Strong performances from the middle order, and a solid display from all the bowlers, saw South Wilts’ fourth string secure a 146-run victory away to Amport 2nd XI.
Skipper-Matt Anderson-Emm and Ollie Hill rescued a precarious start of 46-3 after winning the toss and batting, taking the score to 113-4 before the former was caught for a well-constructed 40. Tom Bolam, one of several players playing down one team due to the availability of the club that week, then began an onslaught on the Amport attack, striking the ball to all parts as he and Hill put on a century stand for the fifth wicket. Despite Hill eventually falling for senior-best of 69, Bolam kept going and, in partnership with Chris Chaddock (24*), finished unbeaten on 94- the lack of a sophisticated scoreboard unfortunately meant Bolam was unsure of how close to three figures he was.
Wickets for all six bowlers used ensured 275 was always a bridge too far for Amport. Josh Croom and Ben Higton did the damage up-front, while Paul Wylie removed the middle order in taking 3-33, with Amport eventually bowled out for 129 with 7 deliveries of their innings unused.