South Wilts 2nd XI travelled to Langley Manor on Saturday knowing a win was much needed. However poor availability yet again, led to numerous changes being made to the side, as well as the loss of captain Rob Pittman to the 1st team.
Langley Manor were quick to have a bowl on a wicket that looked short of preparation given the wet weather all week, however, South Wilts knew if they could see off the first 10-12 overs they could go about setting a score. This plan was quickly in tatters though, thanks to an inspired spell by opening bowler Nick Wheeler. Having removed Henry Smith in the 3rd over, captain for the day Tom Pearce was on the receiving end of a poor decision caught behind and when Alex Baum was trapped lbw next ball at 8-3, the innings and match was already hanging by a thread for the visitors.
Luke Hansford, Steve Kidd and Marc Burton were the only players to get into double figures and when Wheeler was to finish his 10 overs, 8-20, 5 of which being clean bowled, 58-9 turned into 75 all out, with just over half the overs bowled. In truth the wicket offered plenty, however some inadequate batting and inexperience showed in abundance for the young second team.
In reply, just the 3 seamers were used by South Wilts, all who put in a super effort. Matt Burton and James Wade both with 2 wickets each gave the visitors the smallest of hope but with such a meagre total on the board, the hope soon faded with Langley knocking off the runs in 14 overs.
With availability seemingly improving within the next week or 2, the second team know things can quickly change around, and all of the squad will be working hard to ensure this happens sooner rather than later.