U15s Beaten in Regional Semi Final

South Wilts Under 15s efforts to reach the National Finals suffered a damp end as they lost in the Regional Finals.

After a four match winning streak which encompassed the Wiltshire County Cup win over Chippenham and then a terrific Regional Playoff win over Gloucestershire Champions Dumbleton, the team travelled to Millfield School in the hope that they could emulate the 2015 squad who reached the National Finals.

Unfortunately, the arrival was greeted by a soaking wicket and uncut outfield. Clearly the toss for the semi-final with Welsh Champions Lisvane was going to be crucial and so it proved as South Wilts lost the toss and were asked to bat.

The outfield had been cut by the time of the start but needed time to dry and so run-making was very difficult for the first 10 overs. The wicket dried quickly but bowling was a huge advantage and South Wilts could only muster 60 all out.

Lisvane found the going no easier and with a target of only 20 more, South Wilts might have fancied their chances, but despite taking early wickets, the total was insufficient to create any pressure. Lisvane reached their target in the 18th over for the loss of four wickets.

A disappointing end to the knockout was made worse by the fact that it then poured down and their third/fourth playoff against Hampshire Champions Hook was postponed.

The final was put back to the following Sunday and Exmouth comfortably defeated Lisvane to move on to the National Finals.

Rob Pittman