Week 8: Wellington Win Three On Jubilee Weekend
Picture: Elliot Byram at the crease (Simon Goring)
Elliot Byram hit his maiden fifty for the 1st XI as Wellington ran out convincing winners over St Georges. The youngster’s 57 helped to anchor the hosts’ innings as he combined effectovely with Dan Lloyd (21), William Mashinge (38) and Wendell Wagner (29) in the middle order. Sam Lloyd added a quick 22 at the end of the innings to power his side towards 210-9 in their 50 overs. Mashinge immediately put his side back on the front foot with 3-33 with the new ball, before the captain polished off the tail with 6-30 – his fourth five-fer of the season. St Georges could only muster 106 all out.
The 2nd XI had their spinners to thank for their victory at Cound as Hamza Bhatti (4-34) and Harjot Singh (3-5) combined to dismiss the host side, who collapsed from 72-2, for just 122. Freddie Timmis (57*) finished what the bowlers had started by driving home the victory, which came inside 24 overs. Singh (23) and Matt Dickenson (16) provided the support to a fine match-winning knock from the youngster. Wellington lost just four wickets in the chase.
The 3rds produced the third and final win of the weekend at home to Montgomery. The Welsh side had a torrid time of it at Orleton Park, being dismissed for just 72. Indy Dhaliwal led the line for Wellington with 3-33, whilst Dhairya Jani and Kamal Aluthgedara each claimed two wickets. Duncan Taylor (14) and Rich Atherden (19) made sure there were no dramas in the chase, before Jonathan Evans (19*) and Phil Snape (16*) saw Wellington home for an eight wicket win.
One sour note for the weekend came from the 4th XI’s defeat on the road at Llanidloes. Two early wickets for Matt Morris got Wellington into the game, but two lengthy partnerships saw the Welsh side to a large total of 203-6 in their 40 overs. Captain Pat Howells took 2-19 at the death. In reply, Wellington found themselves quickly reduced to 3-3 and never recovered from there. Shehan Gunawardena (21) was the top scorer out of his side’s meagre tally of 72 all out.
On Sunday, the 5th XI’s hosting of Shelton III was cancelled due to the weather.