Swindon won the toss and elected to make first use of the wicket, as is customary on a Sunday. They made a steady start with openers Sore and skipper Williamson (23) putting on 50 at a good rate until Rob Marson
forced a false shot from the latter and did all the work himself by taking the catch as well. This helped to stem the flow of runs and another couple of wickets, one each for Trumper's senior and junior, as well as some accurate bowling from the pair seemed to put Falkland on top. As Swindon aimed to up the rate, a few more risks were taken by the Swindon batters, and this brought a wicket for Joel Martin
, as well as the wicket of Sore, run out by Martin for a patient 68. Shah then came to the wicket and he and Gumm looked to push the score towards 200 before Gumm was caught at the 4th attempt by Pete Stephenson off his own bowling. Shah remained and although he was dismissed by Andy Bolan
in the last over for a quickfire 37, Swindon were able to total a competitve 229-7 from their 42 overs, with all 6 Falkland bowlers claming a wicket each,with the stand out figures of 1-23 by Sam Trumper
and 1-27 by Rob Marson
, both from 7 overs.
Falkland's reply started slowly, as the opening attack from Swindon choose a wide line to bowl to both openers. After the early loss of the in form Phil Piper for 4, Dave Bloor and Andy Bolan
managed to get themselves in and then pick up the run rate as Falkland moved towards 100. Bloor departed for 28, but Bolan remained with the gritty Ben Thomas
, and the score had moved onto 141 in the 28th over when Bolan was eventually stumped off the bowling of young leg spinner Miles, for a composed 59. This was quickly followed by the dismissal of Thomas for 38, the first of Gumm's 5 victims, and as the rate increased, the pressure told on the lower order. Some late hitting from Sam Trumper
(18) and Ben Piper
(15) kept Falkland in touch but when Rob Marson
became Gumm's final victim for 13 to be last man out, Falkland were 24 runs short of their target. Gumm finished with 5-38 and Miles 3-45 as they did the main damage to Falkland's batting line up and Falkland will now need a good performance away at Andover next Sunday as they look to secure the title.