By Roy Honeybone
South Wilts began their season with a narrow victory over Alton on a bitterly cold day at the beginning of May. Alton returned to Bemerton on a beautiful hot summer’s day on July 6.
The contrasts continued. Alton won the toss and opted to bat. They were soon regretting that decision as Luke Evans and Arthur Godsal (pictured above) each took a wicket in their first over to leave Alton one for two. But it didn’t stop there as Godsal and Evans continued their bowling masterclass.
Wickets continued to tumble as South Wilts claimed all ten wickets for just 44 runs in just 17.3 overs. Evans celebrated his birthday with 4 for 18 while Godsal finished with six for 21. There were catches for Ben Draper 2, Raff Hussey 2, Peter Rowe, James Hayward and Tom Morton.
Evans and Godsal were both on hat-tricks during their exceptional spell of swing bowling, but both had to settle for 2 in 2. Only two Alton players struggled to double figures with skipper Daniel Harris making 12 and in a last wicket partnership with Julian Ballinger, Jack Myers made 19.
So how would South Wilts fare on the same pitch against the lively Matt Bacon. Well, Alton had made the pitch look almost unplayable, but despite losing an early wicket themselves as Peter Rowe fell to Bacon, Tom Morton and Arthur Godsal made the task look simple as they knocked off the required runs in just 6.5 overs.
Tom Morton hit 25 not out from 18 balls while Godsal backed up his bowling with a competent 14 not out from 22 balls. Just to make his day complete Arthur Godsal hit the winning runs with a boundary that finished what may well have been the quickest Southern Premier League game on record 24.2 overs!