TOM Pearce has called time on his spell as South Wilts second team captain, having led the side to promotion last season and consolidated the side’s position in a Southern Premier League, Division 2.

The Fovant-based left-arm all-rounder, who has made more than 5,000 runs since joining South Wilts in his early teens, spun the coin for the last time when relegated Fawley came visiting Bemerton on the final day of the SPL season.

He smashed a quick-fire 28 as South Wilts raced to 180 all out in a rain trimmed 25-over affair, in which Fawley didn’t get to bat.

Pearce, who has no intention of moving elsewhere and will remain at Wilton Road, showed his prowess with one enormous six which cleared the houses on the leg-side Bemerton boundary.

The retiring captain took his cue from opening pair Owain Phillips (41) and Tom Cowley (42), who raced away scoring at ten runs an over.

Phillips smacked five fours off Adam Freeman’s first over as South Wilts signalled their intention to enjoy a final day run spree. Alas, it brought no tangible rewards in terms of league points.

Commenting on Pearce’s decision to step down as captain, South Wilts skipper James Hayward said: “Pearcey has captained the last seven years, taking the side up from the Hampshire League and now into our cherished position.

“I have nothing but praise from him. His commitment has been outstanding and he’s taken our seconds into their highest league ever.

“As a captain, he’s gone about his business in an unassuming manner, led by example and I know he has the respect of his team.

“I’d like to thank him for his efforts as captain and accept his decision that its now time for some new blood to lead the side. I look forward to seeing what Tom can do without the pressures of the captaincy."