SOUTH Wilts having had two games cancelled because of the weather found themselves playing catch-up if they were to regain leadership of the Southern League Premier Division, writes ROY HONEYBONE.

Sadly, things did not go according to plan in their latest outing at reigning league champions St Cross.

Having lost the toss and been asked to bat South Wilts soon found themselves in trouble.

Tom Morton was the first to go being caught behind by Ed Ellis off the bowling of Matt Howarth, but then Marvin Williams entered the fray and decimated the South Wilts team with the remarkable figures of 16-5-26-7.

The only batsman to come out with any credit was Peter Rowe who made a patient, well-crafted 49 before falling to a controversial caught and bowled decision.

South Wilts were eventually dismissed for a disappointing total of 109.

The St Cross reply was not without its own problems as wickets tumbled regularly and usually prolific batsmen fell cheaply.

It was left to Ed Ellis 51, who held the innings together and edged them steadily towards their total, which was eventually achieved with a boundary in the 39th over taking St Cross to 112-6 for a four wicket win.

The result leaves South Wilts second top of the chasing pack behind leaders Bashley who are the visitors to Wiltshire this Saturday.