Westbury travelled to play Lechlade in the latest Wiltshire and Gloucestershire League Division One, hoping to continue their good start to the 2014 league season.
When Westbury got to Lechlade they found themselves playing against a South African international Under 19 World Cup winner in one Bradley Dial.
Westbury won the toss and surprisingly decided to field first on the hottest day of the years so far. They made three changes from last week’s abandoned game with Rob Hislop, Martin Dolman and Clark Evans coming in for Jacques Prinsloo, James Cotterill (on Army Cricket duty) and Andy Carroll.
Westbury opened with Rose and Wade and when the total reached 20 they broke through when Thornley was caught in the slips by Cullen off the bowling of Wade. Dial was then joined by the ex-Westbury captain Joe Breet and they soon started to dominate the bowling attack. As the total reached 99 Breet was out leg before to the new Westbury captain Senneck. Dial continued to compile his runs. When the total reached 160 Dial achieved his 100 off 90 balls in 107mins. Shortly afterwards Nicholls was out for 17.
It was at this time that the Lechlade batsman attacked the bowling in so much so that the last 20 overs Westbury conceded 143 for the loss of 5 wickets. The damage was done by Dickinson (63) and Vishanage (42*). At the end of their allotted overs Lechlade had compiled 313 for 9 wkts. Martin Dolman (3-39 off 10 overs) had the best figures.
When Westbury batted they made their intentions quite clear that they were going to have a go at the daunting Lechlade score but when the total reached 43 Westbury had lost three wickets for 7 runs off 5 overs.
It was then left to Senneck and MacDonald to build a partnership which they did and took the total to 95 when they lost three quick wickets with Senneck (23), MacDonald (37) and Rose (0) all falling.
Then Wade with the help of the lower order took the total from 109 for 6 to 222 for 9 off their allotted overs leaving Lechlade winners by 91 runs. At the end of the innings Wade was unbeaten on 63.