West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)
Marlborough v Malmesbury 27th June 2015
Marlborough 322-4; Malmesbury 228-8
Marlborough won by 96 runs
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It was a historic day at Marlborough on Saturday as the batting unit led the Forest outfit to victory by 96 runs over Malmesbury. For the first time in Marlborough 1st XI WEPL history two batsmen scored centuries in the same game which allowed Marlborough to also declare for the first time in their WEPL league history.
George Penfold and James Richardson set up the record day and enjoyed a 159 run partnership in the sun. Penfold opening the innings was joined by Richardson with the score on 91-2 at the end of the 13th over and the pair flourished on the prolific start.
Penfold having scored his second century of the season off 93 balls finished on 115 when he was finally dismissed off the bowling of Josh Langley in the 39th over. Penfold had batted for 109 balls scoring sixteen 4’s. Richardson was next up to secure his ton which was his debut century in senior first XI cricket and finished not out 112 when Marlborough skipper Arran Dickinson declared. Richardson brought his hundred up of 100 balls. Richardson’s flawless innings included fourteen 4’s and one 6.
Dickinson was aware at the declaration that title challengers Westbury seemed to be coasting to an easy win at neighbours Great Bedwyn and that a win with a declaration would bring valuable bonus points. “We knew a declaration was on the cards by the 2nd drinks break and we decided to accelerate the run rate once Penners (Penfold) had been dismissed. Brad (Frost) scored quickly for the second week running scoring 35 off 17 balls and we took advantage of the scoreboard position and declared. With hindsight perhaps we should have declared earlier with a smaller target so as to tempt Malmesbury to go for the win.”
Malmesbury in reply never looked like they were capable of scoring the runs required and settled for batting out their overs and scoring the maximum batting points. James Gillespie carried his bat through the Malmesbury innings finishing on 93 not out as the rest of his team mates batted around him as Malmesbury finished on 226 for 8. The Marlborough bowling unit despite their efforts could not finish of the innings and secure the last bowling point on what was a very good batting track.
Frost and Paul Smith were the prime wicket takers with 4 and 2 respectively with George Fox and spinner Ben Head being the pressure bowlers with their economic spells conceding 26 and 13 off their 10 overs.
The win see’s Marlborough stay top but jointly with Westbury as both sides have the same points and identical records of 7 wins and 2 losses at the halfway point of the season.