Wiltshire v Wales T20 games, Warminster, Sunday June 9
Wiltshire and Wales battled it out in two T20 matches with Wiltshire knowing success could ease them into contention for the finals if Dorset failed to beat Cornwall. Wales won the toss and elected to bat first in Game 1. This soon looked like a good idea as Tom Bevan, 89, and Joseph Voke, 35, put on 140 for the first wicket with Bevan being particularly aggressive hitting nine fours and seven sixes in his quickfire 35 ball innings.
But Tom Grant, in for the injured Jake Goodwin, soon put a stop to that and had both openers caught in the same over, finishing with 3 for 17 from his 4 overs. With the openers both gone Wales fell apart and lost all 10 wickets for a paltry 37 runs to close on 177 all out. Joe King finished with 3 for 14, and skipper Ed Young 3 for 33 with Jake Lintott picking up the extra wicket. Wiltshire’s fielding was good and some fine catches were held, with Neil Clark pouching three, Joe King two, Luke Evans one, and keeper Tom Morton one.
In response, Wiltshire showed aggressive tendencies with the bat. Jake Lintott led with a belligerent 75 from just 44 balls (nine fours, three sixes), but unlike Wales he found better support from Jack Haines 21, Ed Young 18, Brad Dawson 17 and Tom Morton 14, as Wiltshire chased down the Welsh target scoring 181 for 6 with nine balls to spare. Two points to Wiltshire.
After lunch, the teams set out to do battle once more. Rain delayed the start and the game reduced to 17 overs per side. Wales again won the toss and again elected to bat. Different game, different story! Wales would have been hoping for a repeat performance from their openers Bevan and Voke but were bitterly disappointed, The Welsh team looked on in despair as first Bevan, 2, and then Voke, 1, were gone in the first two overs. Bevan miscued a shot from Arthur Godsal’s bowling (1 for 9) which fell into the grateful hands of skipper Ed Young; and then Tahir Afridi (2 for 19) struck with his first ball to snare Voke caught by wicketkeeper Tom Morton. Only skipper Sam Pearce 25 offered any resistance before he was bowled by Ed Young (3 for 15). Wickets fell with regularity as Wales limped to 61 for 8 from 12 overs. The last wicket was a splendid running catch in the deep from debutant Will Harries to give Joe King 1 for 3 The other wicket fell to an excellent run out by Jack Haines. Sadly, persistent rain eventually caused the game to be abandoned – One point each.
With Dorset winning both games against Cornwall, Wiltshire must beat Dorset twice next weekend and hope to overhaul Dorset on net run rate. South Wilts, Sunday, June 16. Matches scheduled to start at 11am and 2.30pm.