Junior Reports

South Wilts Under 11s kept up their winning form with a convincing 55 run win at Potterne.

Sam Reeve struck 34 to ease South Wilts to 51-2 but then a suicidal spell saw four run outs and the visitors slipped to 69-6. Thomas Barrett then hit 32 not out to take South Wilts to 129-9 off 20 overs.

Potterne’s reply was destroyed at the start by Finn White who took 3-3. Only an abundance of wides and no balls kept the home side ticking over before they closed on 74-8. Arthur Moore picked up 2-2 whilst there were further wickets for Thomas Barrett and Harry Shardlow.

The Under 13s meanwhile lost a tight encounter down in East Devon.
South Wilts were invited to make first use of a lively looking strip following the long drive down to Seaton made a steady, if unspectacular start with just 16 runs added against the Devon opening bowlers. The fall of the first wicket however saw an incredible collapse as the away side slumped to 37/7 as a combination of continued good bowling, poor running and poor shot selection made a very early finish to a long drive look highly likely.
Ollie Bate and Nat Burke however led a superb rearguard action as they initially dug in to stop the situation getting worse before taking the game back to the Devon bowlers as they added 60 for the 8th wicket before Bate fell for an excellent 25. With Will Langdown joining Burke the tail continued to wag as the pair added another 34 runs before Burke fell for 47. The innings ended as it had began with another mix up seeing a third run out. Ben Davies was the pick of the home attack with 5/1/11/3.
Whilst looking to defend a below par 131 all out was always going to be difficult South Wilts took to the field hoping East Devon would find life equally tricky against the new ball and at 47/3 the game was finally balanced however the inability to remove Devon opener Lilley, or to slow the attacking flow of Cragg saw this pair add 62 for the fourth wicket which ultimately took the game away from the visitors. Although both Cragg (25) and Lilley (57) fell in quick succession Bailey and Soellar saw Devon home with seven overs to spare.
Josh Luedicke (4/0/10/2) and Charlie Knight (2/1/3/2) were the pick of the South Wilts attack which battled hard but ultimately came up short in attempting to pull off an unlikely victory as East Devon took a well deserved four wicket win.

Rob Pittman