Taunton St Andrews 2nd XI 228-5 Wellington 225-5

Wellington came within an ace of completing the double over Taunton St Andrews 2nd XI on a very hot day at the Wyvern Club last Saturday, but could just not quite muster the seven runs that they needed off of the last over to seal the deal.

TSA won the toss and opted to bat first, but before the game could start Wellington had to shuffle their pack as they lost keeper Miles Cave to an injury in the warm up, so Ben Evett took over the keeping duties and did a fine job all told given this role was thrust upon him at short notice; luckily Miles is OK for future games…

With the score at 22 Jack Beal removed Tom Poole’s castle and Wellington had a breakthrough, but another did not come until former Wellington footballer Martin Jenkins was caught by Ben Evett off of Sam Whitefield for 40 with the score at 89-2.

The TSA second string innings saw a master class of a century made by former Somerset CCC player Kevin Parsons who still has all the ability he ever did as he made 106no in a fine manner.

The home side’s lower order batted around Parsons and made it to 228-5 at tea with Jack Beal, Arron Campbell and Sam Whitefield all getting in amongst the wickets as Wellington’s coach Pete Sanderson took to the field as well and took 2-50 in nine good overs of slow bowling.

Neil Hendy’s conceding of just seventeen runs from nine overs was exemplary in batter friendly conditions.

Wellington’s reply was built around a wonderful opening stand of 111 between Tom Chambers and Neil Hendy.

Hendy’s studious knock of 37 allowed Chambers to, eventually, carry his bat to the tune of 108no with eleven fours and one six.

Jack Beal planted another one clean out of the ground as he had done six days earlier when the two Clubs met in a Sunday League game as he made 14 and with 13 from Sam Whitefield and 12 from Arron Campbell the equation was seven from the last over to win for Wellington, but TSA let just three runs go and can be pleased with the efforts of Toby Williams-Thomas who took 3-39 in nine overs and Josh Clatworthy’s decent last over.

Wellington stay fourth in the table…

  • This coming Saturday (14th July) sees the visit of Winscombe 1st XI for an SCL Premier Division game and this coincides with the Club’s Past Players Association holding its AGM from 5.30pm and its Evening Barbecue Event from 6.15pm; Association Members are asked to attend the Club for a prompt meeting start and then all are welcome to the Barbecue thereafter…
  • http://somcl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=77244 (Premier Division Table)