This was a fine riposte by Wellington as they secured a 41 run win in their opening home West of England Premier League Somerset Division game last weekend and provided the best response going following the previous week’s disappointment at Ilton.
Wembdon – runners up last season – asked Wellington to bat first and the visitors struck early when Neil Hendy was adjudged LBW, but in the showery and damp conditions Paul Short and Aks Latifi prospered against a Wembdon attack that employed many bowling changes and they got Wellington to 53-1 when two overs were lost from the game; Short was out for 22 with just one more run added.
Sam Murdock joined Latifi and played a mature knock of 19 that contributed to a stand of 66 for Wellington’s third wicket; by now Latifi was playing with freedom and mixed delicate glances with his trademark forcing game.
In the end he made 95 and was caught on the boundary going for glory.
Tom Baycock – who had a fine all round game – made a feisty 24 that saw Wellington to 213 all out in 49 overs – for Wembdon Gower took 5-46 in eight overs of ‘mixed’ leg spin.
Wembdon’s reply started well as Gower and Puddy put on 68 for the first wicket until Rob Moysey induced Puddy to hit hard once too often and Tom Baycock took a good catch.
Wembdon had wickets in hand, but they got bogged down and by having to force the rate they were always liable to lose wickets and they did; another wicket for Rob Moysey as he took 2-35 in 10 overs opened up the middle order and with Neil Hendy letting just 20 runs go in 10 overs Wellington were in control.
Paul Short with 1-35 (the wicket of Gower for 41) and Tom Baycock with 4-34 saw the game was ended in the last over when George Hooper – who fielded excellently – ran out Watts.
Wellington took 19 points from the game and Wembdon 8 and the side are away to Winscombe on Saturday.