1st XI Lose Opening League Game to Burridge

The 1st XI suffered a 25 run defeat in their first league match of the season at home to Burridge. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first, and they got off to a flying start with Savident and Collings-Wells reaching 62 for 0 from the first 10 overs. The introduction of Steve Warner made the breakthrough South Wilts needed, striking twice in an over removing Savident and Richard Lock for 0.

New signing Arthur Godsal removed Collings-Wells for 69 caught by captain Hibberd. Last season’s leading wicket taker Luke Evans carried on this year with a return of 3/43 off 8 overs. Will Steward held the together the second half of the Burridge innings, eventually being dismissed for 57 with the score on 232. The innings finishing on 240/8. A challenging test to chase for South Wilts.

The South Wilts inning started well with Tom Morton making 17 inside the first 4 overs. When Morton was trapped LBW to McMurray, wickets started to fall. Cowley and Draper went cheap leaving the score 24 for 3. Will Wade was out for 11 with the score on 45. With Jack Mynott and Arthur Godsal at the crease a partnership started to build, the pair had put on 90 when Godsal was the next man out for 30. With Mynott (63) out soon afterwards with the score on 149, the Burridge total of 240 was looking a distance away.

With 90 runs required off the final 10 overs and only 4 wickets in hand, Burridge had control of the game, Hibberd (19), Murray (15) showed good fight. 50 runs needed from the last 4 overs and only 1 wicket remaining, Warner (12*) and Franklin (13*) completed the 50 overs and South Wilts finished 25 runs short. A disappointing start to the league campaign for the 1st XI.

Rob Pittman