WILTSHIRE LEAGUE CRICKET: Worth the wait
1:24pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
PURTON cantered to a comfortable victory over Beanacre & Melksham to mathematically ensure promotion back to the West of England Premier League, 12 months after they took the crown but were subsequently removed of it after being found to have fielded an in-eligible player.
The champions’ latest win was a routine affair with Aaron Lee taking 4-20 and Akki Gomel 4-11 as the visitors crumbled to 116 all out. In reply, Gomel hit 51 as Purton cruised to their target in the 18th over of 45.
Malmesbury look to have fifth place sewn up following their weekend win over Swindon Civil Service.
Malmesbury chased down their 155-run target with ease inside 28 overs.
Jack Ward made an unbeaten 63 and George Royle 60 – both players hitting ten boundaries.
Earlier, Civil Service were restricted by the difficult lines and lengths of Richard Gaunt, who took 4-37, and Robert Gillespie who ended with 3-16.
Elsewhere in the top division, Wootton Bassett remain on course for second place following their six-wicket victory over Spye Park.
Bassett relegated their guests after Harvey Cummins hit 64 in their successful chase of 159.
Swindon NALGO’s vague hopes of catching third-placed Urchfont were dashed by defeat to their rivals.
NALGO made 135 all out in 41.5 overs and Urchfont reached their target for the loss of just five wickets.
In Division Two, newly-crowned kings Box cantered to victory over Corsham. Jake Pettit notched 92 as the champions posted 233-6. Corsham were skittled out for 132 with Dave Sanchez and Dave Crawford picking up two wickets apiece.
Wroughton Wranglers edged a low-scoring affair against Lacock by five wickets while Swindon A hammered Westinghouse by 160 runs.
Bradley Bowles led the way with the bat for the visitors, scoring 82 of Swindon’s 239-7, before James Parkinson and Conor Cleary each took three wickets to bowl Westinghouse out for 79.
Swindon United Churches face a last-day scrap for second place in Division Three after both they and All Cannings lost at the weekend.
Churches lead their rivals by just three points with one game to go – a head-to-head clash this weekend.
In Division Four, Swindon B were beaten by three wickets by Beanacre & Melksham 2nds.
Scott Cameron’s unbeaten 50 saw Beanacre over the line as they chased down Swindon’s 92.
Blunsdon could not make inroads into Buscot Park’s lead at the top of Division Five, as their match at Warminster 4ths was cancelled.
In Division Six, White Horse left themselves in with an unlikely chance of top spot following victory over Goatacre 3rds.
Dave Martin hit 71 in the Horse’s total of 220-6, and Goatacre ended up 30 runs short.
In Division Seven, Chris Armitstead (33) and Graham Milne (40) gave Burbage 3rds a solid start against Buscot 2nds enabling Nick Cranston (73) to lead the charge to set Buscot a target of 244.
In Buscot’s reply only Paul Farmer (57) was able to meet the rate as they fell 81 runs short.
Goatacre beat Beehive 2nds by four wickets in Division Eight with Dave Horton scoring 84 of their 155-6.
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