4th XI Defeat Knight’s Valley

South Wilts 4th team comfortably defeated Knight’s Valley by 170 runs in their latest fixture. 

Batting first, Charlie Smith and Charlie Gent got the team off to a fast start, putting on 36 within the first 5 overs, before Gent fell to Pete Finlay (2-43). Smith and Ed Wordsworth (39) then put on 60 in only 8 overs, before the former was unluckily run-out for a well-made 27. Skipper Matt Anderson-Emm also contributed 31, but the major match-winning partnership came between juniors Chris Chaddock (51) and Ben Higton (62*), who laid the platform for the innings to be finished by Sam Burton and Paul Wylie. 284-9 was the final score, with off-spinner Nathan Small taking 3-52 for the hosts.

The opening attack of Burton and Will Maloney bowled tightly, with only 11 runs coming off the first 5 overs. Burton was unlucky to go wicketless, with a number of edges flying over the slips in a fiery spell. Maloney bowled with great control, which was rewarded with 3 wickets in his 5 overs. First change bowler Paul Wylie continued a good season with the ball, picking up opener Pete Hartwell for a top score of 47, thanks to a sharp catch in the covers by Gent, while Adam Young got amongst the wickets with 2-26 off his 6 overs. Skipper Pete Finlay threatened briefly, hitting 33 off 22 balls, including 3 huge maximums, before succumbing to Gent thanks to Smith’s 2nd stumping of the day. Ben Higton capped off a successful match by taking the final 2 wickets; Knight’s Valley bowled out in the 27th over for 114.

The 4s are away again next week at Winterslow.

Rob Pittman