West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)
Swindon v Marlborough 25th June 2016
Marlborough 149-5 (39.0 overs); Swindon 150-9
Swindon won by 1 wicket
Marlborough travelled to Swindon this weekend on a day that was going to be hindered by mixed weather. Swindon won the toss and elected bowl.
The Marlborough batmen had to fight hard with a Swindon bowling attack that seemed to making good use of the overnight precipitation and the remaining cloud cover. The first four all struggled to dig in and Marlborough found themselves in real trouble on 30-4. Homani and Langton slowly started to build a steady partnership. The ball was not coming on to the bat easlily and with rain on its way the two batsmen had to build momentum quickly.
A mark of Marlborough’s success is the running between the wickets which has really been an asset of making better scores and gaining vital batting points. Langton played some extremely brave and effective shots, hitting cleanly through the ball and piecing the field on a number of occasions. Homani and Langton put on 110 for the fifth wicket and even with a rain interrupted innings the innings finished on 149-5 off 39.
Marlborough thought that they would be in with a good chance when they came to the field. Fox and Balusu hoped the pitch conditions would favour them however Balusu was not able to hit his usual immaculate length. Fox dismissed the talented Sore but the change in bowling did not curtail the Swindon innings which was building momentum.
In a strange turn of events Marlborough took Swindon from 57-1 to 78-8 with Marlborough taking some exceptional catches which is really becoming a strong part of their game. Special mention to Ben Head who took the most bizarre dismissal where Weaver hit the ball back to Head on the full which saw Head parry the ball on to the non-striking batsmen only to react in time to take a ricochet catch!
Marlborough struggled to take the final two wickets with the captain Staff and Codling making a brilliant tenth wicket partnership. Sadly, Marlborough could not take the final wickets as they were unable to build pressure on the batsmen and bowl in good channels. Paul Smith took the wicket of Codling to claim his first 5 wicket haul in the 1stXI, he bowled well with precision and made good use of the swinging ball. However, it was all too late as there were overs still in hand and Swindon were able to knock these off in the 37 th over.
Marlborough host table toppers Trowbridge, where Marlborough know there are elements of their game which are working well and there are opportunities to develop others.