By Roy Honeybone
A Maiden century from Arthur Godsal and Jack Mynott’s return from Kenya contributed to South Wilts’ 124-run win versus Basingstoke & North Hants at May’s Bounty on July 13.
South Wilts won the toss and batted first . A quickfire 38 from skipper Tom Morton got the show underway, but thereafter it was dominated by a fine century (exactly 100) from Arthur Godsal, that held the innings together. Arthur was supported by Ben Draper 25 and Jack Stearman 46 not out (and it was good to see Jack Mynott back from Kenya and wearing a SWCC shirt again!) 258 all out for South Wilts.
David Griffiths, the Basingstoke & NH captain was forced to retire from bowling after just 2.4 overs due to a recurrent calf strain. This gave Max Harsham the opportunity to bowl just two balls … and he claimed the wicket of Peter Rowe with one of them. However their bowling hero was undoubtedly Bradley Porteous who took 6 wickets for 71 runs in his 16 overs.
The Basingstoke & NHants innings didn’t begin well with Luke Evans and Arthur Godsal each picking up an early wicket. Arthur took 3 for 16 from his opening spell, but Jordan Hobday 44 took a liking to Luke’s bowling and repeatedly found the boundary.
Ryan Murray chipped in with 3 for 31 (two caught by Arthur and one by wk Tom Morton) Will Harries picked up a wicket with another catch from Tom and there were two catches for Raff Hussey.
One of these catches gave Jack Mynott his first wicket of the season. A catch from Ryan Murray to dismiss Lawrence Benge gave Jack his second wicket 2 for 6 and ended the Basingstoke & NH resistance as they were bowled out for 134 to give South Wilts a win by 124 runs and maximum points for the second week running.