North Petherton U13 128 – 8 Wellington U13 128 – 5
Wellington U13s ensured they finished in the top two in their division after a see saw battle at North Petherton on Sunday morning ended in a tie.
Asked to bat first Wellington had the better of the early overs as Callum Hendy launched at the Petherton opening seamer by taking 14 in the 2nd over including a 6.
The hosts gained control by removing fellow opener Alex Derbidge for 3 and once Hendy departed for a quick 20 the run rate slowed although Ben White and captain Ben Wardell accumulated runs without fuss. White was 3rd out for 13 and when Wardell was caught out for 26 – only the 2nd time this season he’s not reached the retiring score of 30.
Olly Hunt knitted the latter overs together with help from Charlie Hawkings and Tom Shannon as the visitors reached 128 in their allotted 20 overs.
Hunt was entrusted with the new ball, and made this count as he accounted for both openers, but this brought in Somerset’s Gregory and Michelson who tipped the balance Petherton’s way.
Michelson reached his retiring 30 just after Gregory was caught for 26, but this didn’t halt their progress as Ginst and Hallett continued to press for runs.
Some sharp fielding,aided by some woeful running brought 4 run outs which culminated in leaving the last over to be bowled by Tom Shannon with 8 runs needed for victory.
Two singles followed by another run out left 6 needed with the last pair at the crease only for a boundary to be struck followed by a dot ball which left the last ball with 2 needed for victory.
A scrambled single, left the scores tied and probably a fair result with two very well matched teams taking a point each from an entertaining game.
Wellington have one game let to play when next week they host unbeaten Taunton Deane in a climax to the season.