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Week 13: Thrilling Chase Helps Wellington Extend Lead

July 17, 2023 News

On a blustery and showery day in Shropshire, Wellington were able to get a reduced match in against Ludlow – and extend their lead at the top of the Premier Division table.

The 1st XI produced a terrific run-chase to surpass the visitors’ considerable total of 190-2 off a reduced 31 overs. In challenging bowling conditions, Ludlow’s batsmen proved a real handful with Luke Miles (76 not out), Will Sparrow (50 not out) and Sam Roberts (31) finding the boundary regularly in the last ten overs to set a really difficult target. Dan Lloyd and Steve Brooks collected one wicket each. After the break, Wellington went about their reply positively with Will Lewin (26) and Dan Vaughan (40) setting the pace. However, Ludlow kept picking up wickets and after Will Mashinge was caught and bowled for 13 the game was on a knife-edge with Wellington on 110-4 with 12 overs to go. Thankfully the brief shower that forced the players from the pitch at that point lasted only a matter of minutes and the game was able to play out to a conclusion. Wendell Wagner’s 26 tilted the balance once more, but when he was cleaned up Ludlow once again looked favourites. Enter James Flynn who, with 25 off 15 balls, and a couple of sixes from Hugh Morris and Ben Pilkington at the other end, completed the job for a three-wicket win. With Wem’s match falling victim to the weather, the win saw Wellington extend their lead to 27 points.

Unfortunately the bad weather of Saturday saw the 2nds, 3rds and 4ths all rained off.

The 5th team did get their game on on Sunday at home to Shifnal IV. Wellington batted first in a game reduced to 30 overs per side, and registered a total of 170-8. The innings was held together by Mark Downes’ score of 69 not out, with Kumar Singh (38) giving the best support. However, Shifnal reached the target comfortably, losing only one wicket, collected by Tushar Jani. Stephen Groucott (57) and William Firmstone (76 not out) made good with the chase, which was completed in 26 overs.

Meanwhile, a Wellington friendly side faced the Cow Corner Podcast XI on the second ground. It was something of a mismatch, with several of the opposition batters retiring not out, including Ryan Kruger (50*) and Rhyan Jones (51*). The podcasters set a total of 255-4 in 32 overs with one wicket each coming from Harry Blagden, Matt Earley, and Luke Fullard. Wellington responded with 107 all out with Luke Willets hitting a madien half century for the club, finishing on 63.

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