South Wilts 3rd XI continued their winning run with a complete bowling, fielding and batting performance against Hook and Newnham Basics 3rd XI when they hosted them at the Academy Ground last Saturday (10th June). All six bowlers put in a solid economic display with Ben Fisher (3 for 28 from 10 overs) leading the attack. Alec Lloyd guided South Wilts (65 no) to a comfortable 8 wicket victory as they chased down Hook’s total of 147 for 8 with 14 overs to spare.
Hook skipper, Vince Gardener (37), together with youngster Josh May were the only resistance in the Hook batting lineup, putting on 63 for the second wicket. Only when Gardener was given out lbw did the wheels start to come off, and when Barry Goodman decided to take a quick single to Darren Sargent at mid-wicket Josh May’s fate was sealed with a direct hit run out. Fielding in the deep from Ben Richards and within the ring was consistently high. That, combined with accurate bowling, made batting difficult. Ben Richards snaffled two wickets near the end in just three overs, but the opening bowlers of Ben Huntley (1 for 31 from 10 overs) and Ben Fisher together with Akram Ghauri (1 for 26 from 10 overs) and Tom Lewis (0 for 35 from 10 overs) set the tone for the whole innings.
South Wilts wasted no time in reply and the openers of Darren Sargent and Alec Lloyd put on 52 in 9 overs. Lloyd continued his authoritative batting after Sargent was trapped lbw at the crease for the second week in a row. Lloyd and Wade (38) put on 85 for the second wicket when the diminutive Wade was caught in the deep trying and failing to reach the graveyard. The innings was finished at a canter and the vastly improved 3rd XI expect good things when they visit Chawton next week who are just 2 places above them.