West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)
Winsley v Marlborough 20th June 2015
Winsley 299-4: Marlborough 300-6
Marlborough won by 4 wickets
Marlborough bounced back to winning ways on Saturday in an exciting game at Winsley which saw just short of 600 runs scored for the fall of 10 wickets. Marlborough chased down a daunting target of 299 with 9 balls to spare thanks very much to outstanding batting performances from Peter Day, George Fox and an explosive 45 of just 17 balls from Brad Frost to see the Forest outfit home.
Marlborough having lost the toss were asked to bowl first on what looked a very flat track but in what appeared to be very encouraging bowling conditions. Winsley openers Simon Norris and Charlie Holton got the home side off to a great start and they saw Winsley to 121 without loss at the drinks break.
Winsley had been helped by some poor bowling and fielding and Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson in an attempt to break the Winsley Partnership introduced his back up bowlers to the attack in two over spells. The tactic proved successful when James Richardson got Norris to miss time a shot and was caught by George Fox seven runs short of his century. Brad Frost followed up with the wicket of Holton in the next over for 79.
Marlborough then contained the Winsley score rate for a 10 over period with some very tight bowling from Ben Head which saw Winsley only score 34 runs before Alain Hewett and Kevin Hendy picked up the Winsley run rate scoring 96 of the last 9 overs to see Winsley finish on 299 for 4 off their 50 overs.
With a run rate of 6 an over required Marlborough went for the win from the start but with the loss of George Penfold and Dickinson by the 7th over with 49 on the score board Marlborough were forced to consolidate for a period.
Head and Peter Day tried to keep the score board ticking over without further loss and had taken the score to 84 before Head was dismissed for 32. Marlborough then seemed to be in some difficulty with the loss of Richardson and Will Thomas within the space of 9 balls just before the drinks interval and with the score on 113.
Day was joined at the crease by George Fox and the pair slowly but surely rebuilt the Marlborough innings. The pair had added 133 and had got Marlborough back in to the game when Day went down with a leg injury running a quick single. Day barely able to stand was out shortly afterwards for 75 and with the score on 246 Marlborough needed 54 off the last 36 balls to win.
Day was replaced by Marlborough’s Kiwi Brad Frost and Fox who had battled hard with Day played the anchor role once Frost had settled. With Marlborough requiring 42 off the last 4 overs Frost launched in to attack and destroyed any hope Winsley had of clinging on for a win. Fox and Frost plundered 39 runs off two overs with 34 of them including five 6’s coming from Frosts bat off just 8 balls. Marlborough secured the win in the 49th over with Fox and Frost ending on 83 and 45 not out respectively. Fox’s innings had lasted for 75 balls and included twelve 4’s and one 6. Day had bated for 93 balls in which he scored ten 4’s.
A very happy Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson said after the game that the result showed a lot of spirit and again the depth of his side’s quality. “Pete and George (Day and Fox) have set up the win today and Brad (Frost) has finished it off for us. We bowled and fielded poorly but the batsmen have picked up the challenge. It helps that we can bat to 11 and have numerous bowling options open to us as well.”
The win maintains Marlborough’s top spot in the WEPL Wiltshire Division as we approach the halfway point of the season.