Cranch in contention for first team nod

Joe Cranch

Joe Cranch

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PROSPEROUS Joe Cranch is banging loudly on Tom Morton’s dressing room door after underlining his claims for a first team recall with an unbeaten 78 as South Wilts II crushed Fair Oak by nine wickets on a below par Lapstone Park surface.

Fair Oak won the toss and found themselves in total disarray at 16-4 after new ball spells by Dominic Webb (3-28) and Robbie Shaw (2-21).

Matt Burrell (20) and Richard Featherstone (27) provided some middleorder stability by raising the score from 30-5 to 82-6.

The Oaks lower order lifted the final total to 130 – but it was nowhere near enough to halt South Wilts in their tracks.

Teenager William Wade (30) and Cranch started with a stand of 91 – Cranch, with a six and 12 fours, going on to complete the victory with his 78 not out, which bodes well for future prospects of playing under first team skipper Tom Morton.

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