South Wilts End of Season Bash

This weekend (a week early for the 1st/2nd XI’s due to fixtures) is the end of season party at South Wilts CC, with a Rio Olympics theme.

I’ll do a post previewing the game against Bashley shortly, but I have enough photos of this event in the past to share a little of the madness that is due to ensue.

I should also that I have excluded some rather revealing images of a certain member of the South Wilts faithful Dom Ducellier – so as not to ruin the visual surprise when he turns up as Tom Daley again this year!

We’ve had controversial characters:

 

My personal favourite being Sean Dixon as Webby, and Dom Ducellier as the tiger that stopped our game that year –  ask him what happened next!

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Apologies for the pre-watershed v’s.

I can’t actually remember the theme for the next lot, but highlights were probably Glenn Maxwell & Cranchy coming as themselves, Planky nearly passing out in the blobby suit, and two ginger spices (I think there ended up being 3/4).

In 2014, we had this beauty, Steve Riddle taking the Planky role:

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Last year (kindly borrowed from fellow photo badger Roy Honeybone), was double acts:

Credit to the man himself:

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Highlights this time almost certainly Lou & Andy and the honeymonster himself!

Its gonna be a good one lads, regardless of the cricket – it always is, let the fun and games commence.

Alton CC v South Wilts CC preview

This afternoon sees the return fixture between Alton CC and South Wilts CC at the Jubilee Playing Fields.

If we can avoid this…

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The first fixture ended in a draw, with South Wilts picking up the marginally better points haul, and the visitors will be hoping to bounce back from a couple of disappointments in the last few weeks.

If the weather holds, it should be a decent game, they are usually fairly close at least!

South Wilts CC v Burridge CC

Against Burridge on Saturday it was a familiar tale of not quite having enough runs on the board. A good opening spell from Nick McMurray (not for the first time) rocked the South Wilts top order with Sullivan White continuing his enjoyment of playing against South Wilts with a 3 wicket hall.

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A fine 89 from James Hayward and a partnership of 110 with James Hibberd made things respectable, but on a good pitch we could not contain Dan Hewitt (88*) and Lee Savident 50 – and the total of 216 was passed with 8.3 overs to spare.

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If you believe the press coverage of this weekend, the wheels are well and truly off at South Wilts CC. The 5 wicket defeat to in form Burridge which was followed by exiting the T20 competition to Sarisbury Athletic – who finally broke their semi final jinx at the 4th time of asking.

In the last 4 years the South Wilts lads have won 4 Southern Premier League titles (with 4 time pennants and an overs win in there), 4 T20 cup titles, and have represented the Southern Premier League in the National stages of the T20 competition twice losing to Wimbledon CC – who were the overall winners in 2013 & 2014 and who narrowly missed out on reaching a third successive finals day in 2015. This is not written to defend how we have played this season, but to emphasise that to win Southern League titles and T20 comps locally and compete nationally it takes a phenomenal effort.

We’ve not been able to maintain that for a 5th consecutive year, but that is nothing to be ashamed of, good luck to Havant (in both T20 and SEPL) who have been so close in recent years, good luck to Burridge who are still within a win or two of causing what would probably be considered a bit of an upset, in the year of the underdog. Good luck to Sarisbury in the T20 final in a few weeks as well.

The season is coming to a close, the silverware is finding a home, its just not coming to Bemerton.  Good luck also to South Wilts 2nd XI who are picking up some momentum in a tight division 2, promotion still very much a possibility there!

 

South Wilts CC v Burridge CC Preview

So after a few days licking the wounds, its Burridge the visitors to Bemerton today in another Southern Premier League 50 over clash.

The first match was an incredible tussle, with South Wilts eventually running out winners by 110 runs which masked much of the drama of the day described here.

The fixture will be a real test for the hosts, how will they recover from events a week before and can they show the strength of the last 4 years and bounce back.

We will find out in a few hours.

Havant CC v South Wilts CC

So as we come to the end of a week where sport has dominated with events in Rio, its been one to forget for 4 times Southern Premier League champions South Wilts.

Batting first at Havant, the visitors were bowled out for a meagre 149. Highlights for South Wilts being 40 for Joe Cranch.

Although some wickets fell in the chase, including two for James Hayward, Richard Hindley and Chris Stone saw the side home.

Havant the victors by 5 wickets and look to be marching on to regaining the title after 5 years.

Havant CC v South Wilts – Preview

Tomorrow sees South Wilts travel to Havant Park for a fairly annual (in recent times) top v second place battle.

Havant Park has been a happy hunting ground for the visitors in recent years, but the quality on display from both sides with make it an intriguing contest. The fixture in Salisbury resulted in a draw having seen South Wilts fight back from 15-5.

That absorbing contest very much consistent with the majority of contests between the two sides. Havant bring a mix of experience and quality all the way through their lineup, and both sides have a bit of momentum heading into the game.

It should be a good one….

South Wilts CC v Lymington

Saturday saw Lymington visit Salisbury in what was a key battle in the British Gas Southern Premier League.

The first encounter was a close contest, with South Wilts the victors by 10 runs.

South Wilts were looking to maintain the form they showed the previous week in Winchester, and started well, opening pair Jack Mynott (64) and Jake Winter (109) adding 166 for the first wicket.

Ben Draper batting at 3 finally got off the mark with a lovely clip through mid wicket before lunch and contributed a solid 18, with contributions from the rest of the order leaving South Wilts to close their innings on 305-7 in the 63rd over.

Lymington started well and reached 73-2 before the turning point of the game when Ryan Scott was run out for a composed 40. Wickets continued to fall, with runs hard to come by, and when Ed Ellis fell at 135-7 you might have expected a comfortable win.

However, Lymington had stacked their side with batsmen, made possible by the lack of bowling restrictions and a number of all rounders, and with opener from the first fixture Cam Grierson at number 9, captain Simon Beetham at 10 and the experienced Matt Metcalfe at 11 it was going to be anything but plain sailing for the hosts.

With some drama the game entered the final 4 overs with Lymington 9 down and seemingly comfortable blocking it out on a superb pitch.

Enter James Hibberd, so often a match winner in previous seasons in these situations – and a ball that nipped back  and knocked back Metcalfe’s off stump to send the home side away with maximum points in the late evening sunshine. The scorecard can be found here.

A win that sets up an intriguing encounter with top side Havant next week as a top versus second battle, with South Wilts gaining momentum. A familiar tale of two talented sides, and contests that we play the game for.

 

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