Nothing says ‘All Cannings Cricket Club’ quite like collapsing to an inexcusable defeat one week then producing one of the most incredible performances in the history of the Wiltshire League the next. Consistency is not a trait readily associated with this team and after losing poorly to Ramsbury last weekend, they returned on Saturday to utterly destroy Wanborough in the most one-sided games of cricket most people will ever see.
Bowling first, Cannings took to the pitch full of confidence against a team who hadn’t won all season, but even the most wildly optimistic would never have foreseen the hour which followed. Hugo Saye took the new ball for the first time in a season and a half after a shoulder injury and, with Harry Easton at the other end, had the visitors on edge from the start. Wanborough held out through the first two overs before a Saye hat trick in third ripped the heart out of the visitor’s batting order.
From that point there was no way back and when Matt Tilley replaced Saye after eight overs, Wanborough were four wickets down with just six runs on the board. Tilley kept the good work going, taking two for seven, but the real star for Cannings was Easton, claiming his first ever five wicket haul at the expense of just six runs. When the final wicket fell, the visitors had amassed just 20 runs, one of the lowest totals ever recorded in the Wiltshire League, and Easton was clapped from the pitch by both teams with the match ball deservedly in his hand.
Cannings went straight out to bat, opening with Tilley and Tom Wellard. A contentious LBW decision saw one wicket fall but captain Steve Parker came in and steered the side home in only 4.5 overs. In just an hour and a half, Cannings had completed one of the most remarkable- and surreal- matches any of them had ever played in, and will now head to Coate next week to face Potterne 3 hopeful of back to back wins for the first time this season.