Wrington create a cup upset

WRINGTON moved into the second round of the Somerset Minor Cup with a massive upset by beating Bridgewater 3rds in thrilling last over victory.

WRINGTON moved into the second round of the Somerset Minor Cup with a massive upset by beating Bridgewater 3rds in thrilling last over victory.

Taking a young side, skipper Micky Edmunds blooded several 15-year-, showing his confidence by giving the new ball to Lewis Yule after winning the toss.

The opening pair of Hallaran and Wytts started well by putting on 31 runs in the first three overs before Wytts was removed by a catch at point by Mike Clements from the bowling of A Lovatt. This brought Kitch to the crease and the pair moved to 87 in the 13th over, before Kitch was bowled by Daniel Taylor.

As the run rate slowed due to tight bowling by Yule and Edmunds, Hallaran took the fight back after the bowling changes of Tim Ledbury and Dan Taylor were introduced, scoring 19 in Ledbury's third over. Hallaran was finally removed by Edmunds for 75 as Bridgwater finished on 154-.

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Wrington lost Williams in the second over, but this brought Edmunds to the wicket who played a brutal innings. With Clements playing a masterful anchoring innings at the other end, Wrington reached 100 in the 13th over before Edmunds was bowled in the15th over for 52.

Needing 40 from the last five overs with eight wickets in hand, Ed Farrow supported Clements, who finished on 63 not out, scoring the winning runs with five balls to spare.

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Wrington's home derby match against Backwell Flax Bourton saw the visitors asked to bat first.

An excellent opening spell from Anton Lovatt 7-3-5-2 removed both openers. It was only Adam Burn and Howe from the Backwell top batting order who got starts, but were also removed by catches from Adam Whiting and Adam Ford of the bowling of M Edmunds (8-2-32-3) and Ed Farrow (8-1-21-4), leaving Backwell 57-6.

Sensing the visitors could be removed cheaply, captain Tim Ledbury increased the pressure. However, the tail didn't summit so easily and added 40 runs for last three wickets with Pete Beale being the thorn to the Wrington side scoring an unbeaten 28 as Backwell reached 116 all out in the 32nd.

With the increasing prospect of rain, openers of Mike Clements and Ledbury took to the field with a sense of urgency to knock the runs off. However, Clements was removed in the second over off the bowling of Hill. This brought Edmunds to the wicket, the pair looking for their third 100-run partnership of the season.

However, as Backwell found, it was hard to build an innings as boundaries were plenty, but the usual quick running and singles in Clements and Edmunds innings were not there on the day.

Edmunds scored 27 before being bowled by captain Joyce. A small collapse followed with the lose of Farrow and Clements (28), leaving Wrington 67- 4.

With Clements being caught by keeper Burn, this brought father and son Marshall Clements (20 not out) and Marshall Clements Junior (26 not out) to the wicket as Wrington secured the victory in the 26th over.

On Saturday, Wrington travel to Mells with a barbecue at the Rec on their return where the Seconds play Weston 4ths with the bar opening at 5pm.

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