David Banks stepped down from his role as captain at Sarisbury and then saved his side from total humiliation with a gutsy counter-attack.
Sarisbury had turned in a good effort in the field to restrict the Southern Electric premier division leaders to 198 for nine.
But South Wilts’ Australian left-arm pace bowler, Ryan Duffield, looked like he was set to take all 10 Sarisbury wickets with a devastating display.
With Duffield having reduced Sarisbury to 35 for nine single-handedly, Banks then threw caution to the wind with a fine knock and struck nine fours and two sixes in his 59 to drag his side up towards respectability.
It still ended with Duffield claiming figures of nine for 65 and a 96-run loss for Athletic.
But Banks, who has handed the captaincy to Matt Journeaux, felt the bowler was simply too good for this level of cricket.
Banks said: ‘It was a bloke bowling inswinging yorkers at 85mph to club cricketers.
‘He was just too good for this level and it almost got to the stage where it was pretty pointless.
‘He was playing in the Big Bash a few months ago.
‘If you took him out of it, it would have been an even game.
‘We bowled and fielded really well. But South Wilts are a good side and have an exceptional bowler in Duffield.
‘There are rumours that nine counties are interested in him.
‘He is a first-class cricketer and it will happen again this season where he will blow sides away.’
Banks found that attack was the best form of defence and shared a 67-run partnership with number 11 batsman Phil Jewell for the last wicket.
He said: ‘I just enjoyed myself. We put on 67 and fair play to Phil – he got four!
‘I just attacked Duffield because we had nothing to lose by that point.
‘I remember when I played for BAT, we bowled Liphook out for 44 so we had to get above that.
‘It didn’t look too bad in the end!’
Banks, who has had to keep wicket this season, revealed that a succession of injuries had played its part in him handing over the captaincy.
He said: ‘I’ve been struggling with injuries and it needs someone a bit more enthusiastic about it.
‘We need someone a bit younger. Things have taken their toll on me a bit.
‘There are no major dramas but I am finding it hard to get through games so it made sense to hand over to Matt.’