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.