By Roy Honeybone
On the hottest day of the year so far Bashley won the toss and opted to bat. Luke Evans and Arthur Godsal caused the batsmen a few problems in the early stages and Bashley found themselves 28 for 3.
Will Harries took a good catch to give Luke Evans the wicket of Ben Walker and then Arthur Godsal removed Phil Morris, bowled, and Patrick Holly caught by wicketkeeper Tom Morton. This brought captain Michael Porter to the crease. He survived a missed catch while still on nought. South Wilts lived to regret that as Porter went on to make a matchwinning 113 before being caught by Joe Cranch off the bowling of Ryan Murray. Murray also picked up two more wickets with Tom Friend caught by Godsal for 22 and Goodey caught by Peter Rowe for just 1. Ryan Murray took a good catch himself to enable James Hayward to dismiss Josh Digby for 31.
Joe Cranch ran out Tom Jacques 46 with a superb direct hit. Godsal double his tally in the final overs by knocking back the stumps of Mitchell Wilson and Bradley Currie as Bashley finished on 258 after 63 overs. The Bashley innings was built around two fine partnerships, 75 between Porter and Digby and 95 between Porter and Jacques.
The South Wilts reply got off to the worst possible start when they lost talisman Tom Morton with the score on just 1. They then watched in dismay as they were further reduced to 33 for 4. This brought a much needed partnership together with Ben Draper 39 and James Hayward 78 rekindling some hope for South Wilts.
Unfortunately no further notable partnerships ensued and South Wilts were dismissed for a disappointing 199. There were wickets for Bradley Currie 3 for 31, Tom Friend 3 for 35 and Josh Digby 2 for 38.
Wicketkeeper Tom Jacques took 3 catches behind the stumps as Bashley consolidated their number 1 position in the league.