Scrum half Murray leads the way for Cricklade with four tries

Cricklade's Callum Watkins makes a break

Cricklade's Callum Watkins makes a break

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Dorset & Wilts Div 2 North.

Cricklade 78 Bath Saracens 8.

ON one of the wettest weekends of the year, Cricklade's pitch survived an inspection and the home side ran out emphatic winners, with four tries coming from Mike Murray.

Cricklade began with some hard rucking and mauling along with some well-drilled forward attacks up the centre and were awarded their first try in the seventh minute.

Scrum half Murray started the move on the halfway line, picking up from the back of a ruck and, after good work from Nick Niven and inter passing between four of five players, Murray was on hand to dance around the last two players to place the ball under the posts.

Nathan Waite slotted the conversion, one of his nine successful kicks out of 12 in the game as the floodgates opened for Cricklade.

Bath's only score of the first half was when they kicked a penalty right in front of the posts.

The rain eased in the second half but not the pressure on the Bath defence, despite the home side making several changes.

The Cricklade backs saw more of the ball and there were some powerful runs from the Watkins brothers, Callum and Aaron, who caused chaos for Saracens.

Among the Cricklade scorers was Rich Leighton with his debut try for the team after taking an offload from captain Danny Harris.

One lapse in concentration by the Cricklade defence allowed the Bath winger to score his side's only points of the half.

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