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.
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Marlborough Cricket club first eleven strolled to a comfortable win against Corsham in their first pre season friendly of the 2014 season on Saturday.
Playing at home Marlborough asked the visitors to bat first after winning the toss and Corsham found the going tough against some good bowling from the home side.
With the help of 41 extras Corsham struggled to 132 all out with only Tom Abbott 18, Ned James 17, Andy Davies 19 and Craig Chaplin 18 making useful contributions.
Vice-Captain Will Langton 3-8, star all rounder Ben Head 2-7 and Mark Wingfield-Digby 2-22 were the key men with the ball for Marlborough.
In reply Marlborough reached their target with ease for the loss of just one wicket in the 28th over with again Extras of 49 being the leading scorer, and with Wingfield Digby scoring an assured 37 whilst Nick Crabbe looked composed with 32 not out.
Marlborough will expect a tougher test next week away at Wootton Bassett in their final warm up game before the start of the league season.