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Wellington Sunday XI put in a strong all round performance at West Somerset Division Two side Stogumber last weekend as the runs flowed and the wickets tumbled in the warm sunshine.
Wellington batted first and saw Robin Davies and Tom Hawkings add 23 first wicket runs as the short off side boundaries came into play; they were breached many time as Alex Sparks hit 104 with eight sixes in quick time.
Good middle order runs from Des Campbell with 33 and Ollie Wilkins with 38 set the platform for Rob Moysey with 62no to take Wellington to within one run of 300 in their forty overs.
Stogumber batted at a good pace, but lost wickets all the time as Ollie Wilkins and Macaulay Campbell removed the top five in eleven overs with 2-28 and 2-21 between them.
Home skipper D.Godfrey with 23 and B.Howe with 38no added gloss to Stogumber’ s innings, but good leg spin from Ben Evett, Alex Troake and Rob Moysey saw the game was over with 14.2 overs left as three run outs were effected by Wellington.
This was an excellent game between the two sides as youth and experience combined well at Wellington Playing Field to see WEPL Premier Two side Taunton Deane win out by 2 runs in a game that went to the last ball.
Deane opted to bat first and lost a wicket first ball as Arron Campbell gave his cousin Macaulay a hand by catching a looping effort at point; Shepherd and Mynett with 38 and 23 added 59 good second wicket runs and this was ended by a good show from Alex Troake as he played his first game in two years and took 3-44 in 8 good overs – an outstanding catch from Rob Moysey in the covers will stick in the mind.
George Hooper with 2-11 did a good job in the middle part of the innings as did Ollie Wilkins whose five overs cost just seven runs.
Scott Davey with 2-33 in seven overs did well on his first bowl of the season.
At 144-8 Wellington should have seen the innings out, but McFarland and Crosland added 40 for the ninth wicket and this was crucial to the Deane posting 187 all out in 39 of their 40 overs.
Robin Davies and Aks Latifi with an opening stand of 42 gave Wellington a great base to go on from, but the fine left arm spin of McFarland with 4-13 in 8 overs saw the score dip to 73-4 before a 62 run fifth wicket stand between Rob Moysey with 39 and Ollie Wilkins with 42no got the Red and Blacks back into the game and made for a frantic finish to the game; the last ball came with Wellington needing four to tie and five to win, but only two were scored and Taunton Deane had a win by the same margin to go home with.
A great game that showed there is still a place in the sport for old fashioned non league encounters.
Wellington Midweek XI hosted Kenty touring side Newington in a 20/20 match last Friday evening and in between heavy showers and glorious sunshine the tourists won by 19 runs.
Choosing to bat first Newington got off to a good start as Khan with 23 and J.Perry with 30 added 52 for their first wicket before Ben Evett’s leg spinners got two wickets quite close together.
J.Overbury’s quickfire 36 got Newington to an imposing 137-4 in 18 overs as some overs were lost to rain.
Macaulay Campbell and Jack Beal took the other wickets for Wellington.
The highlight of Wellington’s innings was Tom Hawkings who carried his bat for 50no; he worked the ball well around the whole arena and deserved his success.
Rob Moysey with 15, Des Campbell with 18 and James Bath with 12 all made good contributions with the bat for Wellington too as they ran out of overs at 118-4.
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Sidmouth posted the highest ever total conceded by Wellington in any form of the game last Sunday when a strong side turned out for the Devon Premier League champions, but Wellington still had enough about to make the game a full one.
Sidmouth batted first and saw L.Bess with 75 and D.Lines with 21 into their stride early as they used a perfect batting strip as is usually the case at Fortfield; the breakthrough came from Macaulay Campbell when Lines hit one high in the air and Rob Moysey took a good catch.
Sidmouth’s overseas player Jones – from Australia – made a second Sunday ton against a Somerset side in a week after taking 160 from Chard he made 148 against Wellington – the figures tell a story of a fine knock.
Sidmouth continued to rack up the runs through Mansfield with 52, but Wellington rallied with Rob Moysey’s 4-63 seeing late wickets were taken by the Red and Blacks.
Rob Moysey and Alex Sparks played their shots and with Sidmouth using a very attacking field the ball sped to the boundary; a 54 run second wicket stand was the total here.
A nasty head injury was suffered by Sidmouth player Dalton when he was hit by a ball pulled by Luke Vernon, but all was alright in the end.
Aks Latifi with 43 and Des Campbell with a feisty 23 got Wellington into the 160s, but the spin of Miles and D.Bess spun Wellington out for 179 with six overs left.