Monty Lyons celebrated his adult South Wilts debut in style with a five-wicket haul against Hampshire League Division 5 North rivals Collingbourne – no mean feat for a 12-year-old!

Opening the bowling for South Wilts fourth team, Monty struck with the new ball, having Aaron Hitchmough caught and, when he returned for a second spell later, he snapped up four of the last five Collingbourne wickets to fall to finish with figures of 5-29.

Collingbourne totalled 158 (Andy Holman 74) and bowled South Wilts out for 89 (J Burton 39), Lyons striking his first senior boundary before being dismissed for six.

Monty is in the U12s Wiltshire squad and is in his third season at South Wilts after starting cricket through the club’s community cricket scheme at age 9 years. 

His proud mother Melanie was happy to buy the celebratory five-wicket ‘jug’ of beer when the South Wilts team returned to Bemerton after the game, though Monty was happy to sip a lemonade.