WOOTTON Bassett captain Darren Beasant praised “fabulous” Sam Lawro after he spearheaded a successful run chase against Box in Surridge Sport Wiltshire League Division One.
Lawro anchored the Bassett innings with a stylish 94, falling as he tried to make his century by hitting a six, with his side requiring just five to win, as a target of 178 was reached with an over to spare.
Beasant said: “Sam got the score up to around four or five to win and six for his hundred and aimed for the shot in one, missed it and was bowled for 94 after Harvey (Cummins) had pointed out he needed six for 100.
“It was the same old Sam. He was fabulous.
“They had a decent bowling attack, bowled it in good areas and moved it around early on and he had to spend some time getting himself in but if you missed your line or length you got punished.”
Earlier, the spin twins of Lee Stevens and Ian Lancaster claimed seven wickets between them.
Malmesbury maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign as they romped to a ten-wicket triumph over Swindon NALGO.
James Gillespie hit an unbeaten 91 and George Royle 54 not out to bring their side home inside 31 overs.
Earlier Sanjay Chauhan had scored 60 for Nalgo as they reached 166 all out in the 44th over.
Josh Langley took 4-19 from eight overs and Philip Cool 3-40 from 10.4.
Beanacre & Melksham also coasted to victory against Swindon Civil Service, bowling out their rivals for just 62 as Andy Footner finished with 4-24 off 12 overs and son Jack 3-7 off seven.
Beanacre openers Mark Wiltshire (28) and Steve Rendell (10) knocked off the bulk of the runs, with Matt Hunt (seven) and Paul Gilbert (12) seeing the over the line in the 14th over.
Dan Tallentire spun Bradford on Avon to victory against Collingbourne, who won the toss and batted first.
They struggled against a miserly spell from Matthew Harrington, who picked up the first three wickets for 26 runs off his 12 overs.
At the 20 over mark Collingbourne were 61-3 and, despite a partnership of 68 between Owen Sheppard (43) and Ian Kiy (33), Tallentire bowled an excellent spell of 11 overs, with three maidens, picking up 6-33.
Collingbourne closed on 172-9 and in reply, Bradford's wicketkeeper/batsman Ian Pinchen scored a half-century off 56 ball.
Contributions from Adam Cooksey (25) and an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership of 53 between Harrington (29) and James Pike (37) led Bradford home to a five-wicket victory.
SWINDON United Churches continue to set the pace after their 66-run success over All Cannings.
Daniel Hunt scored an unbeaten 96, Jimmy Mann (63) and Chris Gilchrist (37) also contributing well to Churches’ total of 236-5.
Cannings had good knocked of 43 from Alex Surman and 41 from Gareth Robb but Shakhil Srivastava (4-40), Adam Tooze (3-43) and Richard Martin (1-15) left them well short on 170 all out Wroughton Wranglers were five-wicket winners over Spye Park in a low-scoring match.
Spye were dismissed for just 57 in 29 overs as Ben Webber took 5-12 from ten overs and Alan Stratford 3-15. Wranglers had knocked off the runs by the second ball of the 15th over.
YASIR Irshad played a starring role with the bat as Wootton Bassett 2nd won by eight wickets against Corsham 3rd.
Corsham reached 153-9 from their allocation, Paul Huckin taking 3-11 in six overs and Luke Curtis scored 45.
Irshad dominated the reply, clubbing 77 in 44 balls, including nine fours and six sixes as Bassett won in the 20th over.
Wanborough lost out by three wickets against Beehive (Southwick), despite Nick Stacey’s unbeaten 58 in their 121 all out.
Ady Day took 3-22 and James Taylor 2-18 for Beehive, Taylor adding an unbeaten 42 as Beehive got home for the loss of seven wickets, despite 3-20 from Ed Armstrong and 2-15 from Andy Thompson.
A third-innings partnership of 57 between Clive Bailey (17) and AJ Hobbs &6 not out) rebuilt the Beanacre & Melksham 2nd innings after they chose to bat against Seagry.
Dean Wallington joined Hobbs and the pair then put on 141 off 20 overs, Wallington departing in the final over for 80 as they closed on 208-4.
Seagry’s second-wicket partnership of 90 between Mike Hunt (38) and Paul Lewis (66) appeared to be turning the game their way.
But Wallington wrapped up victory with 5-11 off 5.3 overs which included a hat-trick.
Avebury made 235-4 against Potterne 3rd, with Dave Russell scoring 73 and John Rheinberg 67, before bowling their opponents out for 129, Dean Roodt taking 5-32 and Pete Force-Jones 5-41.
Ollie Hares’ 5-15 helped Heytesbury & Sutton Veny bowl out Biddestone 3rd for 136 before reaching their target for the loss of six wickets.
JED MacDonald made an impact early on taking two wickets in his first over and a third with the first ball of his second over for Warminster 3rd against Spye Park 2nd.
Park were all out for 133, Graham Cuthbertson with 3-14 off nine overs.
Warminster batted steadily in reply with opener Dale Anderson falling for 32.
Down one batsman though, they struggled and finished all out for 104 in the 34th over, Sanjay Malik scoring 15.
Swindon B amassed 213-8 from their 45 overs against Corsham 4th, Ash Baden with 77 and Paul Baden 58.
Corsham were all out for 104 in 23.5 overs in reply.
Division Five BRADFORD on Avon 2nd eased past Cherhill, who were dismissed for only 44 in the 27th over.
Opening bowler Danny Hall did most of the damage with two excellent spells, finishing with figures of 7-10 from 8.5 overs.
Keith Moss with two and Matt John picked up the remaining wickets as only father and daughter pair of Chris and Emily Bogg, with 13 and eight respectively, offered any resistance.
Bradford’s reply got off to a shaky start with openers Graham Long and Paul Wilson bowled by Malcolm Parrack, but a patient unbeaten 26 from Tony Burrows and eight from Hall saw them comfortably home in the 15th over.
BATTING first on a slow, low wicket, Box 2nd found the going difficult against Burbage & Easton Royal 3rd once 15-year-old Tom Stone found his line and took first five wickets.
Stone later returned to polish off the innings, finishing with 8-23.
Chasing 84, Burbage batted cautiously against the nagging bowling of Rich Rymer and Kev Dolman, losing four wickets to Rymer before reaching their target with six wickets to spare.
Ged Roddy scored an unbeaten 91 of Winsley 3rd’s 152 all out against Marshfield 3rd.
Rob Iles took 3-26 and then hit 59 as Marshfield knocked off the runs for the loss of one wicket, Richard Guy adding an unbeaten 55.
Lacock 2nd were five-wickets winners over Potterne 4th, who reached 178-8 with Kevin Clarke scoring 79.
Matt Cookson’s 46 and 44 from Matt Lever led the reply home, despite 3-42 from Potterne’s Liam Cutler.
FOOTBALLERS Andy Sandell and Alan Griffin came up trumps for Goatacre 4th, who posted a massive 376-5 against local rivals Calne 3rd, who were then bowled out for 51.
Newport County’s Sandell hit 97, with Chippenham Town striker Griffin scoring 115.
Marlborough 3rd’s Andrew Crabbe scored an unbeaten 103 and Ed Puddick 72 as they side reached 240-4 against Bathford 2nd, who were then bowled out for 42, Bradley Frost taking 5-3 from 5.2 overs.
Devizes 3rd were 65-run winners over Purton 3rd (108 all out) as Alan Swinburne scored 37 in their total of 173-9.
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