WILTSHIRE LEAGUE CRICKET: Beasant keeps his eyes on the prize

This Is Wiltshire: Beehive (Southwick) batsman James Hall and Potterne 3rd wicketkeeper George Elliott during their Division Three clash Beehive (Southwick) batsman James Hall and Potterne 3rd wicketkeeper George Elliott during their Division Three clash

WOOTTON Bassett captain Darren Beasant believes that his side must focus on their own game and not what is happening elsewhere if they are to achieve their promotion dreams.

The Rylands Way side returned to the summit of Division One table on Saturday following their six wicket success over Swindon Civil Service.

However, Bassett and second-placed Malmesbury head into the final two weeks of the campaign level on points and wins with Beasant’s men top by virtue of beating their rivals twice.

“We both know that we have to win our final two games of the season,” Beasant said. “So the focus has to be on the number of points you pick up.

“God forbid you have your opponents 99-9, you drop a catch, they go on to make 130/140 and you lose the title by a point – those are the margins we are talking about.

“We have to try and stay calm, not worry about what Malmesbury are doing and just trying to get as many points as we possibly can.”

Against Civil Service, the only team to defeat Bassett this term, a fine late spell from Juba Rahman, who finished with 5-31, saw the visitors dismissed for 148.

The reply saw Jack Paish hit an unbeaten 47, Sam Lawro adding 44 and skipper Darren Beasant weighing in with 32 to see their side home.

James Gillespie hit 117 in Malmesbury’s 235-5, Pete Borton taking 3-66 before Charterhouse ended on 167-8. Richard Gaunt took 4-30 for the winners as Richard Newport hit 53 and Chris Antrobus 50 for Hinton.

Richard Foley claimed a hat-trick as Box secured a 44-run win over bottom side Collingbourne.

Steve Hall hit 59 in Box’s 172-9 as Owen Sheppard took 5-21 from seven overs for Collingbourne.

The reply was ended at 128, Foley’s 5-36 including his treble while Paul Gittens hit 41 for the losing side Swindon NALGO were 35-run winners over Bradford on Avon after reaching 197 all out, Imran Dastigir scoring 50 and Dean Bird taking 4-37.

Bradford were dismissed for 162 despite 44 from Chris Hotchen and Nick Gerrish’s 43, Latif Hussein taking 5-24.

Urchfont were six-run winners over Beanacre & Melksham, despite losing their last eight wickets for 17 in 13.5 overs as they were all out for 109.

Patrick Bromley made 32, but Jack Footner took 3-23 and Chris Downham 3-8.

Missing three front-line batsmen, Beanacre struggled against bowlers Morlon Simon and Keith Bills.

Only Steve Rendell (26) and John Wiltshire (41 not out) reached double figures as they were all out for 106, Bills finisning with 4-16 off 12 overs.

Division 2

NIGEL Curtis scored an unbeaten 43 and Phil Steans 37 in Lacock’s 201-5 against Wroughton Wranglers.

Craig Taylor hit 31 for Wroughton but they were all out for 98, Mile Copland taking 3-30 and Steve Copland 4-29.

Richard Mansell hit 96 in All Cannings’ 147-7 against Spye Park, George Macilwaine taking 3-32.

Knocks of 64 from Matt Hutchins, 29 by Mike Du Boulay and an unbeaten 25 from David Beals helped Park to a winning 151-4.

Division 3

BEEHIVE (Southwick) got the better of Potterne 3rd by 18 runs after reaching 161-8, with James Hall hitting 48.

Steve Taylor then took 4-26 as Potterne were all out for 143.

Unbeaten innings of 69 from Ed Read and 33 from Justin Wagstaff helped Heytesbury & Sutton Veny to an eight-wicket triumph over Wootton Bassett 2nd, which helped them leapfrog their rivals into second place.

Allan Norman struck 45 not out to help Seagry (111-9) past Corsham 3rd (107), despite a fine effort from Karan Kumar, who took 7-33 in 12 overs.

Avebury are all but home and dry in the title race, John Rheinberg hitting 73 in their 205-5 against Beanacre & Melksham 2nd before Dominic Fry took 4-19 as Beanacre were out for 78.

Division 4

LIAM Farmer and Mike Heasman rescued Buscot Park in their clash against Corsham 4th who, after being dismissed for 91, had Park in big trouble at 29-7.

Farmer (28) and Heasman (29 not out) took Park from there to 88-8, despite two wickets each for the beaten side’s Gareth Unwin, James Rowe and Richard Mockford.

Earlier Chris Burgess had taken 5-18 in 12 overs of Corsham’s innings.

Division 5

BRADFORD on Avon 2nd got hom to a three-wicket success against Chippenham 3rd, thanks to Matt Goodall’s 39. Earlier, Dave Fox had taken 3-30 and Guy Tadman 3-33 to restrict Chippenham to 155-9.

Division 6

DAVID Kelly survived an early caught behind appeal to hit an unbeaten 66 to guide Box 2nd to an eight-wicket success against Collingbourne 2nd Collingbourne posted 167-8 with Shankar Alva recording his first league 50 for the club.

Jamey Nair played a starring role in Swindon NALGO 2nd’s three-wicket success over Heytesbury & Suttpm Veny 2nd.

Nair took 3-20 in ten overs as Heytesbury reached 136-7, then struck 50 as NALGO reached their target.

The top of the table battle between Burbage & Easton Royal 3rd and Lacock 2nd went the way of Burbage, who restricted their rivals to 141-9, with Ash, James Wheeler and Nick Cranston among the wickets.

Burbage got home to 143-2, Craig Simmonds scoring 63 not out.

Division 7

WANBOROUGH 2nd got the better of Goatacre 4th, who were dismissed for 139, Tom Brazier scoring 36 and Toby Iles 21.

Dyren Novais took 4-19 for Wanborough, who won the match with 140-4, Atif Habib scoring an unbeaten 40 and Will Smith 48 not out.

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