Wellington secured the Somerset Cricket League title for 2012 when they obtained 28 points from this drawn game with Middlezoy last weekend; with the fact that their nearest challengers Ashbrittle saw their match at Kilmington and Stourton washed away as was the case with North Petherton at home to Cheddar Paul Short’s side are 43 points clear with one to play and cannot be caught.
It is a fair reward for the effort, commitment and good quality play that the side has shown all season and they can now look forward to playing at the West of England Premier League (Somerset) level in 2013.
As for this game it was a desire to play on the part of both sides that saw it played; one horrendous shower at 11.00am has made the ground be awash and the mopping up began – two more rain breaks saw 17 overs lost and Wellington were asked to bat.
Paul Short and Marc Holloway added a cautious 29 as Wellington knew that points gathering was vital as the games concerning those around them were off; for Middlezoy Barnard and Warren were bowling well with plenty of variety and the stand was broken at 29 when Holloway was caught at short cover for 15.
Alex Sparks attacked to the tune of 49 and his skipper made a good 35 as Wellington had gathered six batting points when Michael Gill was out.
Rob Moysey with 15 and then a fine 51 run stand between Aks Latifi with 31no and Neil Hendy with 20no saw Wellington to ten points and a tea that was taken after 6.00pm; it was then a case of Middlezoy seeing out 28 overs for a draw and by this point Wellington had enough in the bag to know they were champions.
No Middlezoy player made double figures and it was 30 extras that made them get as many as they did – Michael Gill, who has confirmed his intention to come back for a third season in four with the Red and Blacks in 2013, took 2-14 in 5 overs and there were wickets for Thom Trott, Indika Weerawarna, Rob Moysey and George Hooper as the game limped to a dark and soggy end, but the sun has shone on Wellington in 2012 and they are where they wish to be after a gap of over a decade.