Unfortunately our road to Lords was stopped at the first hurdle this year with defeat to Swindon in the Wiltshire Indoor Cricket Finals.
A round robin format between South Wilts, Swindon & Biddestone at Pewsey Vale Community centre.
With Swindon comfortably beating Biddestone in the first match of the day, we needed a victory against Swindon to give us a chance of progressing through the Wiltshire finals.
South Wilts won the toss and elected to bowl first, and at the half way stage of the Swindon innings the game was evenly poised at 48/1 off 6 overs. Matt Burton the pick of the South Wilts bowlers picking up 2 wickets. A couple of good overs in the late stages of the inning Swindon finished on 121/5.
With a solid start required, the run chase got off to the worse possible start loosing Draper & Cranch early. A rebuild job from Pittman & Cowley took the score to 55 off 8 overs. With the run rate increasing from accurate Swindon bowling the run chase was quickly becoming harder to chase down. Innings closed on 78 all put off he final ball with Pittman (42) & Cowley (28). Well done to Swindon who performed better on the day.
With the chance to gain pride back South Wilts went into the second game against Biddestone looking to show what makes us a very competitive indoor cricket team.
Winning the toss for the second game running South Wilts chose to bat first. Pittman & Draper got off to a flyer both retiring inside the first 6 overs with the score 77/0 at the halfway stage. Cranch looked to keep the score ticking along but was dismissed just as he was getting going. Cowley & Marc Burton then kept the pressure on the Biddestone attack running well and taking advantage of some sloppy fielding, both retiring on 27. Openers Pittman & Draper continued the onslaught right the way to the end and both finished unbeaten on 44 each. A mammoth Score of 176/2 from 12 overs set.
With the task so big the pressure was always on Biddestone to score quickly and take chances. With both Burton’s bowling tight the target quickly got away from the opposition and collapsed to 48/4. Some resistance from Biddestone’s opener who batted all the way through to finish passing 50. The task was always to great and with tight and accurate bowling Matt Burton 2/16, Cowley 1/23, Marc Burton 1/28, South Wilts eased to a 80 run win.
2020 wasn’t to be for the indoor team in their quest to reach a second Lords Finals in consecutive years. Congratulations to Swindon and good luck in the next stages.