Underpowered Leek Wootton 2nd XI failed to defend a below par total of 164/2 against Welford, as they limped to a 6 wicket defeat with seven overs unused in the visitors’ successful chase.
Opting to batt first on a hard, true wicket, Wootton openers Ben Bramley (61) and Scott Jones (36) compiled a watchful partnership of 96 in 33 overs, but were unable to release the handbrake at any point. Bramley was eventually dismissed in the 44th over. The seemingly innocuous Welford bowling was given too much respect and Wootton’s total always seemed well short. Wily left arm orthodox spinner Ed Gough was the pick of the Welford bowlers with his figures of 10-3-20-0.
The visitors’ chase was fuelled primarily by skipper Will Gough (23), and an unbroken partnership of 48 between C Farrow (46*) and G Mason (32*). Seamer Dan McKenzie (10-1-35-3) briefly threatened to tip the balance Wootton’s way, but as tempers and discipline frayed, Wootton were unable to get a real foothold in what had been seen as a winnable game.