Initially shining with the ball and taking two wickets in a tidy ten-over spell, the Havant-raised Hovey led the way as Greenvale attempted to chase down the Magpies 217-9 in 50 overs. He made 97 and was sixth out at 159-6 amid a massive batting collapse. The Kangaroos were 111-1 at one stage, with Hovey opening the batting.
Teenage Sarisbury Athletic cricketer Harry Hovey was dismissed just three runs short of a maiden century on Australian soil playing for his adopted club, Melbourne Greenvale in the Victoria Premier League Second Grade against Camberwell Magpies, where Havant's Andy Gorvin played last winter.
Initially shining with the ball and taking two wickets in a tidy ten-over spell, the Havant-raised Hovey led the way as Greenvale attempted to chase down the Magpies 217-9 in 50 overs. He made 97 and was sixth out at 159-6 amid a massive batting collapse. The Kangaroos were 111-1 at one stage, with Hovey opening the batting.
Portsmouth overseas player Fraser Hay slammed 116 off 74 balls - his maiden First Grade century - for Perth club Melville against Wanneroo at Kingsley Park. Arriving at the crease with Melville 132-4, he smashed nine sixes and eight fours in his century, outgunning Australia Test batsman Adam Voges (32) in a substantial fifth-wicket stand. Melville posted 295-5, but Essex prodigy Dan Lawrence made a superb 140 to put Wanneroo in with a chance of victory at 243-7 with six overs to go.
Former Bishops Waltham cricketer and past City of Southampton Football League President Fred Wiltshire, who tirelessly dedicated his sporting life to local soccer and cricket, died recently after a long illness. He was 72.
A plumber by trade, he was heavily involved in Meon Valley and Southampton sport for many years and, typical of many of his piers, played football in the winter months before switching to cricket when summer came around.
After retiring he took up refereeing and regularly umpired league cricket matches.
A hugely popular, well liked and respected official, Fred was presented with the FA’s prestigious 50 years Service to Football award in June 2014.
A real character and extremely well known in local sporting circles, Fred grew up in the Meon Valley and played cricket for many years for Bishops Waltham.
He was playing well before the formation of the Hampshire League in 1973 – a fiery fast bowler, a fearsome sight coming down the Hoe Road slope.
Typical of many lower-order batsmen, he was a renowned big hitter and his sizeable hands made him a good catcher of the ball.
Like in football, once he retired from playing Fred took up officiating and umpired regularly for Hursley Park.
A great Hampshire county cricket supporter, Fred unselfishly put endless hours into local sport for the benefit of countless local cricketers and footballers who have much to thank him for.
In soccer circles, he was a robust centre-half in Saturday football for Wickham before retiring to join Swanmore, where he was club secretary for many years.
He founded and played for the South Star Sunday team which played in the Meon Valley League.
He was a great enthusiast, serving on the Meon Valley League committee for many years and, after hanging up his boots, took up the whistle to officiate matches at a time (in the early 1970s) when appointed referees were a rare commodity.
His playing days over, Fred was never happier than in a meeting, often preferring a Meon Valley or Southampton League committee sit to watching a live professional game on TV.
Fred went on to referee in the Hampshire League, before becoming a touchline and post-match mentor to countless aspiring ‘men in black’.
He was a founder member of the Eastleigh Referees Association and one of its Vice-Presidents for over 15 years.
Mr Wiltshire was Southampton Divisional FA Vice President for 28 years, its chairman between 2002 and 2005, and deputy chairman from 2005 to 2008
He was Southampton Football league President for 27 years.
Fred’s life will be celebrated at Portchester Crematorium on Monday November 7 (1pm) and afterwards in the nearby Seagull public house.
It promises to be a fitting farewell occasion to pay tribute to a person who put back into sport behind the scenes what he took out of it as a player hundreds of times over ….
South African international Ryan McLaren, arguably Hampshire's most influential player this summer, has dropped an autumn bombshell by joining Lancashire. More news later.
Retiring second team captain Tom Pearce has been named South Wilts’ Clubman of the Year.
The Fovant-based left-arm all-rounder, who has made well over 5,000 runs since joining South Wilts in his early teens, collected his award at the club’s recent presentation dinner, with an accolade from club captain James Hayward.
“Pearcey has captained the last seven years, taking the side up from the Hampshire League and now into our cherished position," Hayward said.
“I have nothing but praise from him. His commitment has been outstanding and he’s taken our 2nd XI 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 – may be in the first team next summer.”
The father and son combination of Paul and Ben Draper scooped the President’s award and Junior Clubman awards, respectively.
Award winners: President’s award: Paul Draper; Clubman of the Year: Tom Pearce; Junior Clubman: Ben Draper; 1st XI: Jack Mynott; Young Player and 2nd XI: Sam Arnold; 3rd XI: Jon Burton; 4th XI: Paul Wylie.
Teenage Hampshire leg spinner Mason Crane bowled his adopted Australian club Gordon to a thumping 250-run win over the University of New South Wales in his Sydney Grade competition debut.
Crane took 4-49 – three of his victims were catches and the fourth trapped leg before wicket – as the students were dismissed for a paltry 157 in response to Gordon’s towering 407-9.
Crane is spending the winter in Sydney on an ECB spin bowler placement.
Hampshire have awarded scholarships to promising youngsters Ben Duggan, Josh McCoy, Jake Goodwin and Calvin Dickinson.
The scholarships will see the quartet commence their winter training programmes at the Ageas Bowl in November before heading to Durban, South Africa to continue their development in January.
The players will also link up with former Hampshire Cricket Head Coach Dale Benkenstein during their time in South Africa, before returning back to the UK in March to begin their final preparations for the 2017 season. All four players will then start the season as part of the Hampshire Second XI.
Hampshire Director of Cricket, Giles White said: “We’re delighted to award scholarships to these four young prospects. Ben, Josh and Jake have shown real promise during their time so far with the Academy and Second XI and I’m certain that this scholarship experience will help further their development.
“Calvin is also someone that we are pleased to have on board having performed well for Oxford MCCU and MCC Universities last year - this is a good opportunity for the guys and one that they are looking forward to getting stuck into.”
Ventnor left-hander Duggan and Havant all-rounder McCoy have featured prominently for Hampshire Academy and Hampshire Second XI over the previous two seasons, whilst Purbrook-raised McCoy was also selected to represent England U19s against Sri Lanka for the first time in August this year.
Fellow 18-year-old all-rounder, Swindon-based Goodwin – a third year product of the Academy – also impressed this season and made a successful NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Somerset, hitting 32 in a lively opening partnership with Tom Alsop which set up Hampshire’s win.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dickinson, 19, caught the eye having been a prominent performer for Oxford MCCU and was a team-mate of Lymington’s Ed Ellis in the Oxford Brookes side which won the BUCS 50-over Cup at Lord’s. He previously played for Ryde and represented the Isle of Wight at junior age group level. He was top run scorer for Shipton-Under-Wychwood in the Home Counties Premier League this summer.
It’s a shoot-out between Bashley (Rydal) captain Michael Porter and title winning Havant vice-captain/all-rounder Andy Gorvin for this season’s John Millett Memorial Trophy awarded annually to the Southern Premier League’s Young Cricketer of the Year.
Porter, runner-up to Ventnor’s Jake George in 2011, scored 613 runs in his debut season at the helm for Bashley, guiding the New Forest club into third place and to the ‘Time’ pennant.
Cardiff University fresher student Andy Gorvin made 451 runs, including four scores of fifty or more, and took 18 wickets in Havant’s title success.
The Young Cricketer award is now in its 36th year.
Lymington all-round cricketer Matt Metcalfe will be making a familiar trip down the Southampton Novotel catwalk on Friday evening when he collects the Southern Premier Division bowling award for the fourth time in seven years. He took 40 wickets this summer.
Championship winning Havant captain Ben Walker (739 runs) will be crowned batsman of the year, but Tom Arnold, who is wintering in Melbourne, will be unable to collect his Premier Division wicket-keeping prize.
Andover and Bournemouth cricketers scooped the Division 1 awards, with Glyn Treagus scoring 721 runs, including two centuries, to top the batting charts.
Fellow title winner Babu Veettil shared the bowling prize with teenage Bournemouth left-arm spinner Dom Clutterbuck – each took 35 wickets – while Lions’ captain in waiting Chris Park was top gloveman with 26 victims.
Fawley may have finished bottom of the pile in Division 2, but two of their players have picked up individual awards.
Spinner Wayne Smith (35 wickets) and wicketkeeper Kieran Earl (21 victims) collect prizes alongside Hartley Wintney captain Danny Plume, whose 582 runs won him the divisional batting award.
Paul Hawkins (575 runs) and spinner Dave Orchard (34 wickets) played key roles in St Cross Symondians II’s promotion – they were SPL3 runners-up – and win awards alongside Fair Oak wicketkeeper Richard Featherstone.
Ben Smith, pictured, etched his name into the NatWest Under-16 Indoor Cricket League annals by becoming probably the youngest player to make a half-century in the competition’s 15-year history.
The 13-year old Wildern School all-rounder glued the Fair Oak innings of 106-5 after Basingstoke’s Mikhal Saujani (3-20) had ripped through the Oak’s top order, clean bowling all three victims.
Alas, Smith’s valiant efforts were in vain as Ben Firrell (27) and George Metzer (25) guided Basingstoke to a four-wicket win.
Compton & Chandler’s Ford opened their title defence by whipping Parley out for 28 before coasting to a four-wicket win, while the New Forest stunned the county Development six with a comfortable three-wicket victory.
Tom South and Mark Watson both ‘retired’ in a total of 127-2, which the Forest youngsters successfully chased down with Redlynch & Hales’s Ben Fisher, and New Milton pair Connor Tompkins and Campbell Golding all unbeaten.
Parley 28 (Littlehales 2-3), Lovell 2-9) Compton & CF 30-2.
Fair Oak 106-5 (Smith 56*, Saujani 3-20) Basingstoke 109-2 (Firrell 27*, Metzer 25*).
Development 127-2 (South 27*, Watson 27*) New Forest 131-3 (Fisher 27*, Tomkins 26*, Goldring 25).
An Open Forum to discuss the possible introduction of a city-based T20 tournament has been organised in the Shaun Udal Suite at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday 12th October at 6.30pm. Hampshire’s Chairman, Rod Bransgrove will address the meeting on the proposals, as below -
Notwithstanding the fact that Hampshire was at the wrong end of it, what an incredible finish we have just witnessed to the 2016 County Championship. I am however in no doubt that such a headline-grabbing climax would not have been possible without the existence of the two-divisional system that was introduced in 2000.
I applaud the forward-thinking decision makers of that time who, in the face of stiff opposition from the ‘traditionalists’, stuck to their aim of improving the competitiveness and therefore the quality of the 4 day game.
Now is the time for all who love cricket and wish to lay the foundations for the next 150 years of its existence, to demonstrate a similar openness and commitment to another critical innovation; City-based T20.
We should be in no doubt about the risks of doing nothing. As those who have been watching have seen for many years, children are losing touch with cricket and arguably vice versa. Research conducted recently by ECB has revealed that only 2% of children aged 7 to 15 ranked cricket as their favourite sport and that American WWE wrestling star John Cena was recognised by more of these children than Alastair Cook.
Many blame the absence of cricket on terrestrial TV for this situation and this may indeed have played a part, but this ignores the trend of young people watching ‘traditional’ scheduled TV less, in favour of a range of other communication methods including ‘catch up’ and clips on a wide range of devices and platforms e.g. Twitter and Facebook. It is also somewhat ironic that Mr Cena’s fame has been established whilst WWE has been broadcast in the UK exclusively via satellite!
All is certainly not lost however and again, ECB’s own research suggests that some 9.4million people in the UK profess some interest in cricket. Of this huge number, only 75,000 or so have been attracted to join one of the 18 first class counties as a Member. Whilst acknowledging that our Members are the most loyal supporters of the game and a source of valuable income, many of them would and should be the first to acknowledge that their interests do not always accord with those of the young people and their families with whom we so desperately need to re-engage.
Change should be no stranger to any consumer-facing organisation, indeed it is an essential element of survival and growth. In 2002, despite overwhelming consumer research in favour of the introduction of Twenty20 Cricket, 7 Counties voted against it and for those of us present at the debate, it was clear that their decisions were in the main fuelled by a fear of backlash from their membership. It is no exaggeration to say that, without them being outvoted at the time, some of these same Counties would have perished by now. Again somewhat ironically, the very introduction of the format that many traditionalists feared, has therefore already come to the rescue of 4-day cricket by assisting with the survival of all 18 first class Counties – at least, for now.
Despite our “invention” of T20, we have allowed it to maintain limited momentum whilst other countries, notably India with the IPL and Australia with the Big Bash, have shown how it can be taken to another level. Even in the cash-strapped Caribbean, audiences are being lured back to the game they had abandoned via a re-invigorated CPL. Anyone who has not seen this revolution in cricket has simply not been looking. Amazingly, however, such people do exist!
After extensive and detailed consultation, which included consideration of all options, the ECB and its constituents have broadly agreed that we should fully investigate the potential for establishing a new T20 Tournament along the lines of the IPL and the Big Bash utilising the best players from around the world and the biggest grounds in the UK. This Tournament needs to start soon and the intention is to establish this as early as 2018 in order to maximise the opportunity and minimise competition from the rapidly-growing CPL.
This competition will require Members to look more openly at the game they love. For a month or so each summer, the best players from all Counties (should all Counties wish to participate) will join forces with the best overseas players in 8 new teams based at grounds with high attendance potential (not necessarily cricket grounds at present). These new teams will be run independently and all income derived will go into a newly-established company owned equally by all 18 First Class Counties (should they agree to participate) and MCC.
It is estimated that the minimum distribution to all participants will be c£1.3million and, make no mistake, for many FCCs this is a life saver. Host grounds will also receive a fee for staging the events which could be in the region of £500,000.
This income will, without doubt, secure the future of a number of FCCs and, therefore, the existence of First Class Cricket for many years. For those Members who profess no interest in T20, this safeguards the Long Form game in a way that cannot be guaranteed without such an innovation. If we truly love this game, and we want to preserve it for our children’s children, we must make this decision now and take pride in the fact that we have secured the future of cricket. If we do not take this decision now, we can watch the game’s gradual erosion into a minority cult sport played by the wealthy few. Those of us in, or approaching, the autumn of our lives have a responsibility to protect the game from this inevitable decline.
Of course, as with all change, the proposal has certain detractors. As mentioned above, this was the case in 2002 when, thankfully, the common sense of the 11 supporters of T20 cricket prevailed to the benefit of all. Most opponents are well-intentioned people who simply enjoy attending Long Form cricket and enjoy the skills and durability required for this game. To them I can only stress that this is a format which does not accord with modern day life and is not attracting new spectators. Without significant new funds this will perish altogether.
There are also (inevitably) some lobbyists with different motives; people with agendas other than the best interests of our game as a whole. In an open debate all legitimate points of view should be addressed openly by all participants and this is the process which ECB has encouraged to date with County Chairmen and CEOs. The PCA has also actively sought the views of our Players and have indicated their support for this initiative. It is now time for us to invite the views of Hampshire Members and Supporters and I am proposing that this statement will be followed by an open forum on 12 October where these views can be expressed and considered.
Finally to those who seek to portray me as a T20 pioneer with no interest in “proper” cricket, I say this. There was no T20 cricket when I poured my money, my time, my heart and my soul into Hampshire Cricket; I am a cricket lover through and through and nobody can doubt this. I see an opportunity for us to save the entirety of our game by showing some initiative. Let’s not miss it…
Sarisbury Athletic have take the first steps towards regaining the coveted ECB national indoor sixes title they won at Lord’s three winters ago.
They won the Hampshire county championship with comfortable three-wicket wins over Longparish and Hook & Newnham Basics in the round-robin final at the Ageas Bowl.
Using the new ball to good effect, Sarisbury’s seamers called the tune in both matches, bowling Longparish out for 91 and then Hook for 105 to leave the batsmen with comfortable targets.
Matt Jackman’s gallant one-man show wasn’t quite enough to get Longparish across the line in their two matches.
Jackman [right] hit 62 of Parish’s 91 all out in the three-wicket defeat by Sarisbury and made an unbeaten 38 as this summer’s County Division 1 champions ran Hook to the wire.
Longparish, set for a huge score at 127-1 with two overs left, collapsed to 144-5 (Mike Taplin 26), but then reduced Hook to 81-5 before Shane Brewer hit an amazing 61 not out to het the Basingstoke side home by one wicket off the last ball. Jackman also took two wickets in each of Longparish’s two matches.
Sarisbury Athletic skipper Matt Journeaux is pictured receiving the Hampshire indoor trophy from HCB president John Wolfe. They will now play in the ECB Championships, starting on February 19 2017.
Sarisbury Athletic 93-3 (Journeaux 27*) beat Longparish 91 (Jackman 62, Hill 2-20, Freemantle 2-30) by three wickets.
Hook & Newnham Basics 145-5 (Brewer 61*, Thane 20, M Buckingham 20, Jackman 2-28) beat Longparish 144-5 (Jackman 38*, Taplin 26) by one wicket.
Sarisbury Athletic 106-3 (S Floyd 30*, Freemantle 27*, Hobday 2-21) beat Hook & Newnham Basics 105 (Thane 47, P Hammond 2-19) by three wickets.
Schools’ cricket Kings’
Standing (from left): Louis Motte, Josh Corner, Josh Tombs, Martin Manning (Coach) Alfie Trodd, James Trodd, Cameron Proctor, Kieran Dunne. Kneeling: Archie Dunn, Harry Trussler, Ashley Lovell, Ollie Rowden, Jack Good, Freddie Taylor.
Kings’ of Winchester are Hampshire Schools’ Under-15 champions after beating hot favourites Priestlands by 12 runs in a thrilling final at Hursley Park.
They beat Eggars, Test Valley, John Hanson and Shanklin to reach the final, but were underdogs against their Lymington opponents, who won the cup in 2015 and paraded three Hampshire Under-15 players.
After a cautious start in damp conditions at The Quarters, Kings’ accelerated to post 129/7 with key contributions from Harry Trussler, Ashley Lovell and Josh Corner.
With their strong batting line-up, Priestlands were expected to win with some degree of comfort but Kings’ bowled and fielded superbly checking the run rate with frequent wickets.
Going into the last five overs the outcome was poised on a knife-edge but Kings’ held their nerve to triumph by 12 runs and so add to the school’s impressive tally of County Cup sporting victories.
Former Ventnor pace bowler Chris Russell is to leave New Road, having not been offered a new contract by Worcestershire.
The 27-year-old Isle of Wight raised cricketer made his first-class debut against Warwickshire in August 2012, after taking six wickets in a tour match against South Africa.
He has played 17 further first-class games but only occasionally in limited-overs cricket in the past two years, during which time he has played ECB Birmingham & District Premier League cricket for Wolverhampton.
"It's always a tough time for people to be leaving," said boss Steve Rhodes.
"I think he'll look elsewhere to try and find another county. Wherever that might be, I wish him well."
Russell, who plans to spend the winter playing for the Cape Town side Bellville, hopes to attract another county.
Hampshire Cricket will remain in Division One of the Specsavers County Championship in 2017 in place of Durham who have been relegated as part of a range of conditions and sanctions imposed by ECB following a financial aid package to help Durham meet historic and future financial demands. Full report see www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/37541136
There is a vacancy for one team (playing every fortnight) to be filled in the Sunday evening Romsey indoor sixes cricket league, where matches are played at the Romsey School. Teams interested should contact Jamie King at email@example.com
Sarisbury Athletic batsman/wicketkeeper Harry Hovey, left, has leapt at the chance to skip the UK winter and spend it with Greenvale Kangaroos, formerly North Melbourne, in the powerful Victoria Premier League.
The teenager, who played a key role in Hampshire Under-17s ECB Championship triumph in 2015, joined Sarisbury from Havant this season and scored 326 league runs, besides snapping up 22 victims behind the stumps.
Sarisbury Athletic narrowly missed out on promotion on the final day of the season.
Sarisbury Athletic chase a third Hampshire indoor sixes title in four years in Sunday’s (September 25) county championship finals at the Ageas Bowl.
But they must beat surprise packages Longparish and Hook & Newnham Basics if they are to qualify for another tilt at the ECB title which they won at Lord’s two years ago.
Sunday's winners will represent Hampshire in the national sixes which begin next February.
Sarisbury Athletic avenged last season’s cup final defeat by Havant by beating the newly crowned Southern Premier League champions by four wickets in the qualifying round, Peter Hammond taking 3-21 as Havant were dismissed for 107 (Harry Gadd 27).
Longparish sprang a major surprise by knocking out Waterlooville, bowling tidily, conceding only three sets of wides and pegging the Ville to 113-4 (Alex Shephard 26*).
They chased down the target to win by four wickets with two overs to spare, with Matt Jackman (26 retired) and teenager Scott Sturt (21) guiding Longparish home.
Hook & Newnham Basics, winners in 2011, overwhelmed neighbours Basingstoke & North Hants, restricting the Bountymen to 115-5 (Ash Neal 31 not out) and breezing to a six-wicket win with Matt Buckingham, Ben Thane, Harry Warner and Jordan Hobday all undefeated.
Sunday's Hampshire Cup fixtures: 6.30: Longparish v Sarisbury Athletic, 7.45 : Hook & Newnham Basics v Longparish, 8.45: Hook & Newnham Basics v Sarisbury Athletic. Umpires Huw Evans and Paul Sparshott.
Back (from left): Clive Hacker, Russell Kyte, Colin Greetham (scorer), Clive Smith, Stuart Hicks, Martin Hall, Tony Wharton (reserve). Front: John Hall, John Rickard (Chairman), Ron Biddlecombe, Neil Blackey, Jan Bridle (captain), Mick Swain, Ian Watson, George Stratford.
Hampshire’s Golden Oldie cricketers are national county champions – at the ripe old age of 70 years and more !
They were crowned top team in the land after beating their Worcestershire counterparts by 48 runs in the final at Trowbridge, where Mike Swain hit an unbeaten 140 and Ian Watson 104 not out, setting a competition record partnership of 247 in the process, writes Mike Vimpany.
Hampshire posted a daunting 259-1 off 45 overs before restricting Worcestershire – the only side to beat them in the qualifying rounds – to 211-5.
Swain enjoyed a phenomenal season in 70s cricket pillaging 989 runs in Hampshire’s ten league games, hitting five centuries and three half-centuries to record an incredible average of 197.80.
He actually missed one game (away on England duty) otherwise he would probably have topped the magic 1,000 league runs.
The former Gosport Borough left-hander also made 223 runs representing England 70+ in their successful 2-1 series win over the visiting Australians.
The Hampshire Over-70s cricket team were among 11 counties nationwide who competed in the Seevent Veterans 70+ Championship.
Hampshire results -
Hampshire 271-6 (Swain 103, Blackey 63, Kyte 47) Hertfordshire 176 (Hicks 3-38). Hampshire won by 95 runs.
Somerset 175-8 (Webster 68, Wharton 4-34) Hampshire 178-2 (Blackey 73, Swain 42, Kyte 41*). Hampshire won by eight wickets.
Hampshire 214-7 (Swain 119, Blackey 45) Worcestershire 216-3 (Middleton 98*). Worcestershire won by seven wickets.
Warwickshire 150-5 (Turner 50) Hampshire 152-1 (Swain 87*, Blackey 62). Hampshire won by nine wickets.
Worcestershire 270-3 (Knowles 135) Hampshire 271-3 (Swain 150*, Blackey 79). Hampshire won by seven wickets.
Warwickshire 207-4 (Sanderson 88) Hampshire 184 (Smith 38). Warwickshire won by 25 runs.
Hertfordshire 242-4 (Wilson 105) Hampshire 243-4 (Swain 153*, Kyte 34). Hampshire won by six wickets.
Somerset 136-9 (Biddlecombe 3-29) Hampshire 139-6 (Swain 75). Hampshire won by four wickets.
Sussex 225-6 (Crees 58) Hampshire 229-2 (Swain 97*, Watson 88, Kyte 31*). Hampshire won by eight wickets.
Hampshire 259-1 (Swain 140*, Watson 104*) Worcestershire 211-5 (Briscoe 69). Hampshire won by 48 runs.
Bournemouth and South Wilts will play the NatWest Under-16 Indoor Championships curtain raiser at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday 2 October 2016.
Compton & Chander's Ford begin their title defence against Parleyseven days later.
Fair Oak and Totton & Eling are newcomers to the 12-side competition this season.
Opening fixtures -
Sunday 2 October
6 Bournemouth v South Wilts
7 Hook & Newnham Basics v Toton & Eling
8 South East Hants Strikers v Sixers
Sunday 9 October
6 Parley v Compton & Chandler’s Ford
7 Basingstoke & North Hants v Fair Oak
8 Development (Max Smith) v New Forest
Longparish sprang a major surprise by knocking out Waterlooville to earn a place in Sunday evening's Hampshire indoor sixes finals at the Ageas Bowl.
They bowled tidily, conceding only three sets of wides, pegging Waterlooville to 113-4.
They chased down the target to win by four wickets with two overs to spare.
Alex Shephard (26 not out) and James Scutt (23) were the only Ville batsmen to make their mark, while any prospect the Southern Premier League side were effectively blown away by a proliferation of wides, left-armer Matt Cook conceding 33 runs off his two overs.
Matt Jackman (26 retired) and teenager Scott Sturt (21) steered Longparish home.
Longparish will face Hook & Newnham Basics and former ECB indoor champions Sarisbury Athletic in Sunday's round-robin finals.
Hook overwhelmed neighbours Basingstoke & North Hants, restricting the Bountymen to 115-5 (Ash Neal 31 not out) and breezing to a six-wicket win with Matt Buckingham, Ben Thane, Harry Warner and Jordan Hobday all undefeated.
Sarisbury Athletic made equally short work of cup holders Havant, Peter Hammond's 3-21 return capping a fine all-round bowling display in a four-wicket win, led by Ricky Rawlins (27).
Waterlooville 113-4 (Shephard 26*, Scutt 23) Longparish 114-2 (Jackman 26*, Sturt 21). Longparish won by four wickets.
Basingstoke & North Hants 115-5 (Ash Neal 31, Andy Neal 21, Doran 2-21, Thane 2-31) Hook & Newnham Basics 116-0 (M Buckingham 28*, Thane 26*, Warner 25*, Hobday 24*). Hook & Newnham Basics won by six wickets.
Havant 107 (Gadd 26, Jerry 21, Hammond 3-21) Sarisbury Athletic 112-2 (Rawlins 27). Sarisbury Athletic won by four wickets.
Sunday's Hampshire Cup fixtures: 6.30: Longparish v Sarisbury Athletic, 7.45 : Hook & Newnham Basics v Longparish, 8.45: Hook & Newnham Basics v Sarisbury Athletic.
Bournemouth lost two wickets off the opening five balls against Basingstoke & North Hants, but recovered to win by 23 runs and lift the Hampshire Under-19 T20 Cup at May’s Bounty.
Scott McGaughrin (2-23) sent lead semi-final run scorers Luke Matthews and Jamie Price back to the pavilion before the young Lions had a run on the board.
But University of Winchester bound Harry Weal (32) and Harrison Clarke (50) repaired the damage before Jack Owens (40) arrived at the crease to ease Bournemouth to an above-par 135-4.
Ironically, Basingstoke’s reply began in equally disastrous fashion, with Max Harsham drilling a Liam Keogh half-volley into Robbie Pack’s safe clutches at extra-cover.
Joe Oates (30) kept the pot boiling, but Basingstoke continued to lose wickets – Louis Parkin taking 3-21 – and needed Ash Neal’s unbeaten 23 to help them to an eventual 112-9.
In the semi-finals, Matthews (53) and Price (46) led Bournemouth to 158-5 (George Watts 3-24) against New Milton, who made 85 (Ralf Hussey 32) with Dom Clutterbuck (3-24) and Pack (2-7) doing the damage.
Fair Oak regretted their surprising decision to bat first against Basingstoke and plunged to 43-7 before Tom Watson’s unbeaten 37 gave them a modest total to defend. Joe Oates smashed a half-century to guide Basingstoke to a nine-wicket win.
Six clubs begin their quest to become Hampshire indoor sixes champions when the county qualifiers are played at the Ageas Bowl Indoor School this (Sunday) evening, September 18.
Debutants Longparish, who are celebrating a return to Hampshire League County Division 1 cricket and a triple promotion throughout the club, play the curtain raiser match against Waterlooville at 6.15.
An hour later, arch rivals Basingstoke & North Hants and Hook & Newnham Basics go head-to-head, and provide a perfect curtain raiser for Havant's opening title defence against Sarisbury Athletic at 8.15pm.
The three winners will play in the final at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday evening, September 25.
Award-winning New Milton batsman-wicketkeeper Tom Arnold has flown to Australia to spend the winter playing sub-district Grade cricket in Melbourne.
Bramshaw raised Arnold, who made 479 Premier Division runs this season and topped the wicket-keeping charts with 28 victims, will play for Royal Park Brunswick, not to be confused with arch local rivals Brunswick, whose ranks include Ben Moss, who helped Calmore Sports win promotion this summer.
Arnold, who joined the Green & Golds from Totton at the start of the 2016 season, also played six times for Dorset, making three Minor Counties' half-centuries in his 343-run tally. Terry Nash picture.
Hampshire’s cup winnersBack row (from left): Ashley Humber, Martin Williams, Corie Mapp, James Gunner, Tom Millward, Ben Hyde. Front: Dan Scott, Jack McDonagh, Alex Hammond, Henry Schooling, Will Flynn.
Hampshire's disability cricketers regained the BACD National Trophy (they last held in 2012) with a nervy three-wicket win over Shropshire at Wolverhampton.
Alton’s Alex Hammond (3-27), who ripped through the Shropshire upper order, collected the trophy from Mike Gatting, ECB's Cricket Partnerships Ambassador.
But Shropshire recovered from 53-5 to post 114 (Adam James 33) and then had Hampshire struggling at 59-5 before Hartley Wintney’s Ben Hyde (37) and Invictus Games hero Corie Mapp (21 not out) got Hampshire home.
“It was a great team performance, everyone has contributed at different times through the season and has taken the responsibility to get wickets or score runs at key times, the final was no different,” reflected Hampshire D40 captain Alex Hammond.
“Seven of our side play in the Southern Premier League, so there are great opportunities for cricketers with disabilities to play for their county. It is a most rewarding experience.”
Further information on Hampshire Disable cricket can be obtained from Simon.Hammond@ ageasbowl.com