Last weekend we traveled for our second friendly vs HCL County 3 North counterparts Steeple Langford.
The weather was perfect for cricket and both sides enjoyed the sun throughout the day.
Steeple Langford won the toss and batted first. South Wilts welcomed back Sam Burton for his first game of the season who opened the bowling with Tom Bolam. It’s was a steady start from the away side and good to see Burton (0/33) and Bolam (1/24) with the new ball. Ben Fisher (2-27) and the ever reliable Tom Lewis (1/10 from 5) were the pick of the bowlers with support from Alec Lloyd.
Wickets fell at regular intervals but Nick Partridge smashed a quick fire 25 until smashing the ball to short mid on for 25. South Wilts but were conceding numerous extras throughout the innings which would make a difference in the end! Coming in at 5, G. Smith came to the crease and after a shaky start looked to despatch the ever learning South Wilts attack to all parts ending up with an unbeaten 106. Steeple Langford managing to reach 226 for 8 which included 47 extras.
Bowlers were switched at regular intervals and looked at prior to the league season starting in less than two weeks.
In reply there was a steady start from the Salisbury side with Tom Berzins making a claim by making a fluent half century (55) along with Lloyd again (37) but after a while the home side squeezed the field well making sure that any good shots were not piercing the fielding ring.
With the removal of Berzins and Lloyd the batting faultered with the rate climbing ever higher. Ben Richards (27) the only one to get any kind of start.
With this result it leaves plenty to work on for before next weekend where we welcome Winterbourne CC to the Academy Ground where all concerned will be looking for a better result. Onwards and upwards as they say!