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Weekend Roundup Monday 3rd September
Pride of place on Saturday's final day of the season went to the 2nds who made it an incredible 18 wins out of 18 with a 6 wicket win at Bradford-On-Avon. Bradford were all out for 206 from the last ball of the innings with Chris Watchman taking 5-21 while George Macilwaine took 3-47. 76 from Matt Wilkins and 69 for Elliott Townsend, his first 50 for the club, then helped us home with more than 6 overs to spare. It really has been a superb team effort from the 2nds this year. Wilkins ended with over 500 runs while Chris Chapman made nearly 400 at an average of 46 and there were major contributions with the bat from many other players throughout the season, not least Ewen Kenny who made over 300 runs in just 7 games. With the ball spinners Dan Wiseman and Tom Ponting both took over 30 wickets while the regular seam attack of Watchman, Captain Craig Gibbens and Macilwaine all took at least 20 wickets. Well done to everyone who played and good luck to the team in Wiltshire League Division 2 next season.
The 1sts' relegation from Premier One had been confirmed the previous week and they ended with a 4 wicket defeat at home to Bridgwater. We were all out for 246 with entertaining 40s from Ross Dixie, Jack Haines and Brad Dawson the highlight. Josh Langley then took 4-35 but it wasn't enough to prevent the visitors overhauling our total with more than 5 overs left. It has been a difficult season at times but the team can hold their head high after acquitting themselves well in their 1st season at the top level and if a couple of close games had gone our way then things could have been very different.
The 3rds finished comfortably in mid table despite a heavy defeat to Erlestoke to finish the season as we made 122 which Erlestoke chased for 2 wickets in under 20 overs. The side have recorded some excellent wins this year though and were comfortably clear of the sides below them in the table
The 4ths lost to Calne 2nds on Saturday but their 8th place finish should be enough to see them remain in Division 8 next year. Calne made 316-9 before we scored a respectable 206-8 with Mike Pyke's 62 the top score. The step up from Division 9 to Division 8 has been noticeable but a number of young players have gained good experience and will only be better for it. Well done to Under 13 Theo Malik who scored 74* last Saturday but missed out on a mention as there was no report.
Saturday was surely one of the most amazing days in the club's history as the 1st XI won the WEPL Premier 2 Glos/Wilts title, and with it promotion to the highest level of club cricket in the region, in the most dramatic of circumstances. In what was essentially a winner takes all clash with Cheltenham we managed to overhaul their total of 225 with 1 wicket remaining after Jif Wilkins, who had earlier injured his knee while fielding, had to be carried to the crease after we lost our 9th wicket with 6 more required and proceeded to hit his first ball for 4 before hitting a single that sealed the tie which guaranteed us the title. He then hit another 4 for good measure to spark huge celebrations in front of a large crowd at Goatacre Lane. The other hero was Benny Howell as the Gloucestershire man scored a perfectly paced unbeaten 101 to marshall the chase.
Faced with a 12 point deficit Cheltenham chose to bat after winning the toss but we started well with Josh Langley taking the big wickets of Jeremy Duncan and Kieran Smith and Matt House picking up another to leave the visitors 44-3. However, a fine 82 from Nick Evans helped Cheltenham into a good position and despite Howell taking 3-37 they reached maximum batting points in the 45th over and elected to declare on 225-7 and gamble that it would now require an unlikely scenario for us to lose and still win the league (as declaring would give them 2 extra bonus points in the event they won) and that their score would be enough to win the game. At times during the 2nd innings it looked like this gamble might pay off as the momentum ebbed and flowed during a tense run chase. Luke Edwards and Jack Haines were both adjudged LBW early on before Ross Dixie was caught on the boundary to leave us 46-3. Ed Wilkins then followed soon after and despite a period of consolidation the run out of Brad Dawson with the score on 109 left Cheltenham favourites, especially with it looking likely unlikely that Jif Wilkins would be able to bat after he had earlier slid into a wall while fielding and injuring his knee to the point where he could barely stand let alone walk. While Howell was still there hope remained though and he showed all of his class with an untroubled innings that saw him ruthlessly punish any bad balls without taking any risks. He did need support however and it was Kevin Iles who provided it with a vital knock of 38 in a partnership of 85 that saw him roll back the years in stunning fashion. When he was dismissed we needed 32 off 6 with 4 wickets left but Cheltenham continued to bowl well and when Josh Langley was bowled the equation was 21 off 20 balls. That reached 19 off 14 before Howell hit a 6 and then a single to bring up his hundred. The 49th over was then perhaps the most dramatic ever seen at the club as a single from Howell was followed by 5 no balls as Liam Walker lost his radar and bowled a high full toss down the leg side that went to the boundary to leave us needing 5 to seal the tie which would give us the title and 6 to win the game. Things are never that simple though and Walker then trapped Ewen Kenny LBW and bowled Matt House first ball to leave us on the brink of defeat. Despite a paramedic being on the way to the ground Wilkins insisted on batting with a runner and had to be carried to the crease where, unbelievably, he proceeded to cream a full ball through the off side for 4 to bring us within 1 before turning his next ball into a leg side gap for the single that brought the scores level and sealed the title. He then slashed the first ball of the last over for another 4 to spark a pitch invasion and celebrations that went on long into the night!
It really has been a fantastic effort by the team this season to only lose 1 game and means that next season we will play the likes of Bath and Bristol for the first time. Thank to everyone that has played a part including the players, supporters and the off field volunteers who have contributed to a memorable year.
The 2nds completed their season with a comprehensive 227 run win at Potterne 3rds that saw them leapfrog White Horse and finish 3rd in Wiltshire League Division 3. We scored 298-5 with Matt Wilkins scoring 91, Stephen Baker 41, Chris Chapman 37 and Imraj Heer 34* before the home side were bowled out for just 71. Dan Smart, George Macilwaine and Rahn Heer each took 3 wickets. Thank you to Potterne for agreeing to start the game early so that the 2nds could get back to watch most of the 1sts' innings!
The 3rds finished 6th in Wiltshire League Division 5 after a 4 wicket defeat to Melksham. We made 167 batting first with Mark Atkinson scoring 59 and Melksham reached their target in the 40th over for the loss of 6 wickets
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