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Cummins and Shah see Bass home
HALF-CENTURIES from Harvey Cummins and Kamlesh Shah sent Wootton Bassett on their way to a crushing 151-run victory over Malmesbury in the Wiltshire Division.
Bassett were all out for 228 in their innings, as Cummins and Shah were backed up by Chris Gregory and Akash Sharma, who scored 38 and 33 respectively.
George Royle and Thomas Pickering were the pick of the visiting bowlers as Royle took 4-14 in only three overs, while Pickering took 3-39 from his 10.
The Malmesbury reply never got going, as Daniel Ellis took two wickets at the start of the innings to see off James Pearce-Smith and James Gillespie.
Sharma took the scalps of Michael Collison and Marcus Bond, while Mohamed Shihaz took the wicket of Royle, who was the only Malmesbury batsman to reach double figures.
Shihaz also removed Pickering and Jack Ward, before Cummins took the final three wickets to make sure of the win.
Nationwide House also tasted success with a nine-wicket victory over Devizes which moved them up to second in the table behind leaders Marshfield.
Joe Perkins took four wickets to help Nationwide restrict the home side to 123, and in reply David Coates hit an unbeaten 66 as his side reached their target for the loss of only one wicket.
Marlborough finally got their Wiltshire League campaign underway with a comfortable 73-run victory at home to Spye Park.
Put into bat by the visitors, Marlborough openers Nick Crabbe (23) and Ben Head (19) gave the home side a solid start.
With Pete Day marking his return to the club with 40 and useful lower-order contributions from Harrison Painter (34 not out) and Peter Grant (17), the home side reached 202-8 off their 50 overs.
Mark Hulse (3-32) and Dean Wallington (2-37) were the pick of the bowlers for Spye Park.
In reply, Spye's batsmen struggled to deal with the bowling of Ben Head as the Marlborough all-rounder took 5-21.
Russell West (48) offered some strong resistance but the young bowling pair of Cam Gordon (2-26) and Paul Smith (2-22) ensured the hosts secured victory by dismissing Spye for 129.
Skipper Nick Crabbe said: “It was a good all-round performance, especially considering we had four players under 17 in the side, who all emerged with great credit from the game.”
Lechlade suffered an away defeat to leaders Marshfield, but the 2nd XI beat Apperley by 12 runs in an extremely tight game.