PURTON skipper Aaron Lee admits his side missed a trick this weekend as they lost to Calne by six wickets in WEPL Wiltshire on Saturday.

Lee chose to bat after winning the toss and watched his side get off to a blistering start due to opening pair of Mohamed Cook and Elijah Samuel.

Samuel was the first wicket of the day with the score reading 174-1, 85 of which came from the number two.

Cook continued with his innings and recorded a mammoth 124-run haul as the hosts called it quits at 276-4.

“It was a blisteringly hot day, we won the toss and we had a bat and got off to a perfect start,” said Lee.

“The opening two were sensational with the bat and it wouldn’t be too far out there to say that they are probably one of the best opening pairs in the league.

“They are capable of doing that against any team. It was tough bowling conditions but you do still have to capitalise on them.

“Then everyone else chipped in a little bit and got us up to a total of 276, which we thought would be a tough chase.

“It wasn’t an easy bowling track in the sense that it had quick outfield, dry wickets are tough to get anything out of while you are bowling.

“The more you put in the less you get out of it sometimes.

“We didn’t bowl well and we didn’t field well, Calne batted well and won the game. We really didn’t deserve to win the game.”

Both teams opted to watch England’s World Cup match against Sweden, and while Lee says that may have disrupted his team, he refused to blame the victory on that.

“We didn’t bowl well consistently, we did it well in patches but not enough,” he added.

“It was a tough one to take. We started at 11.45am, then we finished the first innings at 2.50, restarted at five, maybe that had an impact, I don’t know.

“It broke up the day but I don’t think we can use that as an excuse, we weren’t at the races.”

It was a disappointing weekend for the local sides, as both Swindon and Royal Wootton Bassett suffered defeats.

Swindon were up against league leaders Warminster and were 74 runs short of their counterpart’s total of 209.

Conor Taylor and Udit Talati both took a trio of wickets for Swindon in addition to Alex Kill’s double, but it wasn’t enough for the home side, who were quickly removed for 135.

Royal Wootton Bassett were comfortably beaten at home by Marshfield. After winning the toss, skipper Darren Beasant ordered Marshfield to the crease where they put together 209.

In truth, Bassett never threatened as they battled through to 101 all out.