Mike leads Wrington to opening league victory

Wrington batsman Mike Clements top scored for his side in the victory against Combe Down.

AFTER last year’s disappointing season, a new enthusiastic captain and a few new faces were needed at Wrington.

Wrington were asked to bat first by Combe Down with Davenport and Yeates making a steady start before both were bowled when well set, leaving Mike Clements and John Cooles to rebuild.

However, wickets continued to fall and it needed a bright 22 from Jamie Marsden to inject some urgency into the innings with Mike Clements cementing the innings, eventually ending up 93 not out.

On a variable pitch, 201 looked a winning total especially as Cooles’ first three overs were all maidens and two good catches from McMullen and Davenport reduced Coombe Down to 13-2.

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With Matthew Beck bowling well, it took a counter attack from Andrew and Tom Hulbert to get the home side back into the game. The game was settled by Wrington’s change bowlers with captain Dan Tapson bowling superbly to claim four cheap wickets, including the vital wicket of top scorer Andrew Hulbert, yorked for 39.

Sam Fowkes and Adam Love claimed the remaining three wickets to see Wrington run out easy 103-run winners.

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With the man of the match given the right to organise the pre-match motivational music, next week looks like being Nat King Cole after Clements’ 93 not out, but it may not be long before we hear Daft Punk blaring from the changing room if all the new youngsters fulfil their potential.

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