By Roy Honeybone
South Wilts CC beat Basingstoke & North Hants at home turf on Saturday, May 11.
South Wilts won the toss and put Basingstoke & NH in to bat. This was a good decision as Luke Evans ( 10-2-30-4) regained his best form and took out four top order batsmen in his opening spell.
This was backed up by Arthur Godsal who took two wickets thanks to Tom Morton who caught two, the first of which saw him ‘leaping like a salmon’ to dismiss Ben Thane. Steve Warner entered the scene and took two more scalps to leave Basingstoke & North Hants reeling on 78 for eight.
This brought Ashley Neal 30* and Lawrence Benge 24 together and in a stubborn nine wicket partnership they put on 56 before Benge was caught and bowled by James Hayward. They were eventually dismissed for 140 when Will Harries bowled Rakitha Perera.
In reply, South Wilts always looked in control despite a fiery spell from David Griffiths (10-1-48-3). Peter Rowe 54*, stood firm and enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Jack Stearman 20, who was narrowly run out going for a second run when it looked like the pair would see them home. Arthur Godsal 15, joined Peter Rowe to steer South Wilts to victory with 17 overs to spare – 141 for five – a five wicket win.