WINSLEY’S Kevin Hendy reckons his side’s next three games could determine where their Wiltshire Division campaign is heading.
Winsley, who suffered their third defeat of the season last weekend as they were beaten at home by Burbage & Easton Royal, host Devizes tomorrow before taking on Calne and Nationwide House, who are also in the bottom half of the table, in the following weeks.
“I think that the true picture of the league will become clear in the next month or so and those three games are going to define what kind of season we’re going to have,” said Hendy.
“At the moment, we’re in the same position as we were last season (third-from-bottom) and we’ve got games coming up against the sides around us.
“We scored just under 200 against Burbage last weekend and in all the other games in the league, that would have been enough to win.
“Apart from Stuart Hammond and Pete Orchard, we just weren’t tight enough with our bowling. They batted really well around Michael Papps, who’s obviously a good bat because he’s a former New Zealand test player.”
Michael Papps put the visitors, who batted first after winning the toss, in control with a towering knock of 128.
Pete Orchard claimed two wickets but Burbage’s Thilina Batangala added 47 as his side posted a formidable 294-5.
Robbie Cross hit 55 in reply but Winsley ultimately fell short in their run chase, with Jeremy Smith (36) and Giles Williams (22) also doing their best to put runs on the board.
Burbage’s James Lavis piled on the pressure with 4-29 as the home side were all out for 193 at the end of their innings.
Elsewhere, Trowbridge slipped to a six-wicket defeat at Calne.
Alex Hart’s men were put in to bat after losing the toss and struggled, despite opener Wes Marshall making 59.
Tom Oakley and Sam Kerslake were the only other Trowbridge batsmen to reach double figures as the visitors were skittled for 137 after 29 overs, with Calne’s Julian Kearney (4-61) and Sean Adams (3-20) doing the damage.
Adams then led the hosts’ charge with an unbeaten knock of 92 from 68 deliveries.
Tom Richards was closest behind with 17 and despite Sam Julyan taking two wickets, Calne cruised to 138-4 early in the 24th over.
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