Junior Match Reports

South Wilts Under 15s completed a league and cup double after rain forced the abandonment of their final game.

The weather has been the scourge of the Wiltshire Youth Cricket League with a large number of fixtures being wiped out by the consistent rainfall of the last two months.

With the Under 15 league title to be decided on the last day between unbeaten South Wilts and second placed Corsham, every effort was made to play despite the weekend’s rain. In persistent rain and wind the accuracy of Josh Croom (2-21) and Jayden Atkinson (6 overs for 8) caused problems for the visiting top order.

Callum Sandell (55) battled hard and alongside Josh Stanley (20) rescued his side. Chris Chaddock (1-10 off 6) and Ben Higton kept the run rate down. 

Eddie Stagg returned to pick up 2 wickets and George Edwards 1 as Corsham slumped to 112-6. However with 5 overs left the wind and rain stepped up a final gear! The 36th over became farcical for the fielding side as Corsham were forced off at 124-6.

With the rain now constant, no further play was possible meaning that South Wilts finished as league champions. It was a disappointing way to end a great season that saw them win all league games completed and win the County Cup. Their only defeat came in the Regional Finals when the weather once again did cricket no favours.

The Under 13s meanwhile finished third in their league. An early season defeat to Swindon followed by a string of postponements and forfeitures meant that coming to the last game with Winsley, a win for either side would see them grab the title. However, the rain was once again the winner meaning Swindon stayed on top of the table. However, like the U15s they did win the County Cup.

The Under 11s finished 2nd in their league. Coming to the final game of the season, they could not overhaul leaders Swindon but could gain some revenge for an earlier defeat. However, rain again prevented play!

The Under 11Bs, a mixture of 9s and 10s, had a good season and gave a first experience of hard ball cricket to a number of boys. Their 3rd place finish was a credit to the good cricket played.

Rob Pittman