Captains Performance in vein
On the hottest Saturday of the year a mixed 1st XI travelled to South Wilts for the teams 2nd encounter of this shortened season, unlike in the first game there were bubble league points on offer. After losing the toss and being asked to field the Shrews knew early wickets would be key in keeping the score low. Mitchell struck in the 6th over with the score on 20, this brought Archie Knight to the crease he and opener Chaddock kept the scoreboard ticking and saw the score rise to 80 from 18 overs before Springer (2-46) removed Chaddock (27). Ex Shrew Tim Anderson-Emm joined Knight and the two began to build on the platform that had been set. Mitchell returned to the attack and took the wickets of both Anderson-Emm (23) and Knight (51) which in turn slowed the scoring and pegged South Wilts back to 158 – 4 off 26. With South Wilts looking to attack and post a score of above 250 the part time leg spin of Will Sleeman (2-29) in tandem with the seamers at the other end made runs hard to come by and kept the run rate down, Mitchell (6-23) returned to bowl the final couple of overs picking up the last 3 South Wilts wickets to bring the innings to a close with the score at 229. A solid total but one the lads were confident of chasing.
Will Sleeman and 16 year old Ollie Bate, opened the batting and Sleeman cashed in on some lose bowling from Chaddock in the opening over taking it for 14. Sleeman kept the score board ticking at a good rate, but Bate (0) and Gurd (5) couldn’t drive the score on, Gurd even though he didn’t get going occupied the crease and allowed the extras to pile up with Sleeman and Gurd taking the total to 75 before the latter was dismissed in the 16th over. Again a solid platform to push on from in the chase. This wasn’t to be as wickets fell at regular occurrences with Battisson (1) and Sleeman (57) falling in quick succession, Matt Wood (6) couldn’t get going and Jason Plant (17) fell to a great diving catch from Kantolina. This saw captain Jamie Mitchell join Tom Mundy in the middle with the score at 128 with 13 overs to go. The two began to build a partnership to give themselves a chance, Mundy played more of a supporting role with Mitchell being the aggressor with 36 needed off of the last three overs they were in with a chance but when Mundy fell for 27 early in the over the chance looked to have gone. Springer (11) joined Mitchell and they took the game to the final over with 21 needed, but when Mitchell (50*) could only manage one from the first ball it was going to be tricky Springer gave it a shot with two boundaries but when he fell to the last ball of the innings the shrews were still 7 short. A good effort from where they were but for the second week running one that had just slipped through the fingers.