Cranch & Pearce break records as 2nd XI Survive

South Wilts second team pair Tom Pearce (left) and Joe Cranch (right) have written themselves into the Southern Premier League record books by compiling a triple-century stand against relegated Division 2 visitors Langley Manor at Bemerton.

They shared an unbroken third-wicket stand of 319 – Pearce hitting 109 (16 fours) and Cranch an unbeaten 185 (two sixes and 26 fours) – as South Wilts piled up 327-2 before dismissing Langley Manor (chasing a rain reduced 301 off 46 overs) for 142 (Steve Harris 56).  Matt Burton took 5-50.  Before the stand, openers Sam Arnold and Steve Riddle had gone for ducks !
​It is the second highest partnership in SPL history – only surpassed by Burridge openers Alex Styles and Derek Kenway against Paultons in 2012 – and only the fourth time a 300-run stand has been posted.

James Hayward