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Week 12: Wellington Win Thrilling Finals Day

July 11, 2023 News

Wellington lifted the Meadons Premier 100 trophy at Orleton Park late on Sunday evening to cap a thrilling day of short-format cricket. The team defeated Wem in the final by six runs after Dan Lloyd (30) and Dan Vaughan (29) put them on course for a score of 108-6 off their 100 balls. The crucial moment in the second innings came when Wendell Wagner (3-6) removed Muhammed Irfan, who had hit an incredible hundred in the semi-final, for just one. Pressure from Lloyd and Wagner ensured Wem were well behind the required rate at the halfway stage; however, the lower-order rallied with Sam Peate hitting 28. Ultimately two late wickets from William Mashinge (2-18) closed out the match and handed Wellington the trophy.

Exciting though it was, the final had nothing on Wellington’s semi-final against Shrewsbury II which was decided by a Super Over at lunchtime. Both teams scored 138 in their 100 balls. Dan Humes (55) and Tyler Ibbotson (67) shared a hundred stand for Salop in the first innings before tight bowling from Matt Stinson (2-22) and Wendell Wagner (2-18) pulled things back. Dan Vaughan (37 off 20 balls) set a blistering tempo in response but Wellington’s innings faltered late on. Will Mashinge, finishing 41 not out, took control of the situation to secure the tie – and set up an exciting Super Over. Wellington batted first in it, scoring seven runs, but Lloyd rose to the ocassion to bowl a superb set and defend the score by one run.

Wellington’s success followed on from a convincing league win on Saturday at bottom side Newport. The visitors batted first and notched up 258-7 with contributions from Will Lewin (27), Will Mashinge (42), Wendell Wagner (44), and Henry Morris (68 on debut). Mindful of the closing weather, Wellington opened the bowling with two spinners in a bid to reach the Duckworth Lewis cut-off threshold. The ploy worked with Dan Lloyd (0-12 off 10 overs) and Wagner (4-18 off 10 overs) bowling 20 overs in just 52 minutes! Dinesh Perera (3-12) and Steve Brooks (2-13) finished things off as Newport finished on 62 all out.

Meanwhile, Wellington II recovered from a horror start of 7-3 to post 158 at home to Chirk. The tunraround came in the form of brothers Stuart (47) and Alex Taylor (18) who shared a tenth wicket stand of 55. Skipper Matt Stinson also hit 25, but it was a difficult afternoon for the home side who found Andrew Swarbrick (5-27) too hot to handle. Wellington failed to make any early in-roads with the ball, ensuring Chirk could set up a straighforward five-wicket win. Lewis Gough took 2-39.

The 3rds picked up a much-needed win at home to Sentinel II after a super bowling display. Wellington dismissed their opponents for 125. Kamal Aluthgedara claimed 4-17, but it was a day when all the bowlers performed well. Harjot Singh scored 75 in the second innings to make sure of the win, accelerating his scoring as the weather began to worsen. Vrishab Eli was next highest scorer with 17 as Wellington won by five wickets.

That same rain proved a godsend for the 4th team who were spared a defeat at Much Wenlock late in the day. Ish Vidyasankar claimed 5-39 for Wellington as their opposition was bowled out for 172. Fellow U15 John Keeble also claimed 3-19 in a good first innings for the visitors. However, after tea, the side’s batting difficulties returned. Skipper Johan Esterhuizen was unbeaten on 41 when the rain came, occupying the crease with number eleven Gareth Mullard Wilson, with the score on 79-9.

Sunday’s game between the 5th XI and Sentinel IV was also abandoned due to rain. The Shrewsbury side had batted first and made 170-8 in 30 overs – but no reply was possible. Kumar Singh’s 4-12 was the best bowling return, whilst Jay Downes also picked up two wickets.

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