Wellington Sunday XI were in a good position to have a really good go at the 218 they needed to win at Devon Premier League side Sidmouth last weekend, but a collapse from 92-3 to 92-7 put paid to that and in the end the Red and Blacks fell to a 67 run defeat.
Sidmouth opted to bat first and saw Z.Bess with his capital 54 put them into a position of supremacy as he pulled the ball with awesome power and he looked like he was going to make a lot more, but the impressive Jake Nichol trapped him LBW with one that was homing in on middle and leg and 1-40 in seven overs was a good effort all told and George Hooper bowled better than his figures suggest.
Thom Trott used his height well to extract extra lift and he was rewarded with two wickets when he yorked Sobczak for 26 and Griffiths played on for 9.
Had the run out of Sidmouth keeper Chilcott stood then the home side would have been in a spot of bother, but the wicket was broken without the ball in hand and he went on to play a fine hand of 70no.
Paul Short with 2-20 in 8 good overs of off spin was complimented by Arron Campbell and Scott Davey as Sidmouth closed on 217-6 at tea.
Charlie Davies and Thom Trott got the Wellington reply off to a good start, but Mansfield with 2-20 in seven overs got them both by the time the score had reached 24; cue Aks Latifi and Robin Davies to add 55 for the third Wellington wicket with Latifi making 47 with three shots that went out of the ground and Davies a pleasant 19.
But Wellington were undone by Sidmouth’s good mix of pace and spin and any chance of victory evaporated when they lost four wickets for no runs, but the effort was not over as Arron Campbell with 16 and Paul Short with a belligerent 34 got Wellington to 150 before Short was last man out.
The team are away to Staplegrove this coming weekend.