Wellington Sunday XI 273-2 North Petherton Sunday XI 215-6

Wellington Sunday XI went to the top of Division A of the Taunton and District League and made it four wins from four games when they won by 58 runs at WEPL Somerset Division club North Petherton last weekend in a game that was reduced to 30 overs per side due to the home Club’s First Team taking on Ilminster CC in a Somerset Cricket Board Major Cup Semi Final that morning…

Macaulay Campbell chose to bat on winning the toss and took first use of a hard track with fast outfield and although a wicket was lost with the score at 8 Lewis Sparks and Oli Beale proceeded to add a massive 201 for the second Red and Blacks wicket which was ended when Sparks was caught for a fine 78; this stand was just one run short of equalling the Club’s record Sunday stand for this particular wicket it was found out after the game…

Beale made an unbeaten 114 as he compiled his debut Wellington ton and did so in a most stylish manner; the sixteen year old received rich and deserved praise from both his own and the home team alike.

Arron Campbell topped matters off with a fine knock of 43no as the Club Captain played some elegant shots as only Smith and Rees took wickets for Petherton, but they stuck to their task in the scorching conditions all the same and need to be credited for that.

After a large and tasty tea Trevarthan and Mead cracked 59 in seven overs and were up with the rate they needed; however maintaining this for ten overs is one thing doing it for thirty in this heat was another and it was Arron Campbell who took 3-25 in six overs all told that removed Trevarthan as he tried to sweep and this gave Ben Evett the chance to pouch the first wicket for Wellington as he made good ground from his keeping position.

Soon after Charlie Burrough took a good catch at mid-wicket and Mead was gone and Petherton’s impetus had been checked.

Ben Meek generated fine pace and his classy yorker saw off Briffett and at 65-3 and then 90-4 Wellington were in the box seat with Petherton needing over 200 more to win, but Winter with 28 made for a fightback of sorts for the home side.

When Winter was stumped by Ben Evett off of Connor Wickenden, Petherton were 117-5 and Wellington were hopeful of extracting full bowling points despite the superb batting surface that was on offer; however Smith with 28 saw his side get past 150 before he was bowled off of the first ball that Tyler Fyfe sent down and that was Wellington’s last success as Irish with 50no and Gregory with 25no added an unbroken 55 for Petherton’s seventh wicket to see that Wellington had to settle for 22 points while Petherton took 18.

Wellington had to work hard to get this win and will be glad of the weight of runs that they made for Petherton sure threatened at times to get close.