Wiltshire lose despite Morton century
Tom Morton’s maiden championship century proved to be in vain as Wiltshire lost their Minor Counties match against Devon by 118 runs at Corsham.
Chasing a mammoth 494 for victory, only Morton’s 167 off 192 balls and Owen Alsop’s 44 provided any real resistance as Wiltshire were dismissed for 375, with Trevor Anning and Scott Barlow taking three wickets apiece.
Devon’s decision to bat first looked to have backfired when Tahir Afridi claimed 5-34 in 18 overs to bowl the visitors out for just 119.
However, Wiltshire also struggled with the bat and could only muster a mere 100 thanks to Neil Hancock’s 3-22 and Barlow’s 3-25.
Devon started to build a lead as Rob Holman and James Burke, who made 65, put on 97 for the opening wicket.
Three quick wickets saw Devon slip to 157 for four but David Lye struck a century and Hancock made 84 as the pair put on 151 for the fifth wicket.
Barlow struck 50 in a last wicket stand of 69 with Chris Bradley as Devon were eventually dismissed for 474, with Steve Warner picking up 5-102.
Wiltshire’s run-chase started badly as they stuttered to 51 for three and then 146 for six, before Morton and Alsop broke a Wiltshire record, putting on 171 for the seventh wicket before Owen departed.
Morton, who was given his county cap after the match, went to his hundred but Wiltshire fell short after Barlow claimed 3-57 and Anning took 3-87.
Devon (20pts) beat Wiltshire (4pts) by 118 runs