Wellington 199-5 Taunton 130-9

Wellington produced another stellar T20 show on Monday evening when they travelled to take on WEPL Premier Two (Bristol and Somerset Division) side Taunton in the First Round of the Somerset Cricket Board’s Major Knockout Cup and Arron Campbell’s side did well in all areas of the game once more and unseated one of the premier County Town sides for the second time in a week following their Baker Cup First Round win over holders Taunton Deane A seven days earlier.

On winning the toss Wellington decided to bat first and saw Ben Evett and Sam Whitefield get going well against the pacy Taunton attack as they added 73 for the first wicket with both lifting the ball over the boundary during this passage of play.

Evett went for a well made 37 to be the first Wellington wicket to fall as Whitefield continued to a fine 43 and this let Jack Beal play with power once more as he hit a fluent 78 with four sixes in another clean display of hitting; Arron Campbell with 10 and Luke Desave with 20 got the Red and Blacks to one short of 200 at the end of their 20 overs.

Will Abell, brother of Somerset CCC Captain Tom, was Taunton’s most successful bowler with 2-39 in four overs.

This game was played on Taunton CC’s nursery ground and this is as good a track as many around the circuit and Wellington knew that they had to bowl well and field smart even though the required run rate was 10 per over from the off.

Varun Rohilla with 60 was the only home batsman to really get a foothold in the game as Wellington pressured from the off as Arron Campbell and Luke Desave struck early to make it 14-2.

Sam Whitefield, who is in great form all round at the moment, took 5-21 in four excellent overs of off spin and this dampened any thoughts of a home win as Wellington caught well too as Will Derrick and Lewis Sparks showed in the outfield and Ben Evett did behind the sticks.

Macaulay Campbell was active in the field as was evidenced by his fine efforts on the boundary.

Neil Hendy and Nathan Roberts saw the game out for Wellington as George Rowe and Tom Blackmore added an unbroken 15 for Taunton’s last wicket.

Wellington move into the Second Round and this will see them host fellow WEPL Somerset Division side North Petherton as they play each other for the third time in three different T20 competitions in the first half of the 2019 season.

The Quarter Final of the Baker Cup between the two sides takes place on Monday 3rd June with the date for the SCB Major KO Cup game to be set.