In this seasons ECB National Knockout we faced fellow Wiltshire side Potterne at their unique ground. With 40 yard boundaries all the way around the outfit a run feast was on the cards. After we beat the same side 2 seasons ago in the National knockout cup Potterne were after revenge.
Potterne won the toss and elected to bat first in conditions they are well used to. Opening the bowling for South Wilts was Ryan Murray and Steve Booth, these two both bowled exceptional spells of seam bowling.
Booth made the early break through removing opener Josh De Souza clean bowled for 3. Murray (8-1-22-1) bowled with great control without any reward, whilst Booth (9-3-30-2) the picked up the big wicket of Potterne captain Tom Cullen again clean bowled for 25.
Restricting the batting side to limited boundary opportunities on what is a postage stamp of a pitch was a credit to the way we bowled and fielded during the 15 over powerplay.
First change bowlers Matt Burton and Luke Evans continued with the pressure not allowing the batsmen anything loose to work with. Straight after the drinks break Matt Burton picked up the prized wicket of former Sarisbury Athletic batsmen Basil Akram for 36 with the score on 103.
Evans bowled his 9 overs straight through picking up 2 wicket and conceding only 29 runs in the process. With the introduction of captain Rob Pittman, off spin was going to be a test on the size of boundary to play with. Picking up 2 wickets and only conceding 40 runs from his 9 overs was a very good effort.
Matt Burton and Ryan Murray finished the innings with some excellent death bowling, Burton was exceptional producing a fine display of slower balls to remove the lower order. The innings closed on 187 all out, but with a slow over rate we were penalised 18 runs so the total to chase was 206 to win from 45 overs.
South Wilts openers Joe Cranch and Ben Draper got off to a fast start against some good opening bowlers of Potterne. Both of them latching onto any bad balls hitting a flurry of boundaries in the first 10 overs, South Wilts raced to 64 for 0 from 10 overs.
With the score on 68, Cranch was the first to depart, caught behind wicket keeper Cullen off the bowling of Akram. South Wilts new boy Alex Baum joined Draper at the crease and carried on with the onslaught, pulling his second ball for 6 into the next farm was a sign of things to come.
With more fast scoring, Draper reached 46 when he departed, hitting 9 boundaries. Making his 1st XI debut, Alec Lloyd joined Baum at the crease. Alec showed great maturity for a young lad, and batted very sensible ticking the score over with almost a run a ball 16 not out.
Baum was out for a fine 35 from 25 balls, which brought Hayward to the crease with the score on 138 for 3. Hayward decided he wasn’t going to mess around, and went about reaching the Potterne total in as little time possible. With the clean striking he quickly raced to 41 off 18 balls including 4x4s and 3x6s. Hayward was caught on the boundary with 20 runs to win, but Sam Pittman came to the crease and quickly knocked off the remaining runs scoring 17 from 8 balls with a four and a six to his name, walking off the pitch with young Alec Lloyd 16 not out.
A great team performance from South Wilts, with everybody contributing to a successful day. We now host Sarisbury Athletic in the next round at home on Sunday 14th May, 1pm start. Please come down and support the team.