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Harry's the Hero.... Whilst 2s Remain Unbeaten

Harry's the Hero.... Whilst 2s Remain Unbeaten

Rob Pittman23 May - 09:50
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1st XI vs St Cross 1st XI

Harry Broderick powered a boundary-strewn 78 off 50 deliveries to lead a successful South Wilts run chase against ECB Southern Premier League title favourites St Cross Symondians at Winchester’s tree-lined Green Jackets ground.

He cleared the boundary rope five times and struck eight other fours before being adjudged lbw at 134-3, with South Wilts still 80 runs short of overhauling a St Cross total of 217.

But unlike a week earlier when South Wilts bungled a similar run chase against Bournemouth, the Bemerton middle-order dug in and got the side home by three wickets with almost eight overs to spare.

Broderick said: “I had a fire in my belly at St Cross as I was still annoyed about the way we lost to Bournemouth, so I got really stuck in. I was pleased with the way I struck the ball and felt good for a big one, especially with so much time to spare.”

Broderick’s 78 was the second “special” innings of the match - Gregor McKenzie lighting up the afternoon session with a brutal 82, five big sixes and seven boundaries, 58 of his runs crossing the rope.

McKenzie lost two early partners before sharing an all left-hand 90-run stand with Charlie Gwynn (40), the latter playing some flowing shots before feathering a catch behind to Ben Draper.

McKenzie continued to go aerial and added more useful runs with former Lymington and Warminster gloveman Gareth Shreuder (36) before holing out to Broderick in the deep.

The scoring was so quick it seemed St Cross might get 300. Instead, they collapsed with three wickets falling for seven runs and, as South Wilts took the pace off the ball, Archie Fairfax-Ross (3-17) and James Degg (2-30) closed the innings at 217, with two overs still to be bowled.

Harry Trussler and Joe Lovett struck some late lusty blows, but how competitive a score of 217 was remained to be seen.

Tom Cheater and Degg made starts as South Wilts made a breezy response, but Broderick got to the crease early and soon dominated. He added 77 with Matt Falconer of which the young left-hander made 16.

Broderick looked capable of winning the match single-handedly as he powered 62 of his 78 runs in boundaries. He departed at 134-3 to leave South Wilts middle-order vulnerable but, though several of the later batsmen surrendered their wickets, Draper and Ben Howgrave-Graham made key runs as the target was chased down.

2nd XI vs Paultons 1st XI

Laurence Yeo and Alex Vincent [left] hit fifties as South Wilts seconds beat Paultons by 23 runs to strengthen their hold on the Southern Premier Division 3 leadership. It was South Wilts' third straight win, a commendable start to the season after the player upheavals at Wilton Road.

Max Allen (41) and the influential Tom Pearce (28) gave South Wilts a sound start against Paultons before Yeo (57 not out) and 16-year old Vincent (50) made half-centuries to ease the total to 227-8 (Peter Lamb 3-42).

Rob Pike (70) dominated at the top of Paultons' order and with teenager Ethan Longland (52) put the visitors in a promising position at 125-4, but Pearce produced a spell of 4-27 to bowl the side out for 204.

3rd XI vs Oakley 1st XI

4th XI vs Broadchalke 1st XI

SPCL T20 Cup - Round 1
1st XI vs Gosport 1st XI

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