Keep up to date with the ECB British Gas Southern Premier League scores on BBC Radio Solent's Summer Sports Time programme this afternoon between 2 and 6 o'clock with Andrew Moon. Feature match is St Cross Symondians v Havant at the Green Jackets Ground, Winchester.
Ailing Andover are poised to sign Chamika Karunaratne – as soon as the 20-year old Sri Lankan all-rounder can obtain a UK entry visa.
Last season’s Division 1 champions have endured a desperate start to life in the ECB British Gas Premier Division, suffering three successive defeats, including a crushing ten-wicket loss to the Hampshire Academy last week.
The Lions have been frustrated in their previous attempts to sign an overseas player, but are hopeful the Sri Lanka Under-23 international will join them for the start of the Time pennant, all-day cricket at champions Havant next Saturday.
Karunaratne represented Sri Lanka Under-19s on 19 occasions and has been a regular in their Under-23 side. He played Middlesex Premier League cricket for Stanmore two seasons ago, scoring 531 runs and taking 39 wickets with his pacey seam bowling.
Tichborne Park find themselves up against Liphook & Riplsey’s two teenage tormentors in Sunday’s Watsons National Village Championship county semi-final in rural Alresford, 1pm.
Left-arm Academy prospect Jack Campbell and the fiery George Neave are set to give Tichborne’s batsmen an uncomfortable afternoon at the crease.
Suman Ganguly is likely to skipper Liphook in the absence of Charles Janczur, who faces several weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
Liphook & Ripsley: Rob Nicklin, Suman Ganguly, Giles Cover, Harry Munt, Gabe Broadhurst, Ric Williams, Jack Campbell, Dan Wrenn, Toby Flack, George Neave, Anthony White.
The winners of the Tichborne-Liphook tie will have home advantage in the county final against either Sparsholt or Paultons, who lock horns at the Norman Edwards Ground.
Big hitting Stuart Tognarelli returns from an assignment in Australia to play for the hosts.
Sparsholt: Frith, Haworth, Banks, Foster, Tognarelli, Mitchell, Worth, Doubell, Proctor, Phagami, Stone.
Redlynch & Hale carry the New Forest banner into the Dorset/Wiltshire semi-finals when they host former Lord’s winners Goatacre at Woodfalls Cross.
The incentive to win is to host next month’s county final against either Lacock or Burbage.
David Lloyd captains Rowledge in their Surrey group tie against Sinjungrammarians at Church Road.
Rowledge: Lloyd, Taylor, J Wish, Randall, R Yates, Metcalfe, Keeley, Martin, Baker, Board, B Wish.
* The Windsor-based dairy company Watsons have been unveiled as the headline sponsor of the 2017 National Village Cup, which will be known as the Watsons Village Cup.
Twenty nine local clubs have entered the ECB Under-19 Club T20 competition, with the teams in seven groups of four – and Basingstoke & North Hants playing in Berkshire !
Cup holders Bournemouth face the prospect of two trips to the Isle of Wight as they are paired with Cowes-based Northwood, Shanklin and Ventnor.
Only four ECB Southern Premier Division clubs – Andover, Bashley (Rydal), New Milton, and St Cross Symondians – are entering teams.
Calmore Sports get the competition underway when they host Langley Manor and Totton & Eling in a triangular tournament at Loperwood Park on Monday, 10am.
A: Bashley (Rydal), Fawley, New Milton, Sway.
B: Calmore Sports, Langley Manor, OTs & Romsey, Totton & Eling.
C: Aldershot, Grayshott, Hartley Wintney, Ropley.
D: Portsmouth, Portsmouth & Southsea, Sarisbury Athletic, Waterlooville.
E: Fair Oak, Hampshire Hogs, Petersfield, Steep.
F: Andover, Compton & Chandler’s Ford, St Cross Symondians, Trojans.
G: Bournemouth, Northwood, Shanklin, Ventnor
St Cross Symondians may swap one Hampshire player for another for tomorrow’s ECB British Gas Southern League joust with Premier Division champions Havant at the Green Jackets Ground, 1pm – the last of the initial batch of 50-over ‘white ball’ matches.
Skipper Tom Foyle had hoped to include former England Under-19 captain Joe Weatherley against the champions, but he is playing for Kent in the currently County Championship match against Sussex at Tunbridge Wells, making 33.
However, Jimmy Adams, left out of Hampshire's starting line-up against Somerset at Taunton, may be drafted in.
Havant expect to be at full strength, with Rob Gibson returning to open the batting.
Last year’s winners lost their opening game to Alton, but have since beaten Bashley (Rydal) and New Milton.
Vice-captain Andy Gorvin has no doubts Havant are back on track but is predicting a competitive summer of Premier Division cricket.
"The introduction of white ball cricket has brought new players in," said Gorvin. "All the teams look quite balanced and there won’t be many easy games. We were disappointed to lose our first game but have bounced back well.
"The best we have played was in our win at Bashley and then against New Milton we bowled well to win the game. "We have got a very strong squad with an excellent balance of youth and experience. The likes of Ben Walker, Stuart Rankly, Pete Hopson and Richard Hindley have been there and done it all. At the same time we have some outstanding youngsters like Josh McCoy and Brad Taylor.
"St Cross Symondians have made a good start to the season so we will go there expecting another very tough game."
St Cross Symondians: T Foyle, Van Beeke, Stokes, Adams, Came, Hart, C Ayers, Hadfield, Marsh, Farooq, Bransgrove.
Havant: Walker, Gorvin, Taylor, Hopson, Gibson, Hindley, Prentice, Ransley, Bulled, Morgan, McCoy.
James Hibberd is waiting on a telephone call from Taunton before he can finalise South Wilts’ team to play the Hampshire Academy on Vice–President’s Day at Bemerton.
Australian Ian Holland travelled to Taunton with the Hampshire squad, but was not selected for the pre-lunch batting debacle. He could be released to play at Bemerton, with Jack Mynott, a handy and developing spin all-rounder, earmarked for the second team at Trojans. Bemerton.
Retired Hampshire left-arm seamer James Tomlinson, who began his senior career at South Wilts, makes a nostalgic playing return to Wilton Road as Academy captain.
Trialist Chris Sole will be on a high having taken two wickets, including that of captain Angelo Matthews, in Scotland’s shock seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Beckenham this week.
South Wilts: Hibberd, Wade, Abel, Holland/Mynott, Hayward, Cranch, Draper, Evans, Pittman, Warner, Murray.
Academy: James Tomlinson, Miles Kantolinna, Ben Duggan, Felix Organ, Tom Scriven, Fletcha Middleton, Chris Sole, Tom South, Pat Holly, Sonny Reynolds.
After two wins in their opening three matches, Calmore Sports are relishing the chance of pitting their strengths against Bournemouth, one of the fancied British Gas Southern Premier Division 1 clubs.
Newly promoted, Calmore beat Hook & Newnham Basics and Liphook & Ripsley – but lost by 53 runs at Basingstoke & North Hants.
“Bournemouth will be a tough test for us. They look a very good side, so it is another chance for us to see what we can do against a top outfit,” says skipper Mark Lavelle, who is desperate for some runs at the top of the order.
Lavelle praised Australian spin all-rounder import Jack Rutter, who has already produced several good performances.
“Jack has fitted in really well both on and off the field - on the field he has a real knack of picking up key wickets at key times and really bulks up our middle order, and his fielding is up there with the best I have seen.”
James Manning has returned from Australia himself and debut against Bournemouth.
Calmore Sports: Lavelle, Newton, Johns, Perry, Rutter, Manning, Rose, Proudley, West, Pegler, Wright.
Bournemouth: Park, West, Matthews, C Park, Woodruff, Miller, Bollom, Pack, Clutterbuck, Michaelowski, Wilmore.
Basingstoke & North Hants and Liphook & Ripsley are both without key players for their May’s Bounty meet. Will Phillips misses out for the Bountymen, while Liphook captain Charles Janczur has a damaged hamstring.
Matt Journeaux returns to skipper Sarisbury Athletic, who have suffered two calamitous defeats to Ventnor and Basingstoke in the past fortnight.
They visit Rowledge – the first of a fistful of season-defining matches for Sarisbury. Rowledge have yet to get off the mark.
Rowledge: Morant, Gleave, Lloyd, Treble, Board, Metcalfe, Randall, B Wish, J Wish, Plater, Keeley.
Sarisbury Athletic: Rawlins, Journeaux, Floyd, Bolton, Sanders, Hill, Freemantle, Mills, Wright, Allmark, Jewell.
Former Ventnor captain Mark Holmes is getting married, so main ushers James Cheek and Neil Westhorpe are absent for the visit to Portsmouth’s St Helen’s seaside ground.
Youngsters John Buckman and Ben Herridge are called up, while James Christian is back for Portsmouth. Skipper Rob Snell plans a hovercraft dash from Ryde in time to toss the coin.
Portsmouth : Locke, Hay, J Marston J, Collier, Christian, Palmer-Goddard, Dawson, Hammond, Baines, A Marston, Whitecross.
Ventnor: Snell, Buckman, Herridge, Van Greunen, Miller, Attrill, Corbin, Blackman, Woodhouse, A Horton, Willis.
St Cross Symondians II are without influential skipper Steve Mitchell and lead batsman Paul Hawkins for their embryo top British Gas Southern Premier League Division 2 duel with Totton & Eling at a potentially high scoring Southern Gardens.
But former Hampshire batsman Jason Laney returns, with last season’s top County 1 run maker Steve Berryman called up. Totton and St Cross both won their opening two games before being washed out ast weekend.
Totton & Eling: Mbofana, J Taylor, E Taylor, Perrin, Geyle, Sharma, Lockey, Collier, Darney, Clouting, Gee.
St Cross Symondians II: B Aldridge, Young, Laney, Berryman, Orchard, H Foyle, Haworth, Whitman, A Ayers, J Aldridge, Perry-Lewis.
Third placed Hartley Wintney look to New Zealander Henry Collier to increase his 160-run haul when Paultons visit the Cricket Green.
Paultons are involved in National Village Cup action against Sparsholt on Sunday (1pm), the Winchester side visiting winless Langley Manor tomorrow.
Sparsholt: Frith, Haworth, Banks, Dunford, Kennett, Foster, Tognarelli, Doubell, Phagami, Proctor, Weir.
Rock bottom Trojans host South Wilts II, who have left-hand opening batsman Tom Cowley absent on One Day International ground duty at the Ageas Bowl. Trojans captain Ed Boyd is back in form after scoring a century against Farehanm & Crofton II last weekend. OTs & Romsey visit Hambledon.
Winless Hursley Park field a potentially stronger side, but will have to end Bashley (Rydal)’s 100 per cent Premier Division 3 start if they are to move off the basement.
Hursley have lost all three games, with Bashley’s confidence having soared after beating a strengthened Alton second team last week.
Hursley Park: P Marks, Deacon, Pile, Branford, Wheeler, Flynn, A Marks, Green, Solanki, Rahim, Ahmedzai.
Fair Oak have Bradfield College captain Charlie Gwynn back for the visit of unbeaten SPL3 leaders Basingstoke & North Hants II to Lapstone Park.
Fair Oak: Hockenhull, Hughes, Kemp, Sturman, Gwynn, Abbas, Mckenzie, Featherstone, R Stewart, Eley, Mash.
Fawley are away to newly promoted Alton II at the Jubilee Ground.
Gosport Borough have experienced pair Dale Patternotte and Charlie Pennecott back for their SPL3 trip to Purbrook. They replace the unavailable Conor Regan and Sampath Prathapasinghe as Borough look to extend their winning momentum.
Tom Larner's side picked up their first win by beating Hursley Park and will fancy their chances against newcomers Purbrook.
"We played much better as a team and have hopefully put our early problems behind us," said vice-captain Lee Harrop. After our second game disaster we needed it. Most of our players are home grown and we have a couple of excellent youngsters coming through.
"Purbrook have not had a good start and we don’t want to be the team to help them out. We have always struggled against them in the past and that is something we need to put right. Over the years we have had a habit of losing against teams at the lower end of the league. t is up to us to be strong and if we play to our full potential should win."
The visitors include both their talented 16 year olds, off-spinner Jack Richards and all-rounder Jacob Harris.
Purbrook have endured a tough baptism to life back at the higher level after last season's promotion.
Despite opening up with three defeats captain, Martin Lee, is confident Purbrook can survive. He believes it is mainly a question of confidence.
"At the moment all the cogs of the wheel are not spinning but I am confident things will start clicking into place soon," said Lee. "It is frustrating because we have lost games that we would have won last season.
"It is mainly a question of regaining our confidence. "We have two big home games now that we are targeting to win.
Unbeaten Waterlooville face a tough examination at Havant II.
"We have made a brilliant start," said Ville captain Max Goddard. "Havant won"t be easy because they have a lot of good experienced players"
Teenage left-arm medium-pace bowler Jack Campbell produced two decisive four-wicket new-ball spells for Hampshire’s junior age group sides.
He ripped out Andover’s middle-order with a 4-25 return which set up a first ECB British Gas Southern Premier League victory for the Hampshire Academy.
Twenty-four hours later, the lanky East Hampshire left-armer wrecked Worcestershire’s top order with a 4-15 spell which pointed Hampshire’s youngsters to a 109-run win in the county’s opening ECB Under-17 Cup match at May’s Bounty.
Campbell, who cut his teeth in Steep’s junior set up before moving to play for Liphook & Ripsley, is making encouraging progress in Hampshire’s EPP set up.
“Jack is developing through hard work during the winter. He has made himself available for everything, training, nets, first and second team and is now understanding what is required and expected at a higher level,” praised his mentor, former Hampshire pace bowler James Tomlinson, who took over 400 career wickets for the county.
Exploiting the damp conditions, Campbell got his teeth into Andover after Tom Scriven (3-16) had ripped out left-hander Storm Green, Babu Veetil and Glyn Treagus had left the top order in ruins at 4-3.
He had Matt Knight (0), Sherwin Govender (11) and Harry Blackburn (8) all caught before trapping Lions skipper Matt Hooper (0) leg before.
Campbell’s 4-25 return left Andover reeling at 34-7 – a precarious situation Dave Watson (29) marginally improved before last year’s Premier 1 champions were dismissed for 73.
Miles Kantolinna (36) and Ben Duggan (30) wasted no time in blasting the Academy to a ten-wicket victory – the pair scoring 51 of the 74 runs they required in boundaries in 14 overs.
Campbell’s 4-15 seven-over spell (three of which were maidens) set up the U17s ECB Cup win over Worcestershire, who were dismissed for 103 (Patrick Holly 3-36).
Hampshire posted 212-6, with Fletcha Middleton hitting 77 and Canford talent Tom Prest an unbeaten 49.
LUCKLESS Lymington ace Ed Ellis hit a century against Bashley (Rydal) for the second season in succession – but again ended up on the losing team.
Ellis (left) was upstaged by Bashley’s South Australian import Patrick Page whose classy ton guided them to a comfortable six-wicket victory at the Sports Ground, writes Neil Perrett.
Teenager Page, one of the country’s most exciting youth products, made Lymington pay for an abject display in the field as Bashley continued to hold the Indian sign over their neighbours.
Dropped by Matt Metcalfe on 40, the 19-year-old went on to compile a match-defining 115, his 107-ball stay including no fewer than nine fours and five towering sixes.
Earlier, Bashley had ripped through the Lymington top order, with Ryan Scott, Richie Lock and Calvin Dickinson back in the Portakabin with the scoreboard showing a paltry seven.
However, after Ellis had joined Terry Crabb (40) at the crease, the pair shared 76 for the fourth wicket to steady the ship.
And the recovery continued as Ellis (106) – who hit 12 fours – and Dom Hand (45) helped Lymington post a challenging 240 for eight.
Josh Digby (3-54) claimed the scalp of Ellis when he had him caught on the line by Sam Thomson, while Mitch Wilson (2-21), Simon Ridley (2-40) and Simon Watkins (1-54) were also among the wickets for Bashley.
Although Tom Gates fell cheaply at the start of the reply, a mix of excellent shot-making and charitable fielding and bowling allowed Page (115) and Digby (39) to put on 126 for the second wicket.
Lymington scented a whiff of victory after Page, Digby and Michael Porter had gone to leave Bashley on 188-4, but an unbroken stand of 53 between Chris Vaughan (24) and Chris Ridley (23) ensured Bashley would maintain an unbeaten record against Lymington in the Southern Premier League which stretches back to July 2011.
Bashley (Rydal) left-hander Patrick Page forces the ball to cover, watched by Ed Ellis (wicketkeeper) and photographed by Terry Nash.
Sister Lucy’s wedding means New Milton are without skipper Ryan Beck and all-rounder brother Lee for the Forest derby clash with Lymington at Fernhill.
Beck, who will hand over the reins to opener David Wakefield for tomorrow’s British Gas Southern Premier League contest (1pm), has overseen a terrific start to the campaign.
New Milton chased down 300 to beat Hampshire Academy and followed up that victory with a thumping 72-run win over Burridge. Their lone defeat came at defending champions Havant last week.
Beck said: “It has been a great start for us. We were disappointed to lose at Havant, of course, but they are champions and you have to be at the top of your game to compete with them.
“We will be alright. Finishing in the top half would be a fantastic effort but if we get the five or six wins we need to stay in the league, that would be great.”
Beck suffered a calf injury while returning bowling figures of three for 17 in the match with Havant but is adamant he would have featured this weekend were it not for his diary clash.
“David Wakefield is a superb player and a nice bloke. Hopefully he doesn’t have a little bowl, because it could go anywhere!
“He’s looking forward to the chance because he’ll go back to New Zealand and captain his club team there, Old Boys Collegians.”
New Milton face the formidable task of trying to subdue Lymington’s in-form opening batsman, Terry Crabb.
The experienced New Zealander has crashed 196 runs in his two matches this season, having struck a pre-season century and hammered 207 in a second-team match against Ventnor.
Beck insists his side will not lay any specific trap for the opposition’s danger man and is buoyed by the form of his bowling attack, with off-spinner Ollie Shrubsole and Nick Gargaro, the evergreen left-arm swing bowler, both in the wickets of late.
It all adds up to a positive outlook for the club, who will officially open new nets at Fernhill tonight.
“We do not look at the opposition, we just do what we do,” continued Beck. “What is the point in worrying about them?
“Our bowlers have been in the wickets, especially Nick Gargaro with his new knees! Everything is good in the camp, the club is strong and everyone is happy.”
New Milton: D Wakefield, D Wakefield, N Gargaro, D Loader, T Edwards, A Collison, O Shrubsole, G Watts, M Freeman, R Hussey, T Arnold, J Haggaty.
Neighbours Bashley (Rydal), who won at Lymington last week, give a debut to former Hampshire Academy left-armer Tom Barber, who has been trialling with the MCC Young Cricketers.
They host Alton, with Kevin Nash side-lined with a groin strain, and opener Tom Gates desperate for a score after managing only nine runs in his first three knocks.
Alton are without wicketkeeper/batsman Abeed Janmohamed and leg-spinner Jack Myers, so England Disability gloveman Hugo Hammond takes the gloves. Eton College batsman Matt Pein makes his debut.
Bashley (Rydal): Gates, Digby, Page, Porter, Vaughan, Ridley, Thomson, Wilson, Watkins, Ridley, Barber.
Alton: Hammond, Heffernan, Harris, Myers, Heffernan, Hammond, Jamison, Pein, Mortimer, Hughes, Ballinger.
BURRIDGE bounced back from consecutive defeats by Bashley (Rydal) and New Milton to end St Cross Symondians’ winning ECB British Gas Southern Premier League start with a 23-run victory at Botley Road.
Their success owed much to a 98-run partnership between former Hampshire batsman Derek Kenway (61) and Jamie Richards (34) and a robust late innings stand between Marc Campopiano and Dan Stancliffe, which left St Cross with a little too much to do.
Burridge successful defended a decent 252-6, with previously unbeaten Symondians’ closing at 229-9.
Kenway’s knock at the top of the order was a delight to watch: he always seems to make batting look so easy and some of his cover driving was sublime.
His stand 98-run stand with the left-handed Richards set Burridge up, though skipper Rick Ankers must have feared a repeat of the previous week’s debacle (when they lost ten wickets for 41 runs at New Milton) when Harry Came and Charlie Ayers created inroads and last year’s runners-up dropped to 164-5.
“We found ourselves at a key point in the game but unlike the first two weeks we seized the moment,' said Ankers.
“Campo and Dan Stancliffe batted beautifully, running well between the wickets.
“They batted sensibly at first and once they got in took the game to the bowlers.'
Portsmouth University student Campopiano (51) and Stancliffe, who clouted three sixes in a 34-ball half-century, added 83 and with 252-6 to chase, St Cross had plenty of work to do.
And even more so after Nick McMurray (3-25) produced an outstanding spell of disciplined bowling and reduced St Cross to 56-3.
“He was at the batsmen all the time, squeezing them and generally making life difficult,” Ankers added.
Solent University’s Matt Stokes (75) has been finding runs hard to get this season, but glued the St Cross reply together, adding a lively 67 with Harry Came (33), who disappointingly gave his wicket away when he was batting nicely.
Stokes departed at 154-6, after which James Marsh (26) and Jack Bransgrove (26) gave St Cross a sniff, but when Stancliffe (3-42) return to dismiss both batsmen, the game was up for the Winchester visitors, who ended up 229-9.
Chris Morgan proved Havant”s “local hero” as they secured a 41-run win over previously unbeaten New Milton at Havant Park in the British Gas Southern League Premier Division.
Morgan (4-18) proved unplayable as the New Forest visitors were bowled out for 131 (Dave Wakefield 31) in under 45 overs, writes Kevin Ricketts of the News, Portsmouth..
Skipper Ben Walker sang the praises off the 27- year old slow left-arm spinner, who has played virtually all his cricket at the club after starting in the junior section.
“He produced a phenomenal spell of bowling and New Milton couldn”t cope with him,” said Walker. “Apart from his time at Durham University and a year on the Hampshire staff he has played his cricket with us. He knows the game inside out and we are fortunate to have someone of his quality regularly available. Luckily he loves the club and made his senior debut when he was only 13 years of age. He has a special talent.”
Earlier Havant lost opener, Hampshire's Brad Taylor, cheaply after being put into bat by the visitors. Pete Hopson (41) and Walker (36) then set about laying the foundations on a difficult Havant Park surface.
They had to work hard on a pitch that had been made tricky by the rains during the week and a downpour during the morning. Both were disappointed to lose their wicket after doing the hard work to get in.
Stuart Ransley (36), back from Dubai, looked like he had never been away, adding some valuable late runs before being run out on the last ball.
“Our total was competitive but not brilliant,” said Walker.
Cameron Prentice and Josh McCoy bowled well at the start of the New Milton innings but the introduction of spinner Morgan proved decisive.
“It was a good workmanlike performance,” said Walker. I am pleased with the effort and commitment put in by the whole team. The league looks as though it is going to be very close this summer. The games will be competitive week in week out which is what you want. It was brilliant winning the title last season and it is always harder to defend it. That, however, is the ultimate aim and it will be a great effort if we achieve it.”
Basingstoke & North Hants
Back (from left): Joe Oates, Daniel Belcher, Martyn James, Dean Nurse, William Phillips, David Griffiths, Ted Pearson (scorer). Seated: Scott Dyer, Ryan Connor, Mitchell Stokes (captain), Mathew Thankachan, George Metzger.
Former Hampshire & Kent paceman David Griffiths and Martyn James combined to skittle Sarisbury Athletic for 64 in less than 30 overs at Allotment Road, where Basingstoke & North Hants romped to an eight-wicket win.
Griffiths took 4-18 after James had wiped out Sarisbury’s top order with a 4-13 return.
“It was movement in the air, as opposed to off the pitch, that did for the majority of their batsmen and we held on to some good catches,” said Basingstoke skipper Mitchell Stokes, who made 29 of the runs the Bountymen needed.
“Our young wicketkeeper George Metzger took three catches and Ryan Connor clung on to two in the slips.”
Calmore Sports pulled off a notable 20-run success against Liphook & Ripsley, who had won their two previous Premier Division 1 games.
Once again, Melbournian import Jack Rutter inspired Calmore, scoring an important half century and later taking three Liphook wickets. Rutter got his 51 not out after Ben Perry (36) and left-hander Ben Johns (36) had produced a tidy partnership. But Calmore will have been disappointed to have seen a promising 131-3 become 182-8. Nonetheless, it proved enough as two early strikes by left-armer Steve Wright (2-26) left Liphook playing catch up at 43-4.
Suman Ganguly struck 60 and added useful runs with Grant Rouse (35) before Rutter (3-39) removed them both and Liphook slid to 162 all out.
South African Schaughn van Greunen, who smashed the Sarisbury Athletic attack for an unbeaten 123 on Ventnor debut, went on the hitting trail again – with Rowledge on the receiving end at Newclose !
He blazed two sixes and eight fours in a breezy 82 as Ventnor chased down Rowledge’s 245-4 to win by two wickets with three balls to spare.
“He’s seriously good,” reflected Rowledge’s respected all-rounder David Lloyd.
“As good an overseas player as I’ve been in the Premier League.”
Lloyd himself made 39 after a century opening stand between Nick Morant (63) and Tom Gleave (55). Australian Tom Treble got 37.
Ironically, 14-year old Zeph Wells, who took 8-37 at Sarisbury a week earlier, went wicketless.
But Rowledge had the game – and a potential first win – taken away from them by van Greunen, while Neil Westhorpe’s unbeaten 56 did much to secure back-to-back wins for the islanders.
* Tichborne Park’s scheduled home match with Portsmouth was washed out.
ursley Park are propping up the British Gas Southern Premier League after previously winless Gosport Borough inflicted a third successive Division 3 defeat on them at Privett Park.
They bowled Hursley out for 144 before celebrating a seven-wicket win, with skipper Tom Larner played a significant role.
Hursley Park, who avoided the drop to the Hampshire League by the skin of their teeth last season, lost two quick wickets before Matt Pile (44) and Matt Branfoot (31) improved matters.
But when Larner (3-16) took three quick wickets, Hursley dropped to 75-5 and later 106-6 before being 144 all out, teenage duo Jacob Harris and spinner Jack Richards taking two wickets each.
Lee Harrop, with an unbeaten 62 and Larner (59) eased Gosport to their first win in three.
Purbrook, the other side without a win, lost by six wickets to leaders Basingstoke & North Hants II.
Purbrook made 140-9 (Jon Moller 47), but the classy Andy Giles, with an unbeaten 51, and teenager Martin Deadman (33) guided the Bountymen to a six-wicket win.
With their Premier Division match against South Wilts called off, Alton chose to strengthen their second team for the visit to their opposite numbers, Bashley (Rydal).
But beefing up the side with first team captain Scott Myers and overseas all-rounder Sean Jamison didn’t work, although the Gauteng star did make 61 while Alton were tottering at 113-7.
Instead, it was seasoned Bashley campaigner Neil Taylor (5-25) and university student Sammy Laurent (3-32), who took the bowling credits as the Brewers were dismissed for 183.
Bashley were quickly two down for 14, but an unbeaten 170-run partnership between Tom Jacques (pictured above left by Terry Nash) and Phil Morris swept them home.
Jacques, bidding for his first team place back, sent a massive message to Bashley skipper Michael Porter when he hit 15 fours in his unbeaten 95, while Morris was 68 not out.
New Zealander Matt Brown hit 71 but was unable to prevent Fawley (147) from a 32-run defeat by Havant II, for whom Andrew Galliers (51) and Simon Loat (40) top scored.
Twenty wickets fell for 169 runs at uncovered Rowlands Avenue, where Fair Oak lost – despite having hosts Waterlooville reeling at 19-5 at one stage.
Rhys Oxley produced astonishing figures of one wicket for two runs off his ten overs, eight of which were maidens, while Andy Mash (3-24) and Ross Stewart (4-14) carved deep into the Ville top order.
Jon Hudson (34) and Max Goddard (29) raised Ville’s total to 97 (later reduced to 94 by rain) with what proved a decisive stand.
Sam Hillman’s 4-16 spell reduced Oaks to an equally desperate 25-5 before Oxley and Assad Abbas (18) rallied. But with five batsmen trapped leg before, Fair Oak tumbled to 72 all out and a 22-run defeat.
ECB BRITISH GAS SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE
RESULTS: ROUND 3 – 20 MAY 2017
ECB PREMIER DIVISION
Burridge 252-6 (Kenway 63, Campopiano 54, Stancliffe 50*, Richards 34)
St Cross Symondians 229-9 (Stokes 75,
Burridge won by 23 runs.
Andover 73 (Watson 29)(Campbell 4-25, Scriven 2-16)
Hampshire Academy 74-0 (Duggan 30*, Kantolinna 36*)
Hampshire Academy won by ten wickets
Havant 172-9 (Hopson 41, Walker 36, Ransley 30)
New Milton 131 (Wakefield 31, Edwards 26, Morgan 4-18)
Havant won by 41 runs.
Lymington 240-8 (Ellis 106, Hand 45, Digby 3-54)
Bashley (Rydal) 241-4 (Page 115, Digby 39)
Bashley Rydal won by six wickets.
Bournemouth 221-5 (Bridgen 70, C Park 46*, N Park 43)
Hook & Newnham Basics 198-9 (M. Buckingham 55, J. Buckingham 33, Pack 3-24, Clutterbuck 3-45))
Bournemouth won by 23 runs
Calmore Sports 182-8 (Rutter 51*, Perry 41, Johns 36)
Liphook & Ripsley 162 (Ganguly 60, Rouse 35, Rutter 3-39)
Calmore Sports won by 20 runs
Sarisbury Athletic 64 (James 4-13, Griffiths 4-18)
Basingstoke & North Hants 68-2 (Stokes 29)
Basingstoke & North Hants won by eight wickets
Rowledge 245-4 (Morant 63, Gleave 55, Lloyd 39, Treble 37)
Ventnor 246-8 (Van Greunen 82, Westhorpe 56*)
Ventnor won by two wickets.
Postponed: Tichborne Park v Portsmouth
Hartley Wintney 216-9 (Kerr 45, Ross 33, Pearce 6-35)
South Wilts II 194 (Marc Burton 62*, S Pittman 35, Cowley 33, Reynaldo 4-41, Beckwith 3-56)
Hartley Wintney won by 22 runs.
Postponed: Old Tauntonians & Romsey v Langley Manor, Paultons v Hambledon, Sparsholt
Totton & Eling, St Cross Symondians II v Trojans.
Alton II 183 (Jamieson 61, Taylor 5-25, Laurent 3-32)
Bashley (Rydal) II 184-2 (Jacques 95*, Morris 68*)
Bashley (Rydal) II won by eight wickets.
Havant II 179 (Galliers 51, Loat 40, B Parratt 3-44, Smith 3-38)
Fawley 147 (Brown 71) (Carter 4-16)
Havant II won by 32 runs.
Hursley Park 144 (Pile 41, Branfoot 31, Larner 3-16, Richards 3-25)
Gosport Borough 148-3 (Harrop 62*, Larner 59)
Gosport Borough won by seven wickets.
Purbrook 140-9 (Moller 47, Nel 24, Chandler 3-17)
Basingstoke & North Hants II 141-4 (Giles 51*, Deadman 33)
Basingstoke & North Hants II won by six wickets
Waterlooville 97 (Hudson 34, Goddard 29, Stewart 4-14, Mash 3-24)
Fair Oak 72 (Abbas 18, Hillman 4-16)
Waterlooville won by 22 runs
Sparsholt and Tichborne Park will enjoy home advantage in the National Village Championship county semi-finals on Sunday week, May 28.
Paultons will be the visitors to the Norman Edwards round to play Sparsholt, while Tichborne receive Liphook & Ripsley.
Mike Howarth (71) and Jerry Frith (61) led Sparsholt to 217-7 (Tom Flynn 3-58) in their second round derby at the Quarters.
Hursley Park made 140-9, with newcomer Luke Deacon (31) top scoring. Fellow teen Nick Doubell took 3-25.
Paultons enjoyed a comfortable six-wicket win at Hambledon, who were Hampshire champions last season.
Spencer le Clerq’s 53 underpinned Hambledon’s 140-8 (Andrew Denney 3-26), but an unbeaten 68 by Julian Drake steered Pauktons home.
Tichborne Park successfully chased down Amport’s 248-7 to win by three wickets and secure a semi-final tie with Liphook & Ripsley.
Alex Ayers, pictured, who was named Hampshire Under-15 player of the year last season, underlined his potential with a superb 93 as Amport posted 248-7.
But Tichborne were home and dry with seven overs to spare, Martin Cheyney hitting a brutal 100 off 70 balls and dominating a 184-run start with Jake Bristow (51).
Tom Allam made 30 before Tichborne crossed the line.
Liphook & Ripsley breezed past Bramshaw, for whom Dave Streather (35) and Zane de Monte (27) top scored in a total of 164.
Rob Nicklin (3-32) and Giles Cover (3-33) shared the bowling plaudits for Liphook, who raced to victory with 11 overs to spare.
Nicklin (39) made runs at the start, while a partnership of 93 between Suman Ganguly (77) and an undefeated 44 from Cover settled it.
Elsewhere, Redlynch & Hale and Rowledge reached their respective county semi-finals without bowling a ball in anger.
Redlynch will now play host to Goatacre, who whipped Parley (120) by nine wickets. Rowledge host Surrey County League club Sinjungrammarians, from Tooting.
SKIPPER Chris Park is backing his multi-faceted bowling attack to continue wreaking havoc as Bournemouth seek to extend their victorious start to the British Gas Southern Premier League season.
Teenage spinner Rob Pack, pictured left, who is “mad keen” to impress this season according to Park, tore through Portsmouth with five wickets in the thumping 69-run win last week, having opened the campaign by snaring three victims in a 97-run trouncing of Rowledge.
On that occasion, it was fellow left-arm spinner Dom Clutterbuck who did most of the damage with a match-defining haul of five for 17.
With a rich fast-bowling armoury at his disposal, too, Park admits there is little room for sentiment in the outfield.
“We are lucky to have seven or eight bowling options. If one of them is having an off day, or a bad spell, I have to be ruthless and make a change immediately.
“Rob Pack did not have a great pre-season, he had to miss three of the four friendlies because of work. Coming into the season, he has been mad keen to do well.
“But the wickets have been shared around. Dom Clutterbuck’s five-for changed the game against Rowledge, then he bought a wicket at Portsmouth as well.
“We are heavily dominated by our spin bowling and we still have Jem Warner to come back from Durham University.
“In club cricket, spin does dominate. A lot of batsmen’s eyes light up when they see the slow bowlers. But these three are good quality spinners, they have bowled a lot of overs through the years, so there is an awful lot of experience there, despite their ages.
“And we have a strong seam attack, as well. Chrystian Michalowski and Chris Bolton are missing at the moment.
“But Simon Woodruff (who has joined the club from Wimborne & Colehill) and Matt Jones, the two opening bowlers, were absolutely superb at Portsmouth and probably won us the game.”
The only slight blot on Lions’ promising start to the Division One campaign has been their inability to put an imposing total on the board.
Park’s team did well to score 206 on a ‘minefield’ at Portsmouth, but the captain was disappointed with the 217 they set Rowledge for victory on the opening day.
“As a batting side, we want to get to 250,” said Park. “You will never play a perfect game but the lads have applied themselves exceptionally well, the intensity has been great and we have had two good results.
“Cricket is a simple game. If our batsmen score runs and the bowlers take wickets, we will win a lot of games. It is down to the top six or seven to score those runs.
“We bat very deeply but we can’t take things for granted. We have to be on the money in every game.”
* Bournemouth host Burridge at Chapel Gate on Sunday (1pm) for a place in the regional semi-final of the ECB Royal London national club championship at Normandy on June 4.
Evergreen New Milton left-arm swing bowler Nick Gargaro could be excused for having a good old knee’s up after his match winning five-wicket haul against Burridge last week.
His 5-45 return, alongside teenager Oli Shrubsole’s 4-28, sent Burridge into freefall and won a remarkable ECB British Gas Southern Premier Division match for the Green & Golds.
It was his first serious bowl since having his left knee replaced last summer.
Defending 238-5, New Milton’s prospects of building on the previous week’s win over the Hampshire Academy looked unlikely as Jamie Richards (56) and former Hampshire batsman Derek Kenway (50) steered the Burridge reply 125-0.
But an extra-ordinary collapse saw Burridge lose all ten wickets for 41 runs – and the match by a 72-run margin !
Ironically, Gargaro’s nine-over spell didn’t begin that well.
“My initial two overs cost 28 runs, so I decided to mix it up and bowl cutters – and that seemed to do the trick,” Gargaro laughed.
“At 52 years of age, it was odd having to get used to bowling with a complete different white ball.”
Gargaro, a key member of the Hampshire Over-50s bowling attack, under went major knee surgery last June, having played only four Premier Division matches for New Milton, then newly promoted as 2015 SPL1 champions.
“Ironically, I jarred calf muscle playing in the Academy match and managed only two overs.
“But the knee is really good. It’s been a tough time since the replacement op, with many hours of physio and in the gym.
“But I got back in the nets around Christmas time and had the great incentive to get fully fit for the England Seniors tour to Cape Town, which I went on in March,” he explained.
Gargaro and his team mates certainly celebrated after the Burridge win.
“The fact that we didn’t get in until 2 o’clock on Sunday morning says it all,” chuckled New Milton skipper Ryan Beck.
“Five wicket hauls for any bowler are always pretty special occasions, but I’m really delighted for Nick, who’s a credit to the game and thoroughly deserved his reward.
Beck also praised Milton’s overseas batsman Dave Wakefield and teenager spinner Oli Shrubsole, who joined the Fernhill club from Parley last summer.
Wakefield didn’t have the best of debut seasons in 2016, his only two scores of significance – 56 and 87 coming against arch rivals Bashley (Rydal).
But carrying his bat for 95 against Burridge proved pivotal to New Milton’s success.
“I wanted Dave back in front of any other overseas options as he’s a massive heart and is someone us sloggers can bat around,” Beck said.
“His conduct on and off the field is exemplary and I’m sure last week’s 95 won’t be the last big one he gets us this season.”
Beck also praised teenager Oli Shrubsole, who kick started the Burridge slide when he clean bowled Derek Kenway.
Shrubsole, who journeys from Wareham to play for the Green & Golds, came up through Parley’s envied colts set up and carved a niche for himself in the team last summer.
With Nick Elliott enjoying a sabbatical, the former Dorset Under-17 captain will get plenty of front line bowling option this season.
“Oli’s was a very mature spell of bowling. He’s a future captain, I’ve no doubt about that, with his attitude and nous. We looked out of it when he came on.”
Hampshire’s young cricketers begin their challenge for the ECB national Under-17 Cup when they host Worcestershire at Basingstoke’s May’s Bounty ground on Sunday, 11am.
Hampshire: George Metzger, Billy Mead, Fletcha Middleton, Harry Gadd, Tom South, Patrick Holly, Tom Prest, Rory Hipwell, Scott Currie, Ajeet Dale, Sonny Reynolds, Jack Campbell.
Hampshire Seniors suffered their National Over-Sixties Championship defeat when group leaders Wales beat them by 44 runs at Hursley Park.
Peter Docherty underpinned Wales’ 205-5 with an unbeaten 113, but once Hampshire lost a fourth wicket at 84 they were behind the required rate and the game effectively lost.
Geoff Beale (36), Keith Harsham (36) and Jon Floyd (28) top scored in Hampshire’s 161 all out.
* Hampshire play Somerset at Midsomer Norton on Wednesday and then Geoff Owen's Memorial Match at Havant Park on Bank Holiday Monday, May 29.
New Zealander Terry Crabb followed up his opening day double century for Lymington seconds with an equally destructive innings of 156 which sent Alton crashing to a hefty 233-run defeat.
The 40-year old left-hander (pictured by Louise Flanagan) ran amok, hitting three sixes and 18 fours in a 121-ball stay at the crease.
“Terry hit the ball everywhere. It was a very classy knock, whilst also being very destructive,” said Lymington captain Simon Beetham.
Crabb, who has played provincial cricket for Auckland and subsequently or Denmark in the C & G Trophy, dominated a 143-run opening stand with Ryan Scott (50) before Richard Lock (23) joined him.
The fireworks really began when Hampshire prospect Calvin Dickinson piled on 71 and Ed Ellis chipped in with 35 not out.
Lymington’s towering 381-5 was the highest total ever posted at Alton’s Jubilee Ground.
Alton had beaten SPL champions Havant a week earlier, but the rolled over for 148 in reply, with former Northampton Saints batsman Dan Harris making 64.
Last season’s runners-up, Burridge lost all ten wickets for 41 runs in a calamitous collapse against New Milton’s twin ‘major and minor’ spin attack at Fernhill.
They appeared to be cruising towards Milton’s 238-5 on the strength of a 125-run opening stand between Jamie Richards (56) and former Hampshire batsman Derek Kenway (50).
But plunged to 166 all out and a second consecutive ECB British Gas Southern Premier Division defeat by a 72-run margin.
Hampshire Over-50s spinner Nic Gargaro, pictured, (5-45) and teenager Oli Shrubsole (4-28) sent Burridge into freefall before Ryan Beck took the tenth and final wicket.
Earlier, New Zealander Dave Wakefield (pictured in action at Bashley last season) glued the New Milton innings together.
After a bright start with Tom Arnold (23), Wakefield lost four partners between 58 and 81, but turned the tide in key partnerships, initially with Lee Beck (30) and later an unbroken 92 with Matt Freeman (46 not out).
Bashley (Rydal) tossed away a great opportunity of inflicting a second consecutive defeat on ECB British Gas Southern League champions Havant and extending their own winning start to the season.
Chasing down Havant’s 260-7, they were 173-2 and, requiring 87 off the last 15 overs, seemingly headed for victory
Josh Digby (73) and Michael Porter, eventually ninth out for 87, appeared in little trouble as they picked off Havant’s seven-pronged attack during a 123-run third-wicket partnership.
But Digby’s dismissal – uncharacteristically caught on the boundary – triggered a seismic collapse which saw eight wickets fall for 64 runs and Bashley (237 all out) lose an enthralling tussle by 23 runs.
Bashley had earlier done well to claw their way back into a game which was definitely titled Havant’s way, with the champions 141-1 (Peter Hopson 32) at the 25-over drinks break.
Hampshire’s Brad Taylor (81) and Ben Walker (63) looked to be pointing Havant to a 300-plus score, but led by spinners Simon Watkins (3-28) and Digby, Bashley eked their way back into the game.
Havant slipped to 230-7 before important late runs by Jez Bulled gave them a competitive, but far from secure 260-7.
Bashley’s hopes took a knock when South Australia’s Patrick Page (19) picked out Richard Hindley at cover-point, but Digby and Porter wrested the initiative away from the champions with that century-plus stand.
Once Digby was dismissed, scoreboard pressure began to tell, though two huge sixes out of the ground by Mitch Wilson (19) off the expensive Taylor left Bashley needing 47 to win off six overs.
With the immaculate BCG’s short boundary, eight an over was theoretically gettable – but with Porter losing the strike at key times and batsmen trying to hit big instead of rotating the strike, they fell 23 runs short at 237 all out, Hindley’s 3-37 return proving critical.
A disappointed Porter reflected: “We bowled and fielded well to restrict Havant to 260 on an extremely good track.
“Diggers (Josh Digby) and myself batted well to get us to needing 87 off the last 15, but he got caught on the boundary at an unfortunate time.
“A combination of good bowing and mediocre batting, coupled with me not getting the strike, meant that we fell short of our target.”
In March 2014, Logan van Beek helped create one of international cricket’s greatest upsets as Holland sent England spinning out of the ICC T20 World Cup.
He bowled two overs for the Dutch in Chittagong that day, taking 3-9 and dismissing Josh Buttler, Ravi Bopara and Chris Jordan to send England crashing to 88 all out and an embarrassing 45-run loss.
The defeat ranked among one of the low points of English cricket history and followed a miserable 2013/14 winter stuffed with setback and disappointments.
New Zealander Van Beek, whose father is Dutch (hence his eligibility to play for Holland), is St Cross Symondians’ overseas player this season – and he’s already made his mark, not only with the ball.
Alongside taking two wickets in each game, he made a half-century in the opening match at Andover and followed it up with a splendid 114 against the Hampshire Academy.
St Cross Symondians won both matches and enjoy an unblemished start to the British Gas Southern Premier Division campaign alongside New Milton and South Wilts.
Van Beek hit a patient 11-boundary 114, arriving at the crease in the second over and eventually departing at 229-7.
He saw several team-mates perish before enjoying meaningful partnerships with Harry Came (26) and Asher Hart (30) which saw St Cross to 245-9.
Van Beek made two early breakthroughs before Tom Scriven (53) and later Scotsman Chris Sole (32) began a fightback.
Kent loanee Joe Weatherley, dismissed earlier for nine by Patrick Holly (2-44), took 3-38 as the nine-teenager Academy dipped to 156 all out.