SOUTH Wilts are Southern Electric Premier League history makers after winning the Premier Division crown for a record-breaking fourth successive time.

They beat battling Burridge by 33 runs at Bemerton to secure the title.

The victory completed a magnificent week for the Salisbury club, who beat Havant four days earlier to retain the Electric twenty20 Cup for a third year running.

And there should be more silverware heading Bemerton way on Saturday if South Wilts’ second team pick up the handful of bonus points they need to win the Premier Division 3 title.

No club has ever won a first and second team championship in the same season before.

Tom Morton had warned his South Wilts team-mates that Burridge would spare no quarter – their own plight at the bottom of the Premier Division a significant reason for upsetting the applecart.

South Wilts found themselves under pressure straight away as the dangerous Eddie Abel fell for five.

Fellow opener and skipper Tom Morton moved his tally up to 873 league runs for the season with an aggressive 30 before being caught of off the bowling of Hampshire’s Joe Gatting (3-29).

It was introduction of Gatting himself and Lee Savident (2-29) that saw runs hard to come by and wickets tumble.

James Hayward (28) was bowled by Savident as the triple champions soon slumped to


But South Wilts’ strength in depth shone through as Jake Foley (33) and Rob Franklin (18) combined to form what proved to be a match winning 70-run partnership of 70, which lifted the total to 176.

With the skies turning ever darker, South Wilts took the field with a big job in hand if the championship was to be secured there and then.

The bowlers were soon in the action, with early wickets falling to Steve Warner (3-26) and Steve Booth (2-34), before bad light temporarily halted play.

Shortly after play resumed, news broke that Lymington had defeated Havant, making South Wilts champions once again, irrespective of the Burridge result.

Aussie Ryan Duffield (3-26) made further inroads to complete the job.

Tom Morton spoke of the club's fourth title success: “I am thoroughly pleased with the outcome of the season. I’m so proud of the club’s achievements over the last four years, but to win in this fashion and break quite a few records along the way makes all our hard work over the last few years seem worthwhile."

"There’s been so many contributors throughout the season, from a good 14 or 15 players, and the way we have won close games, has shown great belief and composure.”

“I’m not quite sure where we will go from here but it’s important we set new targets and continue to develop as a team. This year’s been another fantastic season and planning for many more.”