Cricket: Malmesbury v Marlborough - Marlborough runs ruined by rain
West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)
Malmesbury v Marlborough 21 May 2016
Match abandoned due to rain
Marlborough 1st XI travelled to Malmesbury on a heavily overcast day.
When they got there it was clear the home groundsman had worked hard to keep the fixture on, with the wicket looking immaculate. Marlborough lost the toss and were inserted.
The wicket proved to be batsmen friendly and the opening pair got off to a good start before Nick Crabbe was trapped LBW for 16. With the ball getting wetter from the amount of boundaries being hit, and Aaron Dickinson going well, the inform Bob Homani came to the crease.
Frustratingly, Dickinson picked out the only man in the deep out as he tried to dispatch a rank full toss. P ete Day, who usually thrives in this situation, was caught behind for 4, which brought Harrison Painter to join Homani and the runs began to flow again.
Just as Painter got himself settled and was playing some really good shots, the cricketing Gods changed their minds on the day’s intentions and the umpires cautiously (and much to the relief of the fielding team) took the players off.
After an early tea neither side returned to the field and the game was abandoned.
A disappointing end to the game but positive signs that the Marlborough batsmen are finding some good form as look forward to welcoming Westbury to the Savernake Forest ground next week.