South Wilts Midweek XI move into the final of the HK Robinson Cup, having inflicted a comfortable defeat on Winterbourne.
Batting first, South Wilts made a decent-enough start, with Owain Philips striking 15 from only 6 balls, and Alec Lloyd making a steady 17. However, the middle-order didn’t fire, which left Rob Pittman leading a lone hand as the innings began to stall. When Pittman was the sixth wicket to fall, 1 run away from the mandatory half-century retirement, only 117 was on the board with less than 5 overs left.
The fact South Wilts made it to 159-6 from their 20 overs can be attributed to Sam Litchfield and Chris Wheeler, who struck 20* and 19* respectively to drag the side to an above-par score. For the visitors, the most successful bowlers were M Griffiths (3-30) and Joe Cranch (2-26).
Winterbourne started slowly with their reply, thanks to tight bowling from Sam Burton and Pittman. The former made the breakthrough in the 4th over, with only 15 on the board. With usual-South Wilts 1st team batsman Cranch being uncharacteristically becalmed at one end, it was left to skipper-Jamie Harvey to take the attack to the bowlers, striking a 40-ball half-century.
However, with Cranch out at 76-2, and Harvey retired, well over 10-an-over was required from the last 5 overs for Winterbourne. Effective death bowling from skipper-Matt Burton, conceding only 16 from his 4 overs, and Pittman meant Winterbourne were 14 runs short in their reply. Tom Bolam took 2-28 for the hosts as Winterbourne finished 145-3.
South Wilts will play Laverstock CC in the final on Wednesday 9th August.