South Wilts 4th XI are back to winning ways, having comprehensively defeated Totton and Eling 3rd XI by 67 runs in their latest home fixture.
Having lost the toss, South Wilts were put in to bat on a fresh pitch with overcast conditions. Despite what seemed to be factors in the bowlers favour, the South Wilts openers were able to put on 56 for the first wicket inside 12 overs. Charlie Smith batted sensibly in seeing off the new ball, while Archie Knight decided to tee-off and spread the attacking fields set. However, both openers were back in the pavilion in quick succession when first Knight played one shot too many to be bowled for a quick-fire 30, and Smith received a good ball to fall for 21. This left the score at 79-2 in 17 overs.
The next 18 overs saw Totton bowl themselves somewhat back into the game, as only 82 runs came from the next 18 overs for the loss of 6 middle-order wickets. Only Russell Rowe contributed during this period of play, with a typically fluent day’s high score of 40. Elliot Clayton was the main destroyer for the visitors, with 4-41. However, yet again younger players stepped up, with Tom Swanton and Josh Croom adding 41 in 5 overs to get South Wilts to an above-par score. Having lifted the score to 199 in the final over, Swanton was the final man out for a well-made 33.
Totton and Eling never looked like chasing 200 due to a solid performance from all the bowlers. Josh Croom picked up an early wicket, while Matt Burton, playing for the 4s due to work commitments, kept scoring tight in a quick opening spell. However, it was the spin-twins of Ben Higton and Matt Anderson-Emm who created most damage, taking 3 wickets each and going for only 46 runs in 19 overs combined. There was also a wicket each for Burton and Adam Young, with Croom taking the final wicket to bowl Totton out for 132 in the final over.