South East Hants Strikers celebrated a win double, successfully defending two modest totals to beat Bournemouth by three runs and Parley by a 16-run margin.
Strikers posted 119-1 against Bournemouth and only five runs more against the other Dorset team, Parley - but their bowlers kept the opposition batsmen in check both times.
They have now won all three of their matches in the NatWest Under-16 Indoor League at the Ageas Bowl.
Bournemouth 135-1 (Kitson 27*, Breckon 25*)
Parley 114-4 (Saunders 33, Bragginton 26*, Breckon 2-9)
Bournemouth won by 21 runs.
South East Hants Strikers 119-1 (McBride 25*, Randell 25*, Kanavan 24)
Bournemouth 116-4 (Breckon 29*, V Pack 21*, Randell 2-22)
South East Hants Strikers won by three runs.
South East Hants Strikers 124-1 (Kanavan 26*, McBride 25*, Harris 24*, Richards 24*)
Parley 108-4 (Bragginton 38*, Saunders 28*)
South East Hants Strikers won by 16 runs.
Champions Compton & Chandler’s Ford hit 24 off the last over and two runs off the final ball to tie their NatWest Under-16 Indoor League match against Basingstoke & North Hants at the Ageas Bowl.
They redeemed themselves from an undistinguished session with the ball when Jovan Dhariwal (39) and Jimmy Khan (25) began to chase down Basingstoke’s 143-3.
But at 99-1 and only three overs left, CCF were distinct outsiders.
Needing 24 to win off the last over, Compton scored nine off three balls, but when Dhariwal hit a straight six the odds swung their way. Two runs off last ball tied the match.
Basingstoke had earlier played poorly against the New Forest and lost by five wickets, while Compton, still below their best, defended 121 to beat the Forest by 20 runs.
Basingstoke & North Hants 107-5 (Firrell 33, Saujan 22*)
New Forest 108-1 (Tomkins 28*, Reynolds 22*)
New Forest won by five wickets.
Basingstoke & North Hants 143-3 (Firrell 30*, Metzger 25*)
Compton & Chandler’s Ford 143-3 (Dhariwal 39*, Khan 25*, Lovell 23*, Firrell 2-41)
Compton & Chandler’s Ford 121 (Dhariwal 32, Littlehales 19, Tomkins 2-10, Fisher 2-36)
New Forest 101-5 (Fisher 29, B Wathen 25*, Dhariwal 2-19).
Compton & Chandler’s Ford won by 20 runs.
Promising Old Netley & Highfield all-rounder Tom South remained undefeated at the crease as the county Development team recorded a NatWest Under-16 Indoor League double at the Ageas Bowl.
The left-hander, who made several appearances in the Hampshire Academy side last summer, hit an unbeaten 35 in the 28-run win over South Wilts and 26 not out in the five-wicket victory over Totton & Eling Tigers.
Totton lost both matches, but had the two top scorers of the session, with Ethan Taylor hitting a valiant 55 against South Wilts and Chris Simpkin 42 not out against the Development team
South Wilts 116-5 (J Wade 35, E Wade 17, Smith 16, Mansbridge 2-25)
Totton & Eling Tigers 99 (Taylor 55, Huntley 2-21, E Wade 2-22)
South Wilts won by 17 runs.
Development 140-3 (South 35*, Sebborn 28*, Balcombe 20, Watson 16)
South Wilts 112-2 (J Wade 27*, E Wade 26*, Smith 24, Huntley 15)
Development won by 28 runs.
Totton & Eling Tigers 114-4 (Simpkin 42*, Carty 26*, Bose 2-17)
Development 117-1 (South 26*, Watson 25*, Sebborn 20*, Bose 20*)
Development won by five wickets.
Matt Taylor struck a remarkable 79 not out as Hook & Newnham Hurricanes snatched a remarkable one-wicket victory from the snapping jaws of defeat against the county Development side in the Ageas Bowl NatWest Under-16 Indoor League.
All appeared lost when the impressive Ayush Bose (3-20) took two wickets in successive balls to leave Hook, chasing 122, reeling at 57-5 in the sixth over of their reply.
But Taylor refused to give in, calmly scoring at ten runs or more per over and gradually easing Hook towards the target.
At 105-5 with an over still left, Taylor still had plenty of his plate, but he efficiently clipped 19 runs off Tom South’s last six balls to get the Hurricanes home.
Spinner Charlie Neville (3-16) shone again as Hook won their second game against South East Hants U15s with some comfort, while South, with 2-18 and an unbeaten 23, got the Development team home after an early wobble against the SEH district fledglings.
Development 122-4 (South 37*, Sebborn 26*, Wallis 17)
Hook Hurricanes 124-5 (Taylor 79*, Bose 3-20)
Hook Hurricanes won by one wicket.
Hook Hurricanes 133-1(May 27*, Armstrong 26*, Brown 25*, Taylor 15*)
South East Sixers 66 (Wilkins 19, Pratt 14, Neville 3-16)
Hook Hurricanes won by 67 runs.
South East Sixers 98-5 (Zanman 42*, Baker 39, South 2-18, Bose 2-22)
Development 101-3 (South 23*, Sebborn 18, Balcombe 15, Trodd 15*)
Development won by three wickets.
Reigning champions Compton & Chandler’s Ford extended their unbeaten start in the NatWest Under-16 Indoor Cricket League with emphatic wins over newcomers Fair Oak and South Wilts.
They ended South Wilts’ two-match winning start before skittling Fair Oak for a dismal 22 to notch a third straight win.
Fair Oak 105-5 (F Middleton 35*, Abbas 28, Atkinson 2-28) South Wilts 106-4 (Huntley 32*, E Wade 24, Smith 3-19).
South Wilts 110-3 (J Wade 26*, Atkinson 19*) Compton & Chandler’s Ford 112-1 (Khan 26*, Dhariwal 25*, Vaughan 16*).
Fair Oak 22 (Lovell 2-3, Vaughan 2-4) Compton & Chandler’s Ford 23-0.
* There is no Under-16 indoor cricket at the Ageas Bowl this Sunday. Play resumes on October 30.
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).
Gosport Borough’s Jacob Harris, pictured, hit an undefeated 71 and debutant Hook & Newnham Basics spinner Charlie Neville took four wickets on an eye catching curtain raiser to the NatWest Under-16 Indoor Cricket League season at the Ageas Bowl.
Harris’s 71 not out, which set up a 47-run win for South East Hants Strikers over the district’s U15 team, was the highest individual score for several seasons.
With Troy Bound (29) going well and Totton handily placed at 55-1, Hook’s 123-5 was under threat.
But leg spinner Neville changed the face of the game with four wickets in ten balls as the Tigers sank to 100 all out.
Wiltshire’s Under-14 top player Jayden Atkinson underlined his potential with a tidy 3-8 return which set up an easy five-wicket win for South Wilts over BournemoutH, which Jack Stearman completed.
Bournemouth 46 (Kitson 29, Atkinson 3-8) South Wilts 49-1 (Stearman 25*). South Wilts won by five wickets.
Hook Hurricanes 123-5 (Taylor 40*, Brown 24, Taylor 3-37) Totton & Eling Tigers 100 (Bound 29, Neville 4-13). Hook Hurricanes won by 23 runs.
SE Hants Strikers 155-4 (Harris 71*, Richards 24) SE Hants Sixers 108-3 (Baker 26*, Seve 26*, Richards 2-28). SE Hants Strikers won by 47 runs.
Sunday’s fixtures: 6 Compton & Chandler’s Ford v Parley, 7 Basingstoke & North Hants v Fair Oak, 8 Development v New Forest.
Old Tauntonians & Romsey defied their underdogs tag to pull off two remarkable victories and win the NatWest Under-16 Indoor Cricket Championship.
Finishing fourth in the log and without injured England prospect Katie George, they went into the Ageas Bowl finals as firm outsiders for the title.
But, fully motivated and totally focussed, they chased down competitive totals to initially beat 2014 champions Parley and then thrash the Hampshire EDP squad by six wickets in the final.
They scored 133-4 to beat Parley with three balls to spare and had four batsmen ‘retire’ before knocking off the EDP’s 137-3 with ten balls in hand.
“To beat the two top sides in it so convincingly was a simply fantastic achievement,” beamed coach Rick Kellaway.
“I told the lads beforehand that, because they’d reached the cut-off age limit, this would be the last time they’d play together and go out and make the most of it.
“They certainly did that !”
Chasing competitive totals each time, the OTs youngsters kept their heads, pushing the ball into the gaps to comfortably score at ten runs an over throughout.
Openers Harry Tulk and Elliott Mitchell-Lee both retired before skipper Sam Costley played his part in a two-wicket win over Parley.
The same three, plus Tom George, played identical batting roles in the final, while spinner Nicho Newman showed his potential withcthe ball.
Parley 132-4 (Nash 23*, Clarke 22, Newman 2-25)
OTs & Romsey 133-4 (Tulk 34*, Costley 30*, Mitchell-Lee 27, Rowett 3-15)
OTs & Romsey won by two wickets.
Basingstoke & North Hants 99-5 (Oates 34*, Neal 28, Spencer 2-19)
Hampshire EDP 102-3(Broadhurst 27, Holly 16*, Wade 16*)
Hampshire EDP won by three wickets.
Hampshire EDP 137-3 (Broadhurst 46*, Holly 28*, Fay 26*, Tulk 2-35)
OTs & Romsey 139-0 (Tulk 27*, Costley 27*, Mitchell-Lee 25*, T George 25*)
OTs & Romsey won by six wickets.