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Week 15: Whitchurch Win Keeps Wellington Top

Wellington extended their unbeaten start to the season with a home victory against Whitchurch. The host batters were in for an early storm as they lost three wickets for 31. However, Will Mashinge (44) and Wendell Wagner (63) rescued the situation with a big fourth-wicket stand. Batting with the lower-order, the latter saw Wellington to a total of 182-9 off 50 overs. The bowlers picked up wickets regularly after tea, preventing Whitchurch from forming a meaningful partnership. Hugh Morris collected two wickets, as did Wendell Wagner, but it was Will Lewin who starred with figures of 4-15 off 10 overs. Henry Morris’s run out and a wicket from Steve Brooks completed the win as the opposition finished on 146.

Wellington II’s posted a sub-par total against Worfield II at Davenport Park, but defended it spiritedly to lose by three wickets. Only James Collinge (15) made it to double-figures at the top of the Wellington card as the visitors slumped to 68-9. Dinesh Perera (20*) offered some resistance at the end and a 26-run partnership with Martin Weill edged his side towards three figures. Whilst a total of 94 was never going to be enough, Wellington did take seven wickets. Lewis Gough (3-35) and Perera (2-20) did their best to complete an unlikely victory, but they ran out of runs to defend as the team were left to rue what might have been.

The 3rds were on the road at Trysull and Seisdon and were second best in a one-sided contest. Batting first, Wellington lost two early wickets but a partnership between Adam Marshall (41) and Rich Atherden (25) helped them recover to 75-2 at drinks. However, the team then lost six wickets for 20 runs to undo their hopes of setting a challenging total. Not even the efforts of Matt Earley (24) and Indy Dhaliwal (24*) could turn around that collapse and Wellington’s score of 131 all out was definitely light. After the break, the bowlers were unable to get the early breakthroughs required and it was a comfortable chase in the end. Harjot Singh and Matthew Morris picked up one wicket each, the only victims in the second innings.

Saturday’s 4th team fixture was short and sweet as Wellington were blasted out for just 43 by visitors Newtown II. James Brothwood (11*) and Shehan Gunawardena were the only players to reach double-digits on an afternoon when their innings only lasted 16.3 overs. Ish Vidyasankar and Phil Snape grabbed a wicket each and secured a solitary bonus point in the eight-over second innings.

Wellington V bowled out Whitchurch III for 184 in just 24 overs on Sunday – but the weather in north Shropshire prevented them the opportunity to chase it down. Kumar Singh, Dave Good and Peet van der Merwe all got two wickets, whilst Pradeep Pandurangan picked up 3-40 as Eddie Lewis made 94. However, the rains came down at tea and the match was abandoned shortly after.

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