The much anticipated local derby between South Wilts 3rd XI and Steeple Langford turned into an anti-climax as a weakened bowling attack for South Wilts rolled Steeple Langford out for an eye-watering 47 in 24 overs. If it weren’t for 2 dropped catches from senior players the score would have been lower. At this rate, with the totals from opposition batting lineups dropping every week, next week’s opposition – Tichborne Park 2nd XI – should be bowled out for less than 30. No pressure then!
The highlight of the Steeple Langford innings was extras (12), closely followed by Luke Emm on 11. Once again, the story of the season for the Thirds is the quality of the bowling performance as shown by 4 of the 10 wickets being bowled and only 3 wides being given away. The pick of the bunch was Akram Ghauri (4 for 7 from 4.4 overs). He was ably backed up by yet another excellent performance from Tom Bolam (2 for 6 from 8 overs). Ben Fisher and Tom Lewis also chipped in with 2 wickets each.
Having turned round straightaway, the South Wilts batting line-up knocked off the total in 17 overs with the loss of 4 wickets to decamp for a bite of early tea. Batting wasn’t plain sailing, but Ed Wade (17) and Alec Lloyd (15) made sure most of the total was dealt with.
I’m sure the Thirds batting line-up will fire at some point this season, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. At the moment it doesn’t seem to matter with the form all of the bowlers are in. Next week South Wilts 3rd XI will host Tichborne 2nd XI. Tell the tea ladies to be ready early.