CRICKET: Wiltshire win opener as Vince shines for Hampshire

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: James Vince James Vince

WILTSHIRE started their season by retaining the Marlborough Cup by beating Berkshire by 58 runs at South Wilts CC on Sunday.

Wiltshire won the toss and chose to bat and scored 257-7 in their 50 overs. 

Henry Langford scored 61, Neil Clark 46, Ed Young 34 and skipper Mike Coles 70 not out (in 54 balls).

In reply, Berkshire were all out for 199 in 45 .2 overs.

Richard Morris scored 54, David Barnes 40 and Shelvin Gumbs 45 not out. For Wiltshire Ashur Morrison took 4-40.

Wiltshire’s final warm-up match is against Dorset at South Wilts CC on Easter Monday (April 21) starting at 11am.

Squad v Dorset: Michael Coles (Corsham, captain), Joe Breet (Lechlade), Neil Clark (Potterne), Tom Foley (Corsham), James Hayward (South Wilts), Ed Kilbee (Goatacre), Adam Miles (Cardiff, wicketkeeper), Ashur Morrison (Corsham), Tom Morton (South Wilts), Jake Roberts (Potterne), Steve Warner (South Wilts), Ed Young (Potterne).

Meanwhile, former Chippenham and Warminster player James Vince put down an early marker for an England call-up with a sparkling 144 as Hampshire took control of the LV= County Championship Division Two match against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

A disappointing morning for the home side saw five wickets tumble to leave Gloucestershire 304 all out in their first innings, and this was capitalised on by Hampshire who ended the day on 417 for nine in reply.

Vince, appointed Hampshire's vice-captain and Twenty20 captain at the age of 23, toured Sri Lanka with the England Lions earlier this year and produced a batting display which exemplified why he has been tagged as 'one to watch' this season.

From a position of 98 for three, Vince guided Hampshire past Gloucestershire's total to a potentially winning position, sharing in useful partnerships of 111 with Will Smith and 155 with wicketkeeper Adam Wheater, who reached 81 not out at the close of play.

Steeple Ashton's Vince, who has now 11 first-class tons to his name, became Will Gidman's fourth victim, trapped lbw.

Gloucestershire had begun the day at the seemingly strong position of 292 for five, only for their final five wickets to fall for just 12 runs as the Hampshire bowlers ran riot, Kyle Abbott the pick of them with figures of five for 67 and James Tomlinson snaring four victims.

Will Tavare was the last man out, caught at second slip off Abbott for 139, having added only four runs to his overnight score.

Openers Michael Carberry and Jimmy Adams made a useful start for Hampshire, Carberry scoring 27 off 33 balls and Adams making 41, before both were caught behind.

Then came Vince and his heroics before Wheater picked up the baton and pushed up the scoring rate, making his 81 from 99 balls.

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