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1st XI Middle Order Produce Match Winning Performances

1st XI Middle Order Produce Match Winning Performances

Rob Pittman29 Aug - 17:16
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Saturday 19th August

1st XI vs Bashley 1st XI

It's a case of wait and hope for South Wilts, who need either defending champions St Cross Symondians or Burridge to slip in their two remaining matches if they are to make any late impact on the title race.
South Wilts remain third after beating lowly Bashley (Rydal) by 20 runs - a result that leaves them effectively 18 points behind St Cross and ten adrift of second placed Burridge.
But the top two go head-to-head in a probable championship decider at Burridge on Saturday week, September 2, the last round of fixtures.
Bashley, meanwhile, lie eighth from bottom, seven points ahead of Totton & Eling.
Tom Lewis (3-28) and Archie Fairfax-Ross (3-36) bowled South Wilts to victory at Fagan Field, where Bashley worked themselves into a promising position at 177-7 chasing the visitors' 206-8.
Josh Digby (38) and James Trodd were building on the fine earlier work of teenager Finn Gordon (59) whose half-century hinted of a promising cricket career ahead. The Clayesmore youngster is being tipped for a Hampshire Academy berth next season.
But Bashley's last three wickets fell for nine runs and the side to 186 all out.
South Wilts were earlier indebted to skipper Ben Draper (39), who held the middle-order together after five wickets had fallen for 50 runs, James Degg (29) and Jack Mynott having provided a 54-run base.
Matt Falconer (20), Fairfax-Ross (19) and ninth-wicket pair Matt Burton and Tom Grant picked up the pieces from 104-5.

2nd XI vs Havant 2nd XI

Any relegation worries South Wilts had about their second team in SPL3 were finally dismissed with a five-wicket win over promotion chasing Havant II at Bemerton.
The match took a dramatic twist at drinks when Havant collapsed from 94-2 (Ben Feeney 47) to 125 all out – eight wickets falling for 31 runs, five of them to Rob Pittman, who finished with 5-15. South Wilts wobbled, losing three wickets for 12 runs after teenager Thomas Whiting (23) but Havant had made insufficient runs to put them under any meaningful pressure with Sam Pittman's (27*) including 2 maximums saw the game home for South Wilts.

3rd XI vs Longparish 1st XI

4th XI vs Great Durnford 1st XI

Saturday 26th August

1st XI vs Havant 1st XI

​South Wilts are eyeing a second place finish in the ECB Southern Premier League.
They will play their final match at relegation haunted Alton on Saturday (12.30) trailing the top two by 10 points.
But with the lead pair, Burridge and defending champions St Cross Symondians almost level on points and going head-on in a 'winner take all' showdown for the championship, South Wilts will take the runners-up spot, if they win at the Jubilee Ground.
But they can expect a tough afternoon as Alton have just got in the Premier League t20 cup final and are fighting for their lives down the bottom of the table. They need to beat South Wilts if they are to stay up.
It looked bleak for South Wilts when they plunged to 36-5 responding to Havant's modest 168 all out at Bemerton.
​They were put in a terrible spin by Havant left-armer Chris Morgan, whose 4-31 return contained four of the South Wilts top five.
Apart from Ben Walker (1-25), Havant were bereft of seam options, leaving the South Wilts middle-order to combat a four-pronged spin attack.
South Wilts prevailed, with Peter Rowe's first fifty of the season leading a recovery that saw the Bemerton team pull off a remarkable four-wicket win.
Rowe hit 55 not out, thriving in separate stands with teenagers Archie Fairfax-Ross (38) - a match switching 75 or the sixth wicket - and later Matt Falconer, who was unbeaten with 36 as Havant's total was passed with eight overs to spare.
Havant's innings had taken a similar route. They were 77-6 (George Metzger 30) but rallied with youngsters Harrison Barnard (29) and Matty Hayward (29 not out) to the fore after offie Tom Lewis had taken 3-26 and been involved in a run-out.

2nd XI vs Bashley 2nd XI
Game Cancelled - Rain

3rd XI vs Andover 2nd XI

4th XI vs Godshill 1st XI

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