SOUTH Wilts ‘roar’ into the semi-final of the T20 competition after resoundingly beating Sparsholt by 49 runs.

South Wilts won the toss and batted, and made a rapid start through openers James Hayward and Joe Cranch. The tight opening spell from Banks bought the wicket of Cranch, leaving the score at 52-1.

Hayward and Ben Draper then added 35 quick runs, with the former passing a third consecutive half-century in this competition. Both batsmen then fell in quick succession. 20 runs later, Tom Cowley was run-out which left the score at 111-4 off 15 overs.

However, for Jack Mynott, playing his first T20 game of the summer, the highlight would be a six over extra-cover as Mynott scored 33 off only 24 balls. Ryan Murray then struck 12 off only 4 balls, including a six off the final ball of the innings, to finish South Wilts’ innings on an above-par 151-6.

Tight bowling from Rob Pittman and Murray allowed only six runs. Murray struck in his first over, while Pittman bowled his 4 overs straight through, going for only 13. A huge effort from leg-spinner Jack Richards, who dismissed both batsmen in consecutive balls to leave the score at 67-3 inside 10 overs.

Richards added another couple of wickets in his 4 over spell, finishing with the best figures of the day with 4-19. Luke Evans then returned to dismiss the dangerous Banks for 21, then the Sparsholt lower-order, to finish himself with excellent figures of 3-16 from his four overs as Sparsholt finished with 102-8.