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Thruxton collapse as Stockbridge take the win
1:51pm Tuesday 6th August 2013 in Sport
Stockbridge v Thruxton.
Thruxton’s woes continued on Saturday when their batsmen failed to back up a superb bowling display losing by 62 runs to local rivals Stockbridge. Thruxton asked Stockbridge to bat first and a superb opening bowling spell by Adam Mills and Dean Cresswell made life hard for the openers. Cresswell took the first wicket with only seven runs on the board and Matt Knight continued to be miserly along with Cresswell and Stockbridge limped to 41-2 after 21 overs, Cresswell taking the second wicket. Opener Ian Leaman was still at the crease and shared a decent partnership with Malley before the latter was bowled by youngster Johnny Darling for 17. Leaman started another partnership with Burton and reached a fine 50, unfortunately he fell very next ball.
Stockbridge started to up the run rate until Mills returned and produced a hostile unplayable two overs taking three wickets. Sean Yates finally got in on the act when Winstone snapped up his fourth catch, Stockbridge finishing on 148-8, with Mills the pick taking 3-14 off ten overs, backed up by Cresswell 2-21.
True to form Thruxton got off to a terrible start losing Andy McGovern before a run was scored. They however put on 30 runs for the second wicket before Yates fell then Paul Harvey became Donley's second victim. Simpson was batting well but the turning point came in the 19th over when Simpson (31) was superbly run out from a direct throw and Mills falling first ball. This left Thruxton on 58-5 at drinks and their last hopes, Matt Knight (11) and Dean Cresswell (16) fell by the 30th over with the score on 82 and it was all over with Thruxton all out for 86. Malley (1-24), Ewens (3-15) Donley 3-32 and Simpson 2-14 took the wickets.