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Saturday Third XI Results 200
Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC

Score

League Opponents Result
5th September 2009
OWCC
230 for 8 wkts
136 all out
Old Wilsonians CC I XI
TWCC lost by 94 runs

   Ten-man Wells visited OWCC and lost the toss, but the home side, who chose to bat, slipped to 25-2 before Pasan Weeraratne (118) rescued his side almost single-handedly. Despite wickets steadily falling at the other end, Weeraratne ploughed on to his century (18 fours and 1 six) out of 192-5, and ensured at least a competitive total, although the visiting attack continued to take wickets to the very end.

   Chris Courtney (4-39) and Jan Ball (3-55) kept Wells in the hunt, and Wilsonians managed to bring the total up to 230-8 as the overs ran out. Without their centurion, the home score would have been in great disarray, as the next-best effort was just 25 from opener Rahul Malik.

   Wells found the going tough against Suminda Balage Don (4-46), only Tim Luckhurst (32) showing that survival was possible, but his dismissal at 51-2 heralded a steady procession apart from a great effort from Makarand Malandkar (68 with 8 fours) which kept the result in doubt for a considerable time. Given almost no support, Malandkar kept the score moving along, and saw the total up to 134-8 before Michael Mitchell (3-21) brought matters to a close at 136. The 94-run defeat was enough to send OWCC to the top of the table, one point clear of their rivals from Betteshanger, and the Championship Title for 2009.

   For Wells, the climb back to KL Status begins afresh for 2010.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

League Opponents Result
31st August 2009
Upper Nevill
135 all out
136 for 8 wkts
Farningham CC I XI
TWCC lost by 2 wkts

   Wells took first knock on a baked track on the Upper Ground, but soon faltered as two good wickets were lost while the score reached 28. Tom Spurling (33) made headway but he, too, lost his wicket in an unreal phase that saw the middle order fall away with Matt Freedman (4-24) breaking the back of the innings.

   After 28 overs, the home scoreline showed a sorry 82-6, but Ben Watts now stood firm in order to fashion a recovery of sorts. Giles Randle (21) showed brief resistance, but the tail otherwise gave little support, and Watts' gallant effort ended undefeated on 45 (six fours and one six) as the innings struggled on to an all-out 135 with eleven overs unused. Just how much a few extra runs would matter was demonstrated in the Farningham reply.

   The chase also suffered early setbacks as Randle (2-15) broke back, and, at 29-3, the Wells attack had reason to be optimistic. Some short and wide bowling then provided the visitors with the chance to rapidly advance, and James Wiles (45) took full advantage, with assistance from Freedman (37) to drive the score on to 101-4. Wells now fought back into the game, and chipped away with four wickets coming as the scores finally drew level. The two bowlers now held their lines, the experienced Mark Thompson, in harness with young Michael Dowding (1-19), were allowed several overs before the winning run, a leg-bye, was scrambled. Farningham narrowly got home with two wickets in hand, and Wells were left with just four points from the match. 

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

League Opponents Result
29th August 2009
Upper Nevill
257 for 6 wkts
258 for 7 wkts
Chislehurst & WK CC I XI
TWCC lost by 3 wkts

   The long battle to stay in the KL was finally decided at The Upper Nevill, but Wells set up the game only to finally lose control of events in the second dig, as the Chislehurst batsmen romped home in the face of a strong target total.

   Victory was the sole objective for the home XI, and they proceeded to put together a safe score as James Sharp crowned a fine year with a League century to bind together the Wells effort. Tom Spurling, with an aggressive vignette of 47, opened up with Sharp as 93 runs were made before the first wicket was taken, and the later batsmen supported Sharp as his epic innings grew. Ben Allatt helped to add 46 for the third stand, and Makarand Malandkar (23) assisted as 53 runs came for the sixth partnership, and this proved to be the final success for the visiting attack. Sharp batted throughout the innings, carrying his bat for 113*, which included 15 fours and two sixes, from 151 balls of determined resistance, and his work ensured that his side was well-placed at 257-6 as the overs ran out.

   The reply was set alight by a 51-ball century from Sandun Dias (11 fours and 6 sixes), whose dismissal at 140-3 was the highpoint for Wells. Hetti Rajapasha (52) took over, and received solid assistance as the target was approached. Giles Randle (2-52) and Stefan Grosvenor (2-47) wheeled away manfully, and a final burst of 3-24 from Ben Watts gave Chislehurst several nervous moments, but the momentum had been established, and the visitors moved past the required total with eight overs and three wickets in hand. Daniel Taylor (33*) saw to the last rites, and the final 48 runs were managed at a gallop.

   The XI face Farningham on BH Monday, and, with the relegation issue settled, can simply enjoy themselves in the final couple of matches.

 

Date   Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC Score

League Opponents Result
22nd August 2009
Farningham
175 all out
110 all out
Farningham CC I XI
TWCC lost by 65 runs

   Farningham elected to bat first, but suffered a triple blow as Wells reduced the score to 22-3 after all but five overs, Giles Randle having captured all three wickets to fall.

   Neal Pittman (47) and Mark Allison (36) began the recovery as 55 runs were added for the fourth wicket, but Steve Green (3-42) and Michael Churchill (2-37) brought the score to a low-point of 125-8, Randle having collected 4-39. A further spell of resistance from Oliver Powell and skipper Graham Cuthbertson dragged the total up to 175 all out.

   The Wells chase featured a solid opening stand of 41 between Tim Luckhurst and Paddy Fyson, but the home attack now put in a decisive spell which resulted in the score crashing to a near-terminal 92-7. Spin was the catalyst as Pittman (4-15) and John Collins (5-27) wreaked havoc with the line-up. Makarand Malandkar and Randle offered brief resistance to the collapse, but the forlorn middle order effort could not be restored. Some fine groundwork and smart catching characterised the home performance, albeit on a helpful surface, and the Wells innings ended sixtyfive runs short at 110 with more than twenty overs unused.

   The game-in-hand may help to mitigate this situation, but victory now in the remaining three matches must be the call if relegation can be avoided, while other results must now assist.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

League Opponents Result
15th August 2009
Radfield Hill
233 for 7 wkts
237 for 4 wkts
Bapchild CC I XI
TWCC lost by 6 wkts

   Wells were put in to bat at Radfield Hill, and were indebted to the experience and skill of Tim Luckhurst as they posted a substantial total that would test the home side.

   Luckhurst stroked eleven fours and one six in a pedigree effort of 92, around which the innings was based, and support came down the list, with Sam Watts (20) best of the lower order. Two early run-outs did not help, but, on a nigh-perfect batting surface, Wells hauled in the maximum batting points while losing only seven wickets, and set Bapchild to make 234 for victory at the end of the 50 overs.

   The reply was sent tumbling as four wickets fell while the score rose into the seventies, Brendon Daly netting two of these, but skipper Ben Fulton was in the form of his life in a prolific season, and had withstood these setbacks. Slowly but surely, Fulton turned the match about, finding staunch support in number six John Heatley (46*), and, ever-accelerating, scorched his way to a sensational century, and a victory without further loss, much to the chagrin of the Wells XI. Fulton carried out his bat for an epic 143* (13 fours and two sixes), sending his 2009 aggregate up to 766 at an average of 95, and bringing home the points by a margin of six wickets as the fifth partnership held through to the very end. Daly and Michael Churchill strove courageously to contain the long fifth stand, while Mark Thompson and Giles Randle gave assistance, but the day belonged to the Bapchild XI.

   Wells have four matches remaining from which to drag themselves out of the dropzone and into the safety of the middle table, and will need to demonstrate the killer instinct to turn promising positions into wins in order to survive. The Bank Holiday match assumes renewed importance as a consequence.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

League Opponents Result
8th August 2009
Upper Nevill
181 for 9 wkts
183 for 9 wkts
Blackheath CC III XI
TWCC won by 1 wkt

   A truly immense game, bottom-of the-table plays top-of-the-table, saw Wells prevail by the narrowest margin as they effectively stalled Blackheath's Championship aspirations.

   The game started with the visitors posting 84 for the opening partnership as Vijay Seevaratnam (43) and Steve Turner (36) made solid headway during the first 23 overs. The Wells attack, led by Oli Reynolds (4-45) broke back to reduce the innings to 121-7 before a late recovery dragged the score up to 181-9 as the overs ran out. Chris Brassington (32*) directed the tail-end rescue, assisted by 'keeper Terry Stark, while Mark Thompson (3-42) and debutant Brendon Daly (2-55) kept the home attack in the hunt.

   The reply tottered to an uninspired 46-5 before Sam Watts showed the spirit to change the game with a resolute and courageous 64 (11 fours) despite the nagging inroads worked by Brassington (3-59) and Daniel Carter (4-33). Watts added 101 for the sixth wicket with Jan Ball (35) in a match-turning effort lasting through seventeen overs, yet, despite these heroics, 36 runs were still needed from little more than ten overs with just three wickets standing. Daly added a vital 16 before man-of-the-moment Michael Churchill saw his side through with the last man at the wicket, taking out his bat for a doughty and nerveless 28 (four fours and one six) as Wells crept past the target total to win by one wicket.

   This was an amazing match with many incidents, but played out in great spirit : the result enabled the Wells XI to lift themselves from the foot of the table for the first time in 2009, and, with the game-in-hand, to finally see the possibility of League survival. For Blackheath, the tilt at the Championship remains open, and the run-in promises much good cricket from both sides. For Wells, Watts and Churchill will long rememember the encounter and the parts they played in a splendid team effort.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

League Opponents Result
25th July 2009
Upper Nevill
171 all out
152 all out
Betteshanger CC I XI
TWCC lost by 19 runs

   Wells won the toss, and asked the visitors to bat, there being likely movement for the predominantly seam attack after the rains in the week.

   The track indeed proved to be helpful to the bowlers, and Betteshanger slipped to 81-5 as Ben Watts (3-23) showed fine form. Gareth Leese (4-18), on a rare return visit to the Club, was very impressive, but the good work was somewhat undone as the lower order rallied when 53 runs came from the seventh stand. Jamie Towe (37) marshalled the recovery, which was snuffed out when Mark Thompson (2-34) ended the resistance at 171.

   The chase moved unsteadily to 41-2, and several batsmen made starts, only to be removed when seemingly set for better things. Michael McNicholas (4-44) played a pivotal part in the Betteshanger fightback, and all looked to be over as Wells subsided to 114-8. Thompson (28*) now joined Giles Randle to put up a gallant 37-run ninth partnership, but too much had been left to be done, and the visitors snatched a closely contested 19-run win with just three overs remaining.

   Still languishing at the foot of the table, the result was a jolt to the recent form shown by the XI, and the chances of survival suffered a setback which can only be overcome by further successes.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents Score

TWCC

Score

League Opponents Result
18th July 2009
Offham CC
176 all out
180 for 5 wkts
Offham CC I XI
TWCC won by 5 wkts

   Offham chose to bat first on their home ground, and all seemed to be going well as the score moved serenely to 88-1 after 19 overs, with skipper Graham Razey (35) well-set after Tom Gittings (38) had led off solidly.

   The Wells attack now took charge of the game, and breakthroughs came at just the right times to prevent the match slipping away, as the total was exactly doubled for the loss of the remaining wickets. Caspian Paget (3-16) was the catalyst, with great support coming from Chris Courtney (3-41) and Rob Sharma (2-53). Adam Kent (26*) tried desperately to restore the balance of the innings, but the visiting bowlers were not to be thwarted, the target total emerging as 177 to win after 47.2 overs. This was a vital chance for Wells, who again had to chase the runs in order to gain a much-needed second victory.

   The reply featured a splendid knock of 41 from James Sharp, who posted 48 with Stefan Grosvenor for the opening stand, yet the home attack took three major wickets as the score stuttered to 116, before returning skipper BJ Allatt played a decisive innings to see his side home. Allatt anchored the faltering chase with a resolute undefeated 52 which brought in the 16 points, as Wells passed the home score with five wickets down and just nine balls remaining. Sam Watts (33) had played a significant role in the earlier play, while Makarand Malandkar (20) added 49 with Allatt in the dying overs. A fine team effort was thus handsomely rewarded as the side set out to restore their fortunes in the recently-reached KL Fifth Division, with a game-in-hand to potentially assist in August.

   Wells are now fighting back from the dismal start to the campaign, and the newly-found winning habit will need to be continued as the great escape is founded. The confidence within the XI gives good reason to suppose that this can be accomplished.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

League Opponents Result
11th July 2009
Upper Nevill
202 for 8 wkts
203 for 6 wkts
Macknade CC I XI
TWCC won by 4 wkts

   A delay to the start, caused by incomplete pitch readiness, reduced the match format to 92 overs, and a sensational game was played out, which ebbed and flowed throughout, being crowned by a virtuoso innings from the returning Rob Sharma, who saw his side home with just five balls to spare.

   New skipper Mark Thompson inspired his team from the start, knowing that a win was imperative, and put in Macknade upon winning the toss. Giles Randle and Sharma quickly reduced the innings to 48-3, but a captain's knock from Steve Taylor (87) gave evidence of a long batting line-up as the rescue was effected. 74 runs then came with Scott Davenport for the fourth stand, and the lower order further assisted Taylor before Wells fought back. Thompson himself (3-41) led the way, and 155-4 was held to 202-8 as the overs ended. This was a splendid turn-about for Wells, and now their batsmen had work to do.

   The reply stuttered to an unconvincing 106-6 after 30 overs, but Sharma was ominously still undefeated on 33, and at length a steady partner was found in Randle as these two set about the victory charge. 97 were needed from 96 balls, and the visiting bowlers had every reason to be optimistic, yet gradually the partnership flourished. Sharma moved effortlessly to 50 in a blitz of boundaries, but the battling attack had narrowed the equation to 71 from six overs. Sharma now seized the initiative and took 22 from the 41st over, followed by 21 in the 43rd, and suddenly 24 from 18 was the requirement. Sharma's maiden League century came with his fourth six, and the last over arrived with just six to get, and the first ball was despatched over the fence for a wonderful win from a great chase. Randle had stayed throughout for an unbeaten 16, and a new Club seventh partnership of 97* was created as the game ended on a high note for the home XI. Sharma's remarkable run-a-ball not out 112 contained 13 fours and five sixes.

   16 points were the reward for these heroics, but the team must repeat the dose several times before safety in the Division is guaranteed. Nonetheless, the start has been made.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

League Opponents Result
4th July 2009
Upper Nevill
299 for 4 wkts
260 all out
Old Wilsonians CC I XI
TWCC lost by 39 runs

   The visiting batsmen enjoyed nigh-on perfect batting conditions after winning the toss and choosing to bat, although Wells did manage two early wickets at the outset.

   From 56-2, Old Wilsonians pulled away in prolific fashion as Suminda Balage Don (59) partnered Pasan Weeraratne in adding over 160 runs for the third stand. The full range of the Wells attack was put to the sword, and the short upper boundary was particularly favoured. Eleven sixes and 13 fours were crashed in all, and a formidable total was the consequence. Weeraratne moved serenely to a dominating 152 before veteran Paddy Phelan had him well caught, but the Wells groundwork wilted during the inevitable leather-chasing, with several chances being floored. The final overs saw the total raised to 299-4 and a declaration set a daunting target in 56 possible overs.

   The reply featured fighting efforts from skipper BJ Allatt (45) and Makarand Malandkar (49), with a pathfinding 86 from Sam Watts, and for much of the available time the chase posed a grave threat. Watts was finally run-out, and the innings lost momentum with Michael Mitchell and Balage Don taking full advantage. At one point the score stood at 242-5 from 41 overs, but this proved to be a high-point as the innings tumbled to 260 all out after 47.

   The defeat completed a dismal run in 2009, but little dishonour attached to the effort, for, with just a little more overall application, the game might well have had a different outcome.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

League Opponents Result
27th June 2009
Chislehurst
248 for 8 wkts
153 for 5 wkts
Chislehurst & WKCC I XI
Incomplete Game

   The home side took first knock in great heat and humidity after winning the toss, and, only towards the latter stages pressed home their advantage as the     Wells attack strove manfully to contain them.

An early wicket slowed the progress at the outset, but Sandun Dias (52) received solid assistance as the score moved to the hundred mark with three down, and the tussle became tense as Mark Thompson (3-58) put in a destructive second spell to reduce the effort to 155-6. The home innings was boosted by a hard-hit 60 from Paul Crowdy, and only the veteran Paddy Phelan (2-40) was able to control the late batsmen as the score was taken to 248-8 at the cut-off.

   The reply was hit by a violent downpour, although play was continued in dreadful conditions for some while. The Wells batsmen managed to reach 153-5 before the match was discontinued, James Sharp and Oli Reynolds being seen to advantage. Dias (4-70) was the most effective home bowler.

   Thus the points were shared in an incomplete game, and Wells took their first proper haul of the season, having required a bat-second win to stay apace of their requirements, but, with a game in hand, can only get better in the final matches as they attempt to retain their newly-gained status in the Kent League.


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

League Opponents Result
6th June 2009
Royal Artillery Ground
55 all out
58 for 1 wkt
Blackheath CC III XI
TWCC lost by 9 wkts

   There being no accompanying Umpire, Wells forfeited the toss, and had to bat first on an unsatisfactory surface made awkward after the recent rainfall.

Unsurprisingly, although James Sharp played well for a brief time, the innings was never able to make headway against tight bowling that was accurately directed. Daniel Carter (4-10) ripped out the early order, aided by James Martin (3-10), and there was no recovery despite a lone double-figure score from Michael Churchill (17) as the innings subsided to an all-out 55 from just 22.1 overs.

   The reply suffered an early setback, but, with so little to defend, the Wells attack was quickly dealt with, skipper Hamish Purdy and Steve Turner adding a quickfire undefeated 57 to win the game. The chase required just over eleven overs to wrap up matters, the whole game occupying little more than two hours of play. The visitors remain firmly at the bottom of the table as a result of this reverse.

 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

League Opponents Result
30th May 2009
Upper Nevill
231 for 8 wkts
233 for 5 wkts
Old Brockleians CC I XI
TWCC lost by 5 wkts

   After a late start occasioned by the visitors becoming snarled up in the local traffic, Wells won the toss and batted on a track that progressively became better and better.

   Some initial movement gave the attack two early breakthroughs, yet James Sharp and skipper Ben Allatt defied the demons in the wicket to add 57 runs for the third partnership. A mini-collapse then ensued, however a staunch and measured riposte from Elliott Hughes removed the threat of fiasco, as, with Wes Bryce-Borthwick (49), 102 runs were put together for the sixth stand. The consolidation was continued when Hughes was joined by Ben Watts, and an eventual target of 232 was set, after Hughes had taken out his bat for an heroic not out 77 (11 fours).

   The reply was soon in trouble, and the Old Brocks early order slumped to 74-4 as Mark Thompson (2-54) took control. At last the batsmen showed resolve, and, aided by missed chances, Olly Barnes and Paul Reeves pulled away in a match-turning stand that realised 139 hard-fought runs for the fifth wicket. Reeves undertook the anchor role while Barnes lost no opportunity to accelerate, hitting up a daring 104 as the home attack wilted before the onslaught. Reeves (56*) saw to the win after Barnes departed at 213, while Wells, having done so much to set up the game, had the frustration of seeing their efforts again in vain.

   The defeat left the XI firmly entrenched at the bottom of the table, and, despite the obvious strengths within the side, much to do to rise out of the doldrums.


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

League Opponents Result
25th May 2009
Upper Nevill
70 all out
74 for 2 wkts
Bapchild CC I XI
TWCC lost by 8 wkts

   Bapchild came to the Car Park Ground as much in need of points as were the home side, and, choosing to field upon winning the toss, made short work of the Wells batsmen.

   Emmerson Wood and young Tom Dowding alone managed to reach double figures as the innings was taken apart by a varied attack led by Adam Larking, who returned the remarkable figures of 4-10 from eight overs. The score reached 40-3 without undue alarm, yet the next seven overs produced five wickets while just six runs were added, and the effort was in freefall. Dowding then set about restoring some dignity to the scoreline, putting on 23 with Percy Watts for the ninth wicket, but the damage had been done, and the last wicket was taken at 70 after a mere 27.4 overs.

   The Bapchild reply was anchored by John Heatley, who saw his side home with a patient undefeated 37 (6 fours), and, while the home attack struck twice, too little leeway was available with so small a target total, and the end came up after 26 overs with eight wickets in hand.

   The total eclipse of the XI was something of a surprise, and has only sharpened the need for immediate improvement, in order that the fear of relegation does not become a reality.


 

Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

League Opponents Result
23rd May 2009
Betteshanger
196 for 8 wkts
198 for 7 wkts
Betteshanger CC I XI
TWCC lost by 3 wkts

   Having forfeited the toss, Wells were asked to bat first, but were rocked by the loss of two quick wickets. Emmerson Wood, with a forthright and stylish half-century, led a recovery, assisted by skipper Ben Allatt (37) in a third partnership of 64, although conditions were never easy, with the home attack always posing a threat to the unwary. The youthful Tom Dowding (38) and Wes Bryce-Borthwick now fought hard to take the score along to 178-5, adding 67 for the sixth stand, but the late rush for points just missed the 200-mark, a seemingly competitive final total of 196-8 being reached.

   The Wells attack was thwarted when the opening batsmen chanced their arm in posting a daring if daunting 93 before the breakthrough came, but they fought their way back in bringing the score down to 147-5 after 35 overs. The pressure was now back on the lower order, and a fine tussle ensued for supremacy. At length, the home innings passed the target total, with just four overs remaining, despite the visiting bowlers fighting to the very end, excellent spells coming from Bryce-Borthwick and Michael Churchill. Barry Clark's knock of 43 at the outset had been vital in the outcome, and seven wickets were lost in a tense chase.

   The XI remain at the foot of the table, and will need to turn much promise into fulfillment as they protect their hard-won status in the Kent League.

 

Date  Venue

Opponents
Score

TWCC

Score

League Opponents Result
16th May 2009
Upper Nevill
287 for 6 wkts
98 all out
Offham CC I XI
TWCC lost by 189 runs

   Played out on the hastily-repaired Upper Ground, the game saw the Offham First XI win the toss and bat so effectively that a very impressive total was managed which included three half-centuries, Ben Gittings unluckily ending on an undefeated 98*. The massive victory that ensued owed much to this avalanche of runs, but the home batting was somewhat dismal in the face of a confident attack.

   Wells snatched an early wicket, but the visitors' top order pulled away in consolidation at an alarming rate as Tom Gittings (66) led the way, supported by Leonard Watt (52) as the bowling was mastered in overwhelming manner. Ben Gittings joined in the run-spree from 107-2, his steady effort providing the backbone of the innings while the later batsmen hit out. Mark Thompson (3-63) persevered manfully, although the balance of the attack was severely hammered as the score advanced to 287-6 as the overs ran out.

   The reply never really got going, despite some middle order resistance, and reached 88-5 before Simon Hallbrook (4-19) cleaned up the tail in short order, with Wells failing even to reach three figures. David Pinkstone, following his maiden century earlier in the year, top-scored with 26, and received assistance from Makarand Malandkar, Callum Wood (24) having averted a complete eclipse at the start. The remaining members of the Offham attack all prospered, sharing out the wickets, and a defeat for Wells was administered by 189 runs, with the innings occupying just 26.2 overs.


Date  Venue

TWCC
Score

Opponents

Score

League Opponents Result
9th May 2009
Macknade
143 all out
148 for 4 wkts
Macknade CC I XI
TWCC lost by 6 wkts

   Wells' third string visited Macknade for their first foray into KL territory proper, and, while enduring a chastening experience first-up, came away with many positives, and the knowledge of just what is required at the new level.

Batting first after losing the toss, Wells slipped to 24-3 before Elliott Hughes (33) and James Sharp consolidated the effort as 59 runs were added, but the canny home attack then broke the back of the innings with five wickets while just nine runs were added. A magnificent rearguard was then founded upon the work of number ten youngster Ben Watts (33), whose mature innings was supported by the tail so well that 49 more runs were posted, although the end came with some three overs unused. Former skipper David Wells assisted fully in the recovery, which lasted defiantly through eighteen overs, with 22 added for the last stand as Percy Watts stood firm. The skilful Jamie Rigden (5-26) took the honours for the attack, while the early damage had been done by Kaylem Short and James Jarrett, with follow-up from Phil Rowcroft, and the target set was a seemingly modest 143 for victory. 

   The home reply subsided swiftly as three quick wickets tumbled on the testing track, but the momentum could not be sustained by Wells. The vastly experienced Short withstood the early troubles, and, partnered by the pugnacious Lee Rigden (37), saw to a match-turning partnership that passed the hundred mark without further mishap, and, with L.Rigden's dismissal, Scott Davenport hastened the victory charge, Short carrying out his bat for an undefeated 55 as the win was posted. The crescendo of scoring towards the end meant that the total set was passed in just 33 overs, Wells' options in attack being limited by insufficient runs in the bank, and the spinners were unable to arrest the trend in the closing phase.

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