Collingbourne come up trumps in basement decider

Owen Sheppard helped Collingbourne to victory and safety in Wiltshire League 1

Owen Sheppard helped Collingbourne to victory and safety in Wiltshire League 1

First published in Sport

Swindon Nalgo v Collingbourne.

In the final game of the league season Collingbourne travelled to Swindon Nalgo for a game that would decide who finished bottom of Division 1. Collingbourne lost the toss and were put in on a damp track and openers Graham Chandler and Owen Sheppard saw off the new ball well and pushed on as the pitch did misbehave but not as much as was expected. The pair put on 56 in 16 overs before Chandler was caught then Paul Gittens survived and early run out appeal to throw the bat and he and Sheppard continued on sharing a further 100 run partnership before Sheppard was out for 82. Charlie Knight offered good support to Gittens who was well within his stride striking sixes all over the park as Collingbourne posted 259-2 with Gittens not out on 114. A score that seemed 100 more than Collingbourne first hoped for.

Collingbourne openers Jon Candler and Harry Browne asked some difficult questions and despite some good hitting Nalgo found themselves three down in 15 overs. Billy Brett then came on to claim an additional two wickets but the Nalgo number four still stood fast. With Ian Kiy running out of bowling options he turned to Sheppard who struck twice in his first over, with a very good catch in the deep by Harry Browne then removing the number four after he had made 50, caught by Graham Chandler claiming his third of the game. Sheppard seemed to be getting all the luck and bounce with his medium pacers as he picked up to more wickets caught by Candler and Jamie Stamp behind the stumps. Harry Wilde came on for an over, and after being dispatched for a six claImed the number 11 thanks again to a fourth good catch by Chandler. Nalgo ended on 175 all out from 36 overs.

Having made themselves safe the weekend before Collingbourne II took on already promoted Burbage III in a difficult tie and game and came off very much second best. Asked to bat first Collingbourne only made 81 which Burbage knocked off for the loss of three wickets.

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