By Roy Honeybone
South Wilts arrived at Bournemouth on July 27 hoping to continue their winning streak and put pressure on league leaders Bashley.
Unfortunately Bournemouth hadn’t read the script! The first thing they won was the toss and they decided to put South Wilts in to bat.
South Wilts didn’t know what had hit them when they found themselves on 24 for 4 with Tom Morton, Peter Rowe, Arthur Godsal and Jack Mynott all dismissed in the first few overs. At this point Ben Draper came out to join Raff Hussey and these two batted with a maturity beyond their years to attempt to rebuild the innings.
They added a valuable 76 and took the score into 3 figures (which at one time looked unlikely!) before Raff was caught by Luke Webb. Jack Stearman crept into double figures, 10, but the rest of the team, sadly fell away as cheaply as the top order leaving Ben Draper to salvage what he could.
Ben batted superbly and achieved a remarkable century, 106 not out, before he ran out of partners! South Wilts closed on 191.
Dan Conway was the chief destroyer for Bournemouth taking 5 for 42 from his 18 overs. He was well supported by Jeremy Warner who took 3 for 27 and keeper Chris Park who took 4 catches.
Bournemouth lost an early wicket when talented opener Luke Webb was adjudged LBW to Steve Warner. However, Nick Park 51 and Adam Davies 41 took the score on to 89 before Davies was caught by Ryan Murray off the bowling of Jack Mynott.
This built a firm base from which Bournemouth successfully edged their way to their target. Steve Warner 2 for 26 finally removed Nick Park when he was caught behind by Tom Morton.
Jack Mynott added 2 more wickets to his tally, 3 for 56. Will Harries, 3 for 27, knocked back the stumps of Ed Denham and took two more wickets courtesy of catches by Peter Rowe and Jack Mynott.
Enter Robbie Pack, Pack faced 25 balls, but did the damage in just four of them as he hit two fours and two mighty sixes to take Bournemouth to their total 192 for 8.
Bournemouth earned themselves a significant victory which may well see them survive in the league, but may also have dashed South Wilts aspirations in then process. But at least they have Ben Draper’s fine century to look back on and build on. There’s always next week!