WEPL Somerset
North Perrott (203ao) beat Wembdon (162ao) by 41 runs

WEMBDON 1st XI suffered a 41-run defeat to North Perrott in their opening game of their WEPL Somerset season, writes Dan Bingham.

Having chosen to field, Wembdon made a great start as Matt Hubbard had captain and minor counties player Gordon Whorlow superbly caught behind by a diving Jae Stone for 1.

The Wembdon skipper Jonathan Brockwell was among the wickets early on as well as Perrott were reduced to 9-2.

A stand of 80 runs for the third wicket helped rebuild the innings, albeit at a slow rate against some economical bowling by Bingham, Henry, Sellick and James-Stone. 

Marshall-James eventually departed for 48, stumped off Henry, but danger man Symes remained and made life difficult for the Wembdon attack.

Wickets did fall at regular intervals at the back end of the innings, Symes eventually departing for a classy 80. 

North Perrott were eventually dismissed off the final ball of the innings for a competitive 203, with Brockwell the pick of the bowlers with 3-32 from his 10 overs.

In reply,, Wembdon lost two early wickets as Lowe and Puddy departed to leave the hosts 23-2.

A stand of 50 between opener Dan Bingham and Brockwell rebuilt the innings before a mistimed pull saw Brockwell go for 25 and Vickery went soon after for 13 to a good low catch.

Josh Henry joined Bingham, who soon brought up his half century, and the pair added 56 runs for the fifth wicket.

With the run rate increasing Wembdon had six wickets in hand, requiring 60 from the final 10 overs. 

Searching for boundaries Bingham eventually departed, caught in the deep for 63, and Henry soon followed for 31. 

Despite the efforts of the lower order the innings fizzled out, as six wickets were lost for just 16 runs.

Victories were secured by Wembdon 2nd XI versus Kilmington (16-year-old Will Anning 63*) and 3rd XI against Kilmington 2nds (50s for Steve Pigden, Keith Futcher and Craig Savage), while the 4th XI had a 12-run defeat away at Churchill.

Wembdon would like to thank all who supported the club in its first ever home game at The Green - this coming Saturday, the 1st XI take on Bridgwater 2s in a local derby, while the 2nd XI will host Bagborough from 1.30pm.