Unfortunately problems surrounding Storm Ciara meant that South Wilts U16s arrived at the Ageas with only five players for this latest round of league action.
Having lost the toss Hambleton invited the South Wilts boys to bat first and with the encouraging words of “bat time and don’t do anything crazy” ringing in the boys ears they knuckled down brilliantly batting through for a season high score of 130-4. Will Langdown playing the anchor role to perfection with a superb 34 not out ably supported by all of his teammates.
With spirits raised from the batting performance the lack of a wicket keeper temporarily caused some confusion however Nat Burke and Matt Falconer “agreed” to split the duties as well as bowling. Despite fielding one short , and lacking an experienced keeper, the boys performed heroics to take the game to the last over before a quick blitz saw Hambleton home with three balls to spare.
Buoyed by the efforts in match one South Wilts returned to the field for match two and quickly seized the initiative with three early wickets, including two catches from stand in keeper Nat, before sensible batting from the remaining three batsmen eventually saw Hambleton through to 141/4.
Unfortunately South Wilts only matched their opponents to the level of losing three early wickets however James Brewer (35) and Under 14 debutant Kit Blomfield (15) batted sensibly to take the total through to 82 before they both fell in quick succession when looking to up the run rate.
Whilst it was disappointing to lose both matches the boys applied themselves superbly on the night and were particularly unlucky to lose the first match, in what was by far the best team performance to date, we go again next month with a double header against Bashley where, with the same level of commitment, and an extra player, we will hopefully secure a much needed, and overdue, win.