Wellington 3rd XI 169-8 South Petherton 2nd XI 170-3

Wellington 3rd XI took this Somerset League Division Seven South game to the wire at early season leaders South Petherton 2nd XI last weekend, but came out with a seven wicket loss with just over three overs to spare for the home side.

After David Derrick was out with the score on seven Wellington’s third string, who had been put into bat, saw Dave Luxton, making his first appearance of the season, and Andy Hurry add 93 second wicket runs in good style with Hurry making 45 of these.

Skipper Des Campbell and Luxton got the Red and Blacks further into three figure territory with knocks of 21 and 54 respectively and at 151-3 Wellington were looking to push on to 180 or so, but Hughes with 4-23 in 8 overs checked these ambitions and only 18 more runs were forthcoming all told.

Edmunds with 3-25 in 8 overs bowled well in two spells.

From the off Boulton gave the ball a fearsome whack as he got Petherton’s innings off to a flyer, although both Ryan Henwood and Tyler Fyfe did bowl well with the new ball; in the end he was trapped LBW for 41 by Andy Hurry who took 1-18 in 8 overs.

Brooks with 18 anchored the Petherton innings and others played around his solidity as Wookey with 18 did good work for the home side too.

Overs left were getting less and less and had Wellington got a couple of more wickets then things may have been different, but Edmunds completed a fine all round game by making 43no in good time and this saw his side over the line and to 34 points despite Tom Shannon collecting a wicket through Jacob Hurry’s good catch as keeper.

Wellington took 11 points for their efforts and are ninth in the table at this early juncture.