STAPLEGROVE successfully defended the Terry Mockridge Shield on home soil on Monday evening after a 24-run victory over Chard. 

The Grove made 177-8, man of the match Henry Graydon top scoring with 49, before restricting Chard to 153-8 in reply.

It has been a tough league season for the side so far, as they currently sit bottom of WEPL Somerset, so the Shield victory was a much-needed boost and they will hope it provides the spark to mount a great escape.

Somerset County Gazette:

STAR MAN: Jon Kerslake (left) presents the man of the match award to Staplegrove's Henry Graydon

IT was an all action affair at Wellington on Wednesday evening when the Red and Blacks took on Somerset League Division Three leaders Trull in the quarter finals of the Somerset Cricket Board's Intermediate Knockout Cup, writes David Derrick.

With run rates of nearly nine an over and seven an over on show in the two innings, the bat was certainly in the ascendancy.

Trull were on the back foot somewhat at 14-2 as openers Sapey and Parker were dismissed to give Arron Campbell and Jack Beal early reward.

A knock of 52 from Gibbs got Trull going and gave them impetus to push on to a big score with Barrett's blistering 32 adding to this as well as Gould's 15.

Wellington caught well on the whole, but there were chances to remove both Gibbs and Gould and these, while not costing an overt amount of runs, would certainly have improved their position in the game.

Luke Desave (3-34) and Macaulay Campbell (3-21) bowled well late on as did Jack Beal, whose four overs cost just 23 runs.

Wellington had to attack from the off but found themselves at 12-3.

A fifth wicket stand of 43 between Sam Whitefield and Aks Latifi gave hope to Wellington and with just over 100 more needed at the halfway stage anything was possible.

But Whitefield, having made a fine 43 and Latifi, with a solid 21, were both out within a run of each other and from then on Stone's left arm spinners, which had gone for 10 in his first over, took 4-4 in 13 balls to see that Wellington were all out for 95 in 14.1 overs.