South Wilts 4XI’s winning streak came to an end at the hands of Shrewton 2s in the latest round of games.
Having won the toss and decided to bat, South Wilts found scoring, or even staying in, difficult throughout on a very dry pitch that offered variety for seamers and sharp turn for spinners. Ex-South Wilts quick George Plank impressed on his return to Lower Bemerton, taking 2-15 in a spell lasting 7 straight overs, while left-arm spinner Dan Pownall found conditions very much to his liking, taking 3-3. The only notable contributions with the bat were from the returning Nick Easterbrook, who batted positively in scoring 30, and, for the 3rd week in a row, Chris Chaddock with 24. Both batsmen were unfortunate in their dismissals, receiving an unplayable delivery and being a victim of a needless run-out respectively. South Wilts were bowled out for 120 inside 35 overs- a score likely 40 below par.
Under the guidance of experienced skipper Russell Rowe, all the bowlers put in a very strong performance in fighting to the very end. Josh Croom struck twice with the new ball to dismiss both openers cheaply, while fellow opening bowler Ben Higton was unfortunate to only pick up one wicket in his 10 over spell that conceded only 25. When a wicket for Chaddock and a double strike for Adam Young had Shrewton 88-6, it looked like South Wilts could pull off a miracle win. However, Kieran Jones (43*) and Pownall (23*) were able to see the visitors home by 4 wickets, aided by a sub-par performance by the South Wilts fielders throughout the run-chase.
The 4s are at home again next week to Totton and Eling’s 3rd string.