Wiltshire County Cricket Club played their first matches in the group stages of the Unicorns T20 competition at the bank holiday weekend.

Their tour of the south west saw two matches against Cornwall at Werrington on Sunday and two versus Devon at Sidmouth on Monday.

Wiltshire and Cornwall claimed one win each in their fixture and against Devon, Wilts won the first and the second resulted in a tie.

In the first game, Cornwall were first to bat and set a challenging target of 173 runs for the loss of seven wickets. In reply Wiltshire were challenging well at 151 for five, but the result was never seriously in doubt when they lost three quick wickets to slump to 153 for eight.

Cornwall 173 for 7 (Matt Rowe 52, Tom Wells 54)
Wiltshire 161 for 9 (Jack Haines 40, Neil Clark 32)
Cornwall won by 12 runs.

In the second, Bradley Dawson 39, in an unbroken partnership of 58 with Tahir Afridi 19, enabled Wiltshire to post 147 for six. The chase was a nailbiter as Cornwall eventually fell just two runs short on 145 for eight.

Wiltshire 147 for 6 (Brad Dawson 39)
Cornwall 145 for 8 (Jake Lintott 4 for 18)
Wiltshire won by 2 runs.

Wadworth Player of the Day: Jake Lintott (pictured above vs Devon, By Roy Honeybone)

Matthew Burton had his debut against Cornwall. By Roy Honeybone

The first game against Devon saw Wiltshire win the toss and then set  off at a great pace. Jake Goodwin and Tom Morton put on an impressive 115 for the first wicket at a rate in excess of 10 an over. In reply, Devon’s Matthew Golding and Zac Bess were the only batsmen to put the final result in any doubt. Tom Morton suffered an injury to his thumb and he was out for the rest of the day.

Wiltshire 187 for 6 (Jake Goodwin 64, Tom Morton 72. Opening partnership of 115)
Devon 153 (Zac Bess 55) (Jake Lintott 2 for 26, Joe King 3 for 17)
Wiltshire won by 34 runs.

In the second game Wiltshire won the toss and once again elected to bat. Two wickets fell cheaply and Wiltshire were always trying to recover. Ed Young 32 and a splendid 50 from Brad Dawson helped to rebuild the innings. Devon started their run chase well and had the upper hand, but Wilts came back through Joe King. And in the end, Arthur Godsal held his nerve bowling the final over with just five requried for a Devon victory.  They were left scrambling a single to gain a tie from the final delivery.

Wiltshire 149 (Brad Dawson 50) (Zac Bess 4 for 15)
Devon 149 for 9 (Matt Golding 60) (Joe King 5 for 22)
Match tied

Wadworth Player of the Day against Devon: Jake Goodwin (picture by Roy Honeybone)

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