CRICKET: It’s a great start, but John stays grounded

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Winsley wicketkeeper Kevin Hendy dives to stop Haydn Amor’s edged shot for Burbage Winsley wicketkeeper Kevin Hendy dives to stop Haydn Amor’s edged shot for Burbage

GREAT Bedwyn skipper John Palmer is refusing to get carried away by his side’s unbeaten start to the season.

Bedwyn notched up their fourth victory in as many games last weekend as they travelled to Marshfield and crushed the Broadleys outfit by nine wickets.

Captain Palmer reckons his team shouldn’t fear any opposition in the Wiltshire Division but wants them to keep their feet on the ground as they look to maintain their fine start to the campaign.

“That’s four from four now and I’m very happy but I don’t want to get too carried away yet because we’re not even at the halfway point of the season,” he said.

“I think that on paper, we’ve got a very strong side – a lot of teams can rely on one player whereas we’ve got lots of batsmen and bowlers that can contribute.

“Marshfield got off to a flyer and got to 45 without loss. But it was really important to get the wicket of James Williams, who scores a lot of runs for them, and we were on track once we go that.

“We’ve got Burbage this weekend and we’ll have to watch out for (Michael) Papps but if we can take his wicket early too, then we’ll have a great chance of getting another result.”

Bedwyn put their hosts in to bat, Richard Bosson ending with 4-35.

Williams hit 30 and Jeremy Bond made 28 but the remainder of the Marshfield order were dismissed with ease, with Rob Palmer, Max Andrews and Ashley Perry taking two wickets apiece as the home side were out for 103 in the 31st over.

Rob Palmer’s unbeaten 54 and the skipper’s 25 not out saw Bedwyn cruise to 104-1 in little more than 21 overs.

Elsewhere, second-placed Marlborough notched up a third successive win as they thrashed Devizes by 134 runs.

Middle-order man Pete Day starred with 77 as Marlborough posted 212-6 after winning the toss and batting.

Joe Wookey’s side were dismissed for a lowly 78, Marlborough’s Will Langton taking three wickets and George Fox, Ben Head and youngster Fraser Gordon all two apiece.

Skipper Tom Norris said: “Peter Day batted really well whilst we had a good all-round bowling display.”

Burbage & Easton Royal’s ex-New Zealand Test star Michael Papps hit 128 to put Winsley to the sword.

Papps hit five sixes and 13 fours after Tom Wallbridge’s side opted to bat first, with Thilina Batangala (47) and David Cope (34) also contributing to their 294-5.

Robbie Cross (55) and Jeremy Smith (36) responded for Winsley but James Lavis took 4-29 as the hosts were out for 193 off the final ball.

Calne notched up their first victory of the season as they beat Trowbridge by six wickets at Beversbrook.

Dan Knight’s side put their opponents in and, despite Wes Marshall hitting 59, sliced through the Trowbridge order, with Julian Kearney (4-61) and Sean Adams (3-20) among the wickets as the visitors were all out for 137 after 29 overs.

Adams’ unbeaten 92 from just 68 balls, saw Calne cruise to 138-4 early in the 25th over.

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