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Weekend Roundup Wednesday 11th July
The 1sts' were beaten by high flying Downend on Saturday as their tough run continued. We were all out for 259 from the last ball of the innings with Benny Howell (58) contributing another half century and Jack Haines (49 off 40) and Kevin Iles (41 off 26) also providing useful cameos. However, this wasn't enough as the home side cruised to a 6 wicket win inside 35 overs to leave us in the relegation zone, 15 points from safety, with 8 games of the season remaining
England's World Cup Quarter Final put paid to the 2nds game as Potterne 3rds were unable to raise a side. The 2nds were given the win and so maintain their 100% record and top of the table berth
The 3rds lost a high scoring game at home to Wanborough. Tom Beard followed up his 76 on debut last week with 103 out of our total of 272 all out but we paid the price for leaving nearly 5 overs of the innings unused as the visitors passed our score for the loss of 5 wickets in the 44th over
The 4ths scored a respectable 228-7 at Chippenham 4ths thanks largely to an unbeaten 101 from Andrew Lewis but the home side raced to victory after 30 overs for the loss of just 1 wicket
We qualified for the Wiltshire Wallop quarter finals on Thursday after scoring 194-7 at Calne (Jo Breet top scoring with 60) who then could only make 126-3 in reply. Quarter final details to be confirmed but it looks like we will be away to Potterne in the next couple of weeks
The U11s picked up a good win at home to Calne last Wednesday as an unbeaten 51 from Josh Baldwin helped them to 117-5 before Calne were restricted to 76-8
The U13s continued their excellent season with 2 more wins and plenty more runs. In the T20 league on Thursday we scored 161-1 at Purton with both Eric Pyke and George Lewis scoring 35 before retiring before Purton made 88-7 in reply with Thomas Lewis taking 3-12.
On Sunday we then scored 321-5 in 30 overs at Malmesbury thanks to Theo Malik (75), George Lewis (65), Pyke (48) and Jamie Green (38). Malmesbury were then bowled out for 117.
Purton Scorecard - http://goatacre.play-cricket.com/website/results/3651174
Malmesbury Scorecard - http://goatacre.play-cricket.com/website/results/3623745
T20 Table - https://www.wycl.org.uk/Under13T20North/2018/
30 Over Table - https://www.wycl.org.uk/Under13Div2/2018/
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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