West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)
Marlborough v Westbury & District 28 May 2016
Marlborough 199-9; Westbury 208-2
Westbury won by 9 runs
Marlborough hosted Westbury & District on Saturday 28 th May. The day was set fair with some humidity in the air and again, credit goes to the ground staff for presenting an immaculate picture at Savernake, this match day being kindly sponsored by C J Goddard ltd.
Westbury won the toss and elected to bat first, both openers Mills and McDonald batted very patiently, keeping the accurate bowling attack of Fox and Balusa at bay.
The Marlborough bowling attack bowled well, keeping the scoring rate down, and although wickets were not forthcoming the team fielded tightly. Mills was finally bowled by Smith for 48 having been part of an opening partnership of 99. McDonald passed his fifty and was joined by overseas player Gibbs who picked the scoring rate up a little and he duly scored 55 whilst McDonald made 83 before being caught by Langton, who is gaining a reputation for making some very sharp catches in the extra cover region. Westbury completed their 50 overs with the score on 208-2 with both sides feeling that they had not done quite enough to put themselves in a strong position to win the game.
Marlborough felt that if they could get off to a good start then they would be in a winning position in this game. Langton and Dickinson played the bowling of Carroll & Senneck well and with a mini-partnership forming things looked to be settling nicely.
Unfortunately both openers son fell in successive overs and the score was now 20-2. Overseas Homani came to the crease but he was unable to maintain partners regularly.
However, there was one notable reprieve when Richardson joined Homani at the crease and a very mature and sensible partnership began to form. They ran well and found vital boundaries and together put on 90 for the fourth wicket. Richardson looked composed and we hope he can now really continue to make good progress and build on his successes from last year. Unfortunately, when Richardson was out Homani was unable to steer the team home as the much needed partnerships did not appear, the South African finishing on 110 not out.
Westbury ended up winning the match with Marlborough struggling on 199-9 falling 9 runs short. Homani is proving a worthy asset to the Marlborough batting line up having scored in successive games. Marlborough need to look at the scorecard and one stand out fact is that there were six bowled and three LBW decisions. Are the right shots being selected by the home team? We shall find out more next week as Marlborough visit Purton.