The sun came out at Lower Bemerton when the South Wilts 3rd XI played host to Hartley Wintneys 2nd string in Hampshire County Division 3 North last weekend.
Returning home captain Jody Everett won the toss and elected to bat on another superbly prepared wicket by groundsman Tom Cowley.
The home side stuttered to 79 for 4 after the first 17 overs. With Wall making a valuable 44 and Kidd (in his last appearance of the season) 23.
Russell Rowe had made 13 when he was unluckily run out as his bat jammed in the pitch marks. The removal of Rowe brought the ever spritely Jon Burton and Tom Bolam together and the two home batsmen took full advantage and batted with purpose and aplomb to take the home side over the vital 225 point to securely the last batting point.
Burton was out in the penultimate over for a classy 71 with Bolam the not out batsman due to his fluent 76 not out. The pair putting on a partnership of 130 runs together which meant that South Wilts finished on a competitive 253 for 6 in their allotted 45 overs.
At the resumption of play after the tea break it was down to the young guns to bowl at the opposition. The promising James wade with his seamers and the ever improving spin variations from Akram Ghauri only allowing the home side to muster 37 runs in the first 12 overs.
Tom Bolam then picked the ball up and although not fully fit and off a shortened run up bowled his left arm seam in one 10 over spell which helped tie the HW batters down. All made starts but were unable to take the run rate on and we’re still a long way behind the required rate (Porter 33, Kerr 32, Arnold 28 and Bowles 26). The classy leg spin of Jack Richards removing the top 3 batsman which ultimately helped to turn the tide of the match in South Wilts favour finishing with figures of 3 for 43
Millward then put some energy into his and Hartley Wintneys innings playing fluently around the ground making a solid 50 until he was removed by the returning Wade. The Wiltshire junior ripped through the lower order finishing with excellent figures of 3 for 38. Dan Wall chipped in with 2 for 32 also which helped bring the home side over the line and gain a much needed win.
It was an all round good performance from the team that lifted them four places in the table with the chance of repeating last seasons league finish of last year which is what Captain Everett and his side will be aiming for.
South Wilts 4ths remain in the promotion hunt in Regional 2 West after a 101 run over Beaulieu.
On a difficult wicket with an entirely Under 19 side, South Wilts showed admirable application to recover from 46-3 to post 214-6. 13 year old Ed Wade hit a solid 32 but Lewis Rutledge’s 83 proved crucial.
Beaulieu lost regular wickets and were all out for 113 in the 31st over with spinners Ben Higton and Henry Davis taking 3 and 2 wickets respectively.