Wiltshire Wallop 2018 Report
Building on 2017
After each year of the Wallop we always seek feedback from clubs to ensure we can improve the competition year on year. Based on feedback following last year’s competition, we can confirm:
- Play-Cricket – We will use play-cricket for the 2nd year in 2018, after running the competition through it for the first time in 2017
- Pink balls and coloured clothing – This was not mandatory last year and nor will it be this year. However, the feedback from clubs that used it was positive and so we encourage clubs to try ideas such as coloured clothing and pink balls so as to make the competition as appealing and eye catching as possible
- Plate finals day – This was a great way of involving all teams in the group stages and giving them something to play for if they lost early matches. This will continue in 2018
- Competition and Discipline rules for finals day – As we always stress, the aim of the competition is to be as unbureaucratic as possible, and as such we will continue to encourage games to be played in that spirit, particularly in the group stages where there will not be centrally appointed umpires. However, based on feedback we will be introducing slightly more formalised competition rules and frameworks for the finals day stage at which point appointed umpires will be in place.
Format for this year
Cup competition - Winners and runners up from all groups will go in to the cup quarter finals to qualify for cup finals on Sunday 12th August
Plate competition - Third and fourth placed trams will go in to plate quarter finals then finals day
Finals Day Report
The 2018 Wiltshire Wallop competition came to a conclusion on Saturday 8th September as the reigning champions, Corsham CC, hosted themselves, Burbage, Potterne and Warminster on finals day.
Following a group stage involving 16 teams and success in the quarter final stages, these four clubs came together to compete for the honour of being crowned Wiltshire's premier T20 side. The Wiltshire Wallop was devised in 2013 with the intention of offering competitive 20 over cricket from clubs across the whole of the county. The rules are intended to be simple and the competition a fun but competitive break from Saturday league cricket.
On finals day, the semi-finals were competed between Corsham and Burbage and Potterne and Warminster. Following these matches the stage was set set for the final between holders Corsham, who had won the competition in the previous two seasons, and Potterne, who were previous champions in 2014 and 2015.
Batting first, Corsham could only manage 115-8 with Charley Reed top scoring with 41. For Potterne Jake Roberts led the way with 3-24 from his four overs. In reply, Potterne reached their target pretty comfortably inside 14 overs and for the loss of just 3 wickets as Tom Cullen scored 29 not out, ably supported by Jack Bramwell (30 not out) and Neil Clark (28).
Well done to Potterne CC on being crowned champions and thank you to all clubs that participated in 2018.
Important thanks must also go to Corsham CC for hosting the finals, WACO for providing umpires on finals day and competition organiser, Ben White for his voluntary time in running the competition.