South Wilts returned to home field last week when they hosted Portsmouth 2s in Hampshire League County 2. A fixture that the side could only dream about two or three years ago.
It was a baking hot day and there was no hesitation when the decision was made for the unbeaten Home side to bat first on a used wicket when Captain Jody Everett won the toss.
Lloyd went quickly, but Prescott (40) and young all rounder Wade (43) batted with authority in the view of parents, visiting grandparents and with a junior county coach looking on. The second wicket fell in the 11th over with the score on a run a ball 67.
Joe Weld strode to the wicket and set about the Pompey attack with confidence and authority. Weld put the away sides bowlers under pressure from ball one, ably supported by the in form Rob Crossley (37). The ball was disappearing to all parts of the Academy Ground, with Weld looking in imperious form. The beleaguered bowlers did well to keep going under a baking sun and a batsman in the mood to take on all comers.
At the end of the home side’s 45 overs, South Wilts had amassed 294 with Weld ending the innings 117 not out, which included 17 fours as well 6 sixes! An innings enjoyed by several onlookers as well as his team mates knowing that Portsmouth would need over 6.5 runs per over from ball one of their reply!
After the tea break the home side turned to their experienced bowlers to open the innings and they were tidy from the offset and took their first scalp in the fourth over when Ghauri grabbed the catch from Marc Burtons bowling (8-0-33-1).
The south coast side battled well and Jamie Mitchell (64) held the bristling home side attack at bay although with such a large total to chase, never really went after the bowling.
Akram Ghauri then took the ball himself, and on a turning track returned very economical figures on a day when the ball sailed to the boundary if it pierced the outfield (9-0-27-1).
Then the man of the hour got into the action and to top off a fantastic day, Weld took 3 Portsmouth wickets for just 6 runs with South Wilts looking to bowl the opposition out and claim maximum points.
Unfortunately this was not to be, with Portsmouth ending up on 182-8. However, it was enough for another win, which makes it 7 wins out of 7 for Everett’s men and strengthens their position in second position behind Bedhampton, who beat Old Basing who were in third at the start of the day.
Weld was the stand out performer on the day and it was great to watch such positive batting from the boundary edge.
This coming weekend we are home again and entertain Sarisbury 2nd XI and we are looking to continue these positive results for another week at least!