Bowling dominance sets up win for 3rd XI

The last week of the HCL season had the South Wilts 3rd xi travelling away to take on Overton in County Division 3 North.

South Wilts won the toss and asked the home side to bat first on what appeared to be a green wicket.

This call from away captain Jody Everett seemed an even better decision as both Sam Burton and James Wade made early inroads into the home batting attack.

The Salisbury side bowled well and we’re miserly in the field with only three overton batters getting into double figures (Patel 27, Watts 23 and number 11, Smith 18).

James Wade finished a successful campaign with figures of 4 for 30 along with a great spell of swing bowling from Sam Burton who chipped in with 3 for 18.

Overton were blown away for 113 within 28 overs.

In reply South Wilts lost the two openers early with home captain Watts taking both wickets until he caught and bowled by a fierce straight shot from the ever improving Archie Knight which although was an excellent catch he had potentially broken two fingers and had to be taken to hospital.

Dan Wall made a stoic and effective 17 to steady the ship.

It was yet again the introduction of Tom Bolam and Jon Burton that made the difference in the end as they both batted with poise and urgency taking the game well and truly away from the home side.

Unfortunately Bolam was attempting to hit the ball into the near by tennis court when he skied one off Johnson and was caught well by Kent for a very well made 37.

To the crease then came 3rd team debutante and leading 4th team batter Ed Wade who looked to continue his excellent form with the bat this season with a very well made 19 not out.

The winning runs though came in the 30th over from the blade of the ever consistent and so offer our match winner Jon Burton. He despatched the ball to the boundary for 6 runs finishing 24 not out.

With this win the 3rd team finished a very respectable 6th in the table playing two if not three games fewer than other teams in the division. The side ended the season only 0.04 average points behind the fifth placed side which would have matched last year’s finish with a very different side.