After last weeks victory against Froxfield, Captain Phil Wilson returned to the side for Saturday’s game against St Cross 6th XI. Captain Wilson lost the toss on a green pitch at KGV, with the St Cross skipper electing to bat.
James Flood and Josh Poulter opened the bowling for Compton, looking to restrict St Cross to a low total. After a loss few overs, successive maidens helped to slow the run rate. Josh was the first to strike. After a thick edge to gully, Matt Scorey executed a circus-esque juggling catch to remove the opening batsman. 2 balls later, Josh struck again. Using the low pitch, he bowled the new batsman for 0.
After a strong partnership between two of St Cross’ young batsmen, St Cross looked to be on the way to posting a good total. A good display of swing bowling from Will Weynberg and spin bowling from Phil Wilson restricted the run-rate in the middle overs. Phil took the wicket of the other opener, after scoring a hard-fought 32, with his quicker ball that was caught well by Josh.
Once again, one wicket bought two as Will had the new man caught at mid-wicket by Jenny Wilson. The middle order looked to up the run-rate as the St Cross skipper looked to attack the Compton spin attack. Despite two very close stumping calls, Heard scored a quick-fire 50 before being bowled by Phil. Phil then boweld the new man two balls later, earning Compton another bowling point.
Jenny got her name on the scorecard as the young Burgess was stumped in the last over for a well made 48. St Cross looked to have scored a good total, posting 157 for 7 off of their 42 overs.
Matt Scorey and Nick Spearing took to the field, hoping to give Compton a good start to the chase. After struggling to get the ball away from the tight lines of the opening bowlers, Nick tried latch onto a short ball only to pick out the man at mid-wicket. James Hake was the next man in. Matt Scorey was then bowled trying to drive the ball. Compton looked to be struggling when James Hake was bowled in the 12th over, leaving Compton 25 for 3.
Simon Copland and Jenny Wilson looked to take the charge to the change bowlers. After a loose few overs, Si and Jenny looked to be in fine form, only being hindered by a very slow outfield. Running plenty of two’s and three’s, great stroke play left the St Cross skipper with a headache. Simon made a quick-fire 50, before Jenny joined the party. She scored an excellent 33 before retiring hurt due to a wrist injury.
The century stand between the two set up the innings for Comptons middle order to see it home. Will Weynberg batted with his usual aggression, attacking the leg-side boundary. Si was unfortunately caught behind for 58, to be replaced by James Copland. James hit his first ball for four, before being bowled second ball. Martin Ashman and Will Weynberg put on the last 20 runs, guiding Compton to a five wicket win.
This was a fifth successive win for the 4th XI, who now look to upset top of the table Hartley Witney next week.