WILTSHIRE LEAGUE CRICKET: Perfect end for unbeatable Box
2:14pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Latest Sport News
BOX completed an unbeaten Division Two campaign, with 15 wins and three abandonments from their 18 matches, as they defeated Lacock by 132 runs.
Richard Foley’s side hit 250-6, openers Neil Pettit (83) and Jess Richman (62) putting on 103 inside 25 overs.
Jonny Page scored his first half-century for the club, ending unbeaten on 65, while Miles Copland took 3-70 for the home side.
Lacock were bowled out for 118, Robert Styles blitzing the top order with 6-33 to take his tally for the season to 41 wickets. Foley (1-13) and Dave Crawford (2-22) also shining.
The remaining titles were decided on the final day of the season with Marlborough 3rd claiming Division Eight.
Leading by four points at the start, they clinched up the silverware with a 25-run victory over bottom side Chippenham 4th, to pip Wanborough 2nd by two points.
An opening partnership of 74 between Rob Garwood (27) and Andy Crabbe (48) got Marlborough off to a fine start, but they then slumped to 131- 9 before a last-wicket partnership of 51 between Pete Mathias (42) and Simon Wells (eight) took them to 182 after 45 overs.
A partnership of 58 between Steve Richardson and Peter Lakeland in the reply looked decisive for Chippenham until Marlborough captain Ed Puddick clung on to a catch to bring the game back in the home team’s favour.
Simon Wells (3-32) and Andy Rawlings (3-18) helped dismiss them for 157 in the 45th over.
That rendered the wins of Wanborough, by eight wickets over Bathford 2nd, and third-placed Goatacre, whose seven-wicket success over Calne 3rd included an unbeaten 104 from Jonny Haines, irrelevant.
In Division One, Beanacre & Melksham finished sixth after a one-wicket loss to Hinton Charterhouse.
Beanacre openers Darren Perrin (17) and Mark Wiltshire (86) registered a 50 partnership, Matt Hunt remaining unbeaten on 64 as the innings closed on 214-7.
Partnerships of 62 between Peter Borton (22) and John Newport (49) for the sixth wicket and Steve Palmer (25) and Ed Borton (14) got Hinton home.
Winsley 3rd’s captain David Baxter ended the Division Seven season in style, hitting an unbeaten 71 against Westbury 3.
He and 14-year-old Archie Sidwell (39) added 100 in 12 overs to lift the total to 203-6.
In reply Westbury’s veteran opener Phil Mead hit a patient 50 and Rich Coleman 44, but slow bowlers Jamie Neate (3-35 off 11 overs) and Glen Young (1-24 off 12) dismissed them for 166.
Burbage & Easton Royal 3rd finished on a winning note, posting 183 against Marshfield, who closed on 120.
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