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WILTSHIRE LEAGUE: Still no talk of promotion at Purton
PURTON captain Elliot Hill is still refusing to be drawn on his side’s impending promotion from the Wiltshire League, despite victory over Urchfont taking his team to within touching distance of a return to the WEPL.
Fifties from Akki Gomel and Mark Gardner, combined with a tidy performance in the field, was enough for Hill’s men to see off second-placed Urchfont by 55 runs in Division One on Saturday.
That result means Purton are now 45 points clear of Wootton Bassett in second with just three games to play, and victory over Swindon NALGO next time out may be enough to secure the title mathematically.
Hill, however, continues to sit on the fence.
“I’m not going to go on record and say we’ve won the league, we probably need one more win, but it’s probably a huge step toward that,” he told the Advertiser.
“It was a massive chance for Urchfont and Bassett to close that gap, and that’s now gone so it’s a huge win for the club.
“If we can beat NALGO next weekend and the points stay roughly the same, we’d have a 45-point lead with 50 points available and you’re always going to pick up a couple of points even if you get stuffed.
“One more win will win it although NALGO away won’t be the easiest game - they’ve had a strong season, but I’m sure the squad like myself belief that seeing as we’ve won our last 12 games on the trot there’s no reason why we can’t pick up one more out of our final three games.
“We’ve still got to put the performances in to make sure we do.”
The Purton skipper was delighted with the way his players ground out the result against Urchfont - the winning margin was by far their narrowest batting first out of the five occasions they have done so this term.
“It was one of those innings where no one really went on and got a big score. There were lots of bits and pieces from pretty much everyone and it was quite similar from their point of view,” said Hill.
“They had a lot of big hitters who hit the ball cleanly and we had a bit of bad luck when the seam split on our ball within five or six overs and we had to bowl with a 35 or 40-over ball for the rest of the innings, which our seamers weren’t too happy with.
“They batted pretty well, to be fair to them, but they were always just behind the eight-ball but just within a shout if someone played a blinder of an innings.”
And despite missing Aaron Lee from their bowling attack, Hill was pleased by the contribution made by his seamers - who supported Tom Bowler’s 5-83.
“Dale’s figures, and he wouldn’t usually have taken the new ball, were 1-43 in a game where there were 550 runs scored - that’s pretty impressive.
“Adam Woolford hasn’t had much of a chance with the ball but he came back and got the key wicket of their skipper at the end and performed well.”
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