The U15 Lions took on Wellington for the second time in three days in a re-arranged league game on Tuesday night.
Batting first, openers Taylor Flitton (21) & Will Baverstock (18) set off at a good pace before Taylor was bowled by Ben Wardell in fifth over. Jacob Searle (11) maintained the impetus with a couple of good boundaries. The introduction of spin brought some better fortune for Wellington as first Will Baverstock top-edged Derbridge’s long hop and was caught by Callum Hendy at mid-wicket. James Weymouth then bowled Jacob in the following over to see the Lions reduced to 61-3. Wickets in successive balls saw Tom Small (0) bowled & Harry Love (0) caught at backward square leg by Williams to give Derbridge three wickets. Josh Thomas (43) continued to play aggressively striking nine boundaries to keep the score moving. A brief visit from Ben Chaffey (9), caught by Ollie Hunt at long off of the returning Wardell saw the Lions at 87-6. U13 Bryce Bedingfield (21*) hit the ball well in his innings and when Josh Thomas departed at 127-7 in the 16th over he and Aman Rao (42, eight 4s & a six) used the remaining four overs to advance the Lions score to178-8. Aman was stumped off the last ball by Jacob Hurry to give James Weymouth a second wicket.
A daunting score to chase down was made even more difficult when Charlie Hawkins (0) was run out by Taylor Flitton and then theduving Jacob Hurry (1) was short off his crease an he too departed. At 19-2, Callum Hendy (35) & Ben Wardell (14) looked to get the innings going as Henry Hudson 4-1-24-0, Bryce Bedingfield 2-0-14-0 & Harrison Hambly 4-1-5-1 made scoring difficult. It was Harrison, the pick of the seamers, who made the next breakthrough when he bowled Wardell in the eighth over to see Wellington at 47-3.Ollie Hunt (6) then mistimed a drive to Ben Chaffey at short extra cover to give Harry Love 3-0-18-1 his wicket. A fine throw from the deep cover boundary by Bryce Bedingfield accounted for the stranded Alex Derbridge and he was run out without troubling the scorers. Callum was then bowled around his legs by Tom Small 3-1-14-1 to leave Wellington 85-6. Tom Shannon (14) & James Weymouth (17*) Put together a useful 25 run partnership, but overs were running out. Will Baverstock 2-0-6-1 bowled Shannon in the last over and finally Ollie Hansard (0) was run out off the final ball to see Wellington 68 runs short on 110-8 after their 20 overs.
A good and pleasing win with batting, bowling, fielding contributions from the whole team. Thanks, once again to Mark Salter and Wellington for hosting a very enjoyable game and to Andy Baverstock for umpiring the first innings and scoring with Rupert the second innings.
Youth Cricket Manager
Taunton Deane CC