TEENAGER William Wade broke off his A-level revision to hit a maiden ECB British Gas Southern Premier League century to set up South Wilts’ 49-run win over Lymington at Bemerton.
Wade carried his bat for 103 – more than he made in the entire 2016 season when he managed to scrape together only 77 runs all summer.
“It was a very mature innings for someone of his age. It allowed us to bat around him and post a decent score, which was probably 20 above par on a pitch where the ball didn’t really come on to the bat,” said South Wilts skipper James Hibberd.
“Scoring a century will do William a power of good. He’s obviously focussed with pending A-level examinations, so getting a score like this will hopefully give him a lift in other directions.”
South Wilts lost Eddie Abel, leg before wicket to Matt Metcalfe (3-28), but Wade found timely support from Ian Holland (23) and then James Hayward (46) before Jack Mynott hit a quick fire 28 to lift the total to 241-9.
Directly Lymington dropped to 23-3, it was effectively game over.
Richard Lock (54) and Dom Hand (42) rallied but with emerging spinner Mynott taking 4-33, Lymington eventually slipped to 192 all out.
South Wilts look to extend their winning start when newly promoted Andover visit Bemerton on Saturday (1pm).
On Sunday they host Sarisbury Athletic in the second round of the ECB Royal London national club championship at Bemerton, again 1pm start.
n Rob Pittman’s 73 not out eased visiting South Wilts II to an two-wicket win at Hambledon, where they chased down 204-5 (George Marshall 67). Tom Cowley (32) and Owain Phillips (27) gave SW a healthy enough start, but it needed Pittman’s cool head to get the Bemerton side home