Swindon denied crucial victory
SWINDON were denied a crucial victory by the weather at the weekend, as their WEPL Wiltshire Division clash with Devizes was brought to an end with the table-toppers less than 50 runs short of their target.
Another half-hour would probably have been enough for Swindon to go past Devizes’ total of 130, with Marc Williamson having already bludgeoned 50 off just 29 balls when the heavens opened.
But for off-spinner Dave Miles and the rest of the Swindon team, it was another afternoon of frustration.
“We needed 15 overs max to win, so we were seven or eight overs away from winning it and that would have given us a cushion on Burbage so it’s a frustrating one,” said Miles, who took 1-33 from seven overs.
“We’re still top of the league so we’ve got to win the last two games and hopefully we’ll get there.
“It’s particularly frustrating because three of the last four have been called off when we’ve looked like being in winning positions.
“It’s disappointing but you can’t do much about the weather.
“We did all we could bowling first, restricting them to a very low score and our openers smashed it but we didn’t have enough time.
“We could see the weather coming in, it started drizzling a bit and then got heavier and heavier and when we went off we all knew it was probably game over - so there were no complaints.
“The weather won.”
Swindon are now six points ahead of second-placed Burbage with two games remaining of the campaign - and this intriguing race for promotion looks set to go all the way down to the final afternoon.
Miles said: “We’ve got two tough games - Marlborough are third in the league and Bedwyn have a good team.
“We’re not thinking about bonus points yet, if it gets down to it Liam (Tucker, Swindon captain) will have to turn his mind to it but we’ve just got to hope that two wins will be enough.
“It’s very tight going into the last few games and it’s exciting - it’s what you play cricket for.”
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