Salisbury Lions (SWCC T20 XI) v Hampshire Academy @ The Ageas Bowl Nursery – SPCL Plate Competition
By Roy Honeybone
With both teams having been eliminated from the T20 Cup with first round defeats they had an opportunity to salvage a little pride from the Plate Competition.
South Wilts won the toss and opted to bat first. Tom Morton 23 got them off to a quick start with the ball dispatched onto the golf course twice in one over! They lost momentum after Tom’s departure despite 12 from Ben Draper and 18 from Rob Pittman. It wasn’t until Luke Hansford, 26 from 20 and Ryan Murray (pictured above), 26 from 16 got together that they were able to push the score on.
The innings closed on 121 for 6 with the Hansford/Murray partnership providing 58 of those runs in good time.
The Academy had their own problems in the early stages with Rob Pittman claiming an early wicket and then Ryan Murray picking up 2 wickets to leave the Academy on 28 for 3 (We had been 33 for 3).
However, this brought Fletcha Middleton, 68 not out and George Metzger, 37 not out together and their unbroken partnership of exactly 100 saw the Academy home with 12 balls to spare.