Week 14: Wellington Edged Out In Thriller Meanwhile, there were some terrific matches to enjoy on a sun-filled weekend.
Photo: John Cutts
Wellington were involved in a gripping match against Whitchurch at Orleton Park on Saturday afternoon, a thriller which the north Shropshire side won by just one wicket. Dan Lloyd’s side would have been left disappointed with their batting performance having won the toss on a sunny afternoon. Hugh Morris opened the batting and hit 39, but he lacked support from his teammates. Wellington lost cheap wickets, including three for one run, to find themselves floundering on 85-6. Josh McDonald (33) marshalled a recovery with support from Ben Pilkington (19) as the team were dragged themselves to 157 all out in the 48th over. In reply, Whitchurch flew out of the traps, racing to 70-1 in no time before Dan Lloyd (3-33) inspired a collapse in their ranks. At 103-6 the game was in the balance and Wellington kept the pressure on with some terrific fielding. Two late wickets left the last pair needing eight for victory, but they held their nerve to seal the points.
The 2nds enjoyed a terrific away win against table-toppers Bridgnorth II thanks to a superb knock from opener Vipul Bhaskar. his 84 from 87 balls set the tone for a fine batting display as Wellington racked up 278-5 in their 45 overs. Steve Lamb (38), Henry Morris (43) and Harry Gaughan (44*) drove home the advantage as Wellington set a huge total to chase. The visitors claimed two early wickets before Bridgnorth put on a hundred stand for the third wicket. However, Wellington’s bowlers managed to keep the hosts at arm’s length and were eventually rewarded for their patience. Martin Weill (3-29) and Hamza Bhatti (2-61) were the pick with the ball. Part-timer Ian Murphy picked up two late wickets as Bridgnorth closed on 239-9.
The 3rds have been on a miserable run of form, but came close to recording a victory at home to Sentinel II. They bowled first in this one and would have been disappointed to see the opposition hit 231-8 in their 45 overs. Ralph Bishop (75) proved to be a thorn in the hosts’ side as Stewart Black and Matt Earley picked up two wickets each. However, Wellington equipped themselves well in the chase. Rich Atherden (34) and Adam Lloyd (40) got the innings off to a good start. Then, Dan Pitchford (60) looked to have set his team on the path to victory, but his dismissal heralded a dramatic collapse. Wellington slumped from 175-4 to 181-8. Kamal Aluthgedara (18*) tried to recover the situation but his team fell 20 runs short.
In Division Five, the 4th team’s tally of 198 was enough for victory at Iscoyd and Fenns Bank. Dave Morris glued the innings together with 66 – with support coming in the form of Phil Snape (33), Pat Howells (20) and Nick Oliver (24). Snape then did the damage with the ball, claiming 4-27 in eight overs. Fellow spinner Jack Edge picked up two wickets for himself at the north Shropshire side finished all out on 154.
On Sunday, the 5th team enjoyed a terrific win at home to Madeley III. Jacob Pryce produced his best return in senior cricket, picking up 4-28 in a fine spell. Two run outs also helped the Wellington cause as their rivals were held to 193-8 in 40 overs. Wellington lost a wicket early on, but a fine partnership of 140 for the second wicket between youngsters Akhil Srinivasan (58) and Jovan Uppal (86) broke the back of their target. Gareth Mullard Wilson was unbeaten on 25 when the hosts crowned a six wicket win with six balls to spare.
Finally, a Friendly XI beat Grasshoppers at Orleton Park in some style, chasing down 241-7 on a hot afternoon. Bailey Gledhill impressed with 4-30 with the ball. However it was the second innings which caught the eye as Ben Parkyn (87*) inspired Wellington to victory. Oli Tufft (40) was also in the runs, as were Lewis Gough (27), Matt Earley (22) and Gledhill (19*). They finsihed the chase for the loss of seven wickets with four balls remaining.