Wellington score T20 triumph

By Mark Pritchett in Cricket

WELLINGTON bounced back from a low scoring defeat at Staplegrove on Saturday to stun Taunton Deane and Minehead in the National T20 competition at the Playing Field the following day.

Wellington, who have never gone beyond the first round stage before, coasted to a six-wicket win over Taunton Deane before beating Minehead by 65 runs a few hours later. Full reports inside.

The previous day Wellington missed out on a good chance to record their first WEPL Somerset Division win of the season when they lost by just 11 runs at Staplegrove .

On winning the toss Staplegrove batted first and were bowled out for 139 with Neil Hendy taking 5-16 and Arron Campbell 4-21.

Wellington needed 140 to win, but some debatable officiating dealt them, it is felt, three blows at varying part of their innings and these made a critical difference.

Alex Sparks with 25 and Mark Bray with a most decent 34 played well against a difficult backdrop but, one way or another, wickets were lost and although Neil Hendy and Ian Hewson, as Wellington’s last pair, added a defiant 17 runs the game was over when Hendy was caught behind for 16 to see that the Red and Blacks took six points to Staplegrove’s sixteen.

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