Lost by 151 runs.

Hampshire Hogs 347-2 dec; Pilgrims 196.(Brooks 60)

We took the to the field, having lost the toss for the fifth year running. Unfortunately, we only had seven players which soon increased to 10 but by which time our opponents had plundered  67 off of 5 overs. Our bowling improved but not sufficiently to prevent the Hogs captain and Pilgrim, Ollie Kelly, reaching a century(whereupon he retired). However there was no relenting in the Hogs pursuit of fast runs against a docile attack upon which  Wakefield  and Fisher ( another Pilgrim) feasted. On Wakefield reaching the second century of the Hogs innings  the declaration was made at 347-2 off 44.2 overs . It was  a very torrid session in the field  with much foot pounding  and the opposition batsmen seemingly able to score at will so much so that there was not  a single maiden over.

Although we  had a significant total in our sights, there were plenty of overs left in the day to score them on what was a very good batting deck. Things didn’t get off to the best of starts with C.Taylor (4) middling the last ball of the first over flat at cover, who took a sharp catch. This did however bring in Brooks who counter attacked until being caught having scored 60 off 40 balls. Wickets now began to tumble with resistance only coming from  Pratt (45) and  Whitcombe (13) who faced nearly 100 balls between them.  In the end we were 196 all out off 41 overs . A heavy defeat indeed and in truth we were never competitive. Warnford is a lovely ground to play on and this long standing fixture really deserves to be better supported.