By Roy Honeybone
South Wilts took down Hampshire Academy by 150 runs on Saturday at the Ageas Bowl Nursery after a great showing from the trio of Jack Mynott, Peter Rowe and Ryan Murray.
After the torrential rain on Friday it was a relief to be able to play a game of cricket on Saturday. Hampshire Academy won the toss and decided to put South Wilts in to bat.
Jack Mynott initially held the innings together as he worked his way to 65 before being bowled by Kamran Khanna. He saw numerous partners come and go, but Raff Hussey 25 was able to stay with him long enough to see a partnership of 36. When Jack was out with the score on 159 for 6 the future did not look too bright for South Wilts.
Then Peter Rowe 67 ( 7 X 4, 2 X 6) and Ryan Murray 35 (4 X 4, 1 X 6) put on 99 for the sixth wicket in the best partnership of the match. Luke Evans and Steven Warner pushed the score on to what had earlier seemed an unlikely 278 for 8. There were two wickets each for James Trodd and Tom Prest, but the most successful bowler was Kamran Khanna with 3 for 47.
The Academy’s reply was soon stopped in its tracks with Steve Warner taking out Tom Prest and Tom South, followed by Arthur Godsal dismissing Fletcha Middleton and Luke Evans dismissing George Metzger to leave the Academy on 73 for 4 with their top order batsmen all gone.
Jamie Regan 28 and Monaam Abbas 27 steadied the ship for a while, but when Ryan Murray and Jack Mynott were introduced it spelt the end for the Academy. The Academy batsmen could neither score runs or protect their wickets as Ryan claimed 3 for 14 from just 6 overs (including two wicket maidens!) and Jack Mynott took 2 for 7 from just 5 overs.
Stephen Warner 3 for 17, was reintroduced into the attack and claimed victory for South Wilts by 150 runs when took his third wicket courtesy of yet another catch from Peter Rowe (he took 3 in all) The Academy were bowled out for 128.