a decent fist of chasing Harpers II’s total of 268-6 at Orleton Park on Sunday. Lewis Gough and Jack Edge both claimed two-fers. Dave Good’s 109 held the second innings together for Wellington. He received good support from son Sam (28), along with Tushar Jani (19) and Gough (16). However the target was ultimately out of reach and the home team closed on 212 all out.

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