CRICKET: Wiltshire hungry for more as flawless campaign continues

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Jake Roberts, who took eight wickets in total against Dorset, bowls on day three Jake Roberts, who took eight wickets in total against Dorset, bowls on day three

COUNTY captain Mike Coles is pleased that Wiltshire can still sense room for improvement as their stellar season rolled on this week.

The county notched up their second Unicorns Championship Western Division win this week with a 97-run triumph over Dorset at Corsham.

Wiltshire had set their opponents a mammoth run chase of 425 on Tuesday’s final day before bowling out Dorset midway through the afternoon to move to move top of the pile in the Western Division table.

“It’s quite strange how we keep winning – obviously, we’re happy,” said skipper Coles.

“We had a chat after the game and there are just a few things that we need to iron out if we want to be a really good team.

“We had a few people score 50s in the first innings and it was a little bit of a shame that one of those didn’t go to get a hundred, just so we could bat them away early on.

“But It’s good that we can see those things because it gives us things to aim for going forward and means that there is a lot of pressure on people to perform to keep their place – there are already three people in contention to come into the side for the next game (away to Berkshire on July 6), so there are some tough decisions to make.”

Coles (58), Neil Clark (57) and Jayden Levitt (53) all contributed after Wiltshire were put in to bat first during the first innings, with the hosts posting 332 as they were skittled after 75 overs.

Jake Roberts then piled the pressure on Dorset with four wickets,with the visitors’ Masoor Khan top-scoring (48) for his side as they were all out for 260 in the 70th over.

Levitt then rammed home Wiltshire’s dominance with his knock of 104 from 78 balls, ably supported by Henry Langford (69), Ed Young (67) and Ashur Morrison, who hit 61 off 31 deliveries.

Coles’ men declared on 373-6 before Roberts turned the screw by claiming four more Dorset wickets.

Chris Park’s unbeaten 87 and Jake Lintott’s 65 offered up some late resistance but Wiltshire refused to be denied as they eventually skittled Dorset for 348 midway through the 72nd over of the final innings.

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