2s slump to defeat away to Bashley

South wilts 2nd team slumped to a disappointing defeat away to bashley 2nds on saturday.

Having won 3 on the trot south wilts were in buoyant mood. However bashley had their own agenda, knowing only a win would do to keep their survival ambitions alive.

With a strengthened line up, bashley were quickly in the groove having won the toss and batted. Openers Thurgood and Morris setting an early platform bringing 50 up inside 10 overs. 

The visitors fielding was to let them down throughout the innings and runs were to continue to flow. Wickets were hard to come by on a decent track but as has been the trend lately, south wilts were able to just stick in and find regular wickets. 

At 170-6 bashley appeared below the required score but a handy partnership between Patrick Lewis 56 and Neil Taylor 34 was to change the momentum, seeing Bashley post a slightly above par score of 270, Rob Pittman 2/56.

Paul Draper 1-40 was tidy, and George Plank in his first 2nd team game of the season was to show promise, 0-46 off his 8 overs.

In reply, it seemed the south wilts batsmen were to revert back to the indifferent form shown earlier in the season. The top 3 were all dismissed in a soft manner, and at 40-4 the game was all but over. Inform Arnold and Pearce were to show some promise but when Pearce departed for 16, it was only Arnold 56, who made a notable contribution. 

South wilts 160 all out, Draper 29 not out capping off a solid performance from him on the day, with Bashley’s overseas player Gavin Bailiff claiming 4-23.

Whilst it was a lacklustre performance, south wilts know a win next week could see them finish 4th to end a very successful 2016 campaign in their first season in division 2.