Marlborough’s league campaign got off to a disappointing start with a 47 run defeat away to near neighbours Great Bedwyn.
Marlborough skipper Tom Norris won the toss and put the home side in and once again as they have been many times down the years Bedwyn were indebted to star batsmen Rob Palmer whose assured 55 supported by Max Andrews 28 ensured that Bedwyn reached 139-9 of their 50 overs with George Fox 2-23 and Mark Wingfield-Digby 2-18 the pick of the Marlborough bowlers.
In reply Marlborough batted poorly with only Ben Head 23 and Norris 15 reaching double figures as Marlborough were bowled out for 92 with 3 wickets apiece for Andrews and Sean Palmer for Bedwyn.
Marlborough skipper Norris said ” we bowled too many wides and no balls as well as a crucial drop catch, our batting lacked discipline and poor shot selection. It was a very disappointing performance but we were beaten by the better team”.
Marlborough 2nd 11 also suffered defeat in their opening league game of the season at home to Potterne in the match kindly sponsored by The Bear Inn of Marlborough. Chasing 199 to win Marlborough rallied from being in serious trouble at 4-4 to just narrowly missing their target being bowled out for 179.