The Tichborne Trophy final is between Rotherfield Park and Tichborne Park, while on the academy pitch Hursley Park joust with Wickham for the Igglesden Trophy. Play begins at 6 o'clock with full bar and refreshment facilities available.
Tonight's Winchester & District T20 Tichborne and Igglesden Trophy finals at Hursley Park are set to get the go-ahead, despite the inclement weather of the past few days.
The Tichborne Trophy final is between Rotherfield Park and Tichborne Park, while on the academy pitch Hursley Park joust with Wickham for the Igglesden Trophy. Play begins at 6 o'clock with full bar and refreshment facilities available.
SOMERSET have been rocked by the news that key Ventnor-raised batsman Adam Hose has decided to leave the club and join Warwickshire with immediate effect.
The 24-year-old, who spent his embryo years playing in Ventnor’s unique Steephill bowl, had established himself as a regular in all three formats this season and scored his first century for the club in the victory over Gloucestershire in May.
However, Hose has decided his future lies at Edgbaston despite the fact that, barring a miraculous recovery, Warwickshire will be playing Division Two County Championship cricket in 2018.
Hose represented Hampshire’s junior age group sides, the Second XIs of both Glamorgan and Worcestershire and the MCC Young Cricketers before arriving in Taunton, and he made his Somerset debut in July 2015 against Hampshire in the Natwest T20 Blast.
The following year brought a First Class bow against Pakistan, in which Hose scored 10 and eight opening the batting against the international attack.
Thereafter, the batsman primarily made his name against the white ball but forced his way into the Championship side as a result of his impressive limited overs performances and scored 62 in the side’s first four-day victory of the season against Yorkshire in Scarborough earlier this month.
Having started his Somerset career as an opener, Hose dropped down the order to great effect this season and scored 330 runs at an average of 55 in the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign, which included two half-centuries as well as the aforementioned 101 not out against Gloucestershire.
As a player with his best years in front of him, Hose’s departure will be keenly felt by Somerset, who will now embark on their survival bid without one of this season’s few bright spots. Somerset County Gazette
James Hibberd, captain of table topping South Wilts, has a warning for the other three clubs aspiring for the coveted ECB British Gas Southern Premier Division title : watch Havant.
“They may be third and have won only five of their 11 games – three defeats and three draws – but never write them off,” he says.
South Wilts, who have probably surprised themselves by leading the pack going into this weekend’s final batch of all-day Time pennant games, enjoy what amounts to a 29-point advantage over their old adversaries.
But Hibberd points out that the win/lose format of the upcoming second leg of the ‘white ball’ matches could easily turn things upside down.
“We’ve got a demanding run in, with Bashley (Rydal) first up when we return to 50-over cricket and then a trip to Havant on the penultimate day of the season,” he points out.
“But I maintain there’s no pressure on us. Me apart, we’re a developing home grown team, simply enjoying our cricket.
“It’s nice to be top going into the final third, but no one’s mentioned winning titles.”
As the Premier Division prepares to enter the final straight – there are six matches left, one Time pennant and five ‘white ball’ games – with Lymington, Havant and Bashley (Rydal) in the frame.
Lymington could win their first ‘trophy’ in over 30 years if they achieve a positive result from Saturday’s Sports Ground derby with New Milton.
“When we went to the top last month, it was the first time since we physically won the old Southern League way back in 1985,” revealed long serving chairman and past player Peter Tapper.
“It’s a staggering admission, but our trophy cabinet has remained empty ever since.”
That could change with a win or a ‘winning draw’ against New Milton – and bring Lymington their long awaited ‘trophy’ – the Time pennant.
“We have five wins from seven and lead South Wilts by ten points going into the final Time game,” Tapper confirmed.
Whether Lymington can make the final push in the ‘white ball’ arena and challenge for the title itself remains to be seen.
On the face of it, they have a less demanding run-in than their rivals, though the final match of the season against Havant could be interesting !
Lymington aren’t due to get hard hitting Zimbabwean Malcolm Lake (350 runs in five knocks) back until the last two games, but their top order still looks strong and Matt Metcalfe is still taking wickets for fun.
It’s been a somewhat anti-climatic summer for Havant after last season’s heady Premier League and T20 Cup double.
Three defeats and three drawn games in their seven Time outings has hindered progress, but, as James Hibberd warns, they remain a huge threat.
Hampshire’s Brad Taylor is likely to be available for the remainder of the season and, with a favourable ‘spin deck’ to bowl on, Havant’s slow men will continue to thrive.
Ben Walker once again leads the Premier run-scoring charts but, with Hampshire’s Jimmy Adams and Joe Weatherley potentially in the St Cross Symondians line-up, this Saturday could be a key date in Havant’s calendar.
Two disastrous batting performances in recent weeks have dented Bashley’s title aspirations and they could soon lose South Australian top scorer Patrick Page, who is due back in Adelaide in early August.
The potential ‘loss’ of left-arm quicks Tom Barber and Brad Currie to Middlesex and Surrey has also stifled Bashley’s push.
Captain Michael Porter has some serious issues to address in the Bashley batting department : Aussie Page apart they don’t have a player in the top 20 run scoring charts.
Last season’s surprise package runners-up Burridge had a massive hole to fill when South African Geoff Dods linked up with Hucknall in the Nottinghamshire Premier League.
But his replacement, Southampton Solent University left-hand all-rounder Brighton Mugochi has been a “revelation”, according to vive-captain Dan Hewitt.
Zimbabwe-born Mugochi was playing (pretty successfully) in the depths of Sussex League Division 4 cricket with relegated Henfield last season.
But 229 runs (often key ones) and 21 wickets underline what a success he’s been at Botley Road.
“Slow left-armers are never easy to play in club cricket. He has a good variation in flight with a proper quicker ball. Batsmen are given little respite and he’s a proper cricketer,” Hewitt said.
Dods hasn’t done badly in Nottinghamshire either, with 767 runs and 29 wickets in Saturday and Sunday league cricket.
The emergence of former Bradfield College all-rounder Harry Came has been one of the bright spots of an improved summer which should see St Cross Symondians finish in the top half.
Came played in Hampshire’s ECB Under-17 County Championship winning side two seasons ago and, while celebrating a maiden Premier Division century, has made 394 runs and taken 10 wickets for the Winchester club.
New Milton and Andover, meanwhile, look set to scrap out the last relegation place, with the odds heavily on last season’s Division One winners going straight back down.
They have a 27-point leeway to make up with six games left, the last of which is against the Green & Golds.
Consistent availability has been a problem for the Lions, with 20 different players already having gone through an ever revolving dressing room door.
Teenage Hursley Park cricketer Luke Deacon hit a career best 140 for Dorset against Wiltshire in a rain abandoned ECB Under-17 County Championship match at Trowbridge.
Deacon, who still plays his junior cricket for Compton & Chandler’s Ford, hit 16 boundaries in his knock and shared a hefty 181-run partnership with Anthony Graham (68) before Dorset reached 308-5. Wiltshire made 46-2 before play was called off.
Hampshire Under-17s escaped from Taunton with a draw after rain washed out a large chunk of the third day’s play of their ECB County Championship match against Somerset.
They had been largely outplayed by the West Country side and were 34-1 chasing an improbable last day target of 355 for victory when the rains came.
Rory Hipwell, with 3-31, was the pick of the bowlers as Somerset totalled 222 in their first knock, but only Cole Campbell (56) shone with the bat as Hampshire were dismissed for 139 in reply.
Somerset smashed 271-6 in their second innings and, with an 83-run lead, set Hampshire a mammoth 355 to win. They were 34-1 when the game was abandoned.
Hampshire’s third ECB U17 County Championship match is against Worcestershire at May’s Bounty, Basingstoke, starting on Monday, 11am.
What odds on the same three Premier Division cricketers as last season walking off with the British Gas Southern League’s main individual awards ?
Havant captain Ben Walker, left, whose 739 runs last summer secured the batting award, is again the lead batsman - Bashley Rydal left-hander Patrick Page is an overseas player and therefore ineligible – while Lymington’s Matt Metcalfe has the most wickets (28) under his belt with six games to go.
New Milton batsman/wicketkeeper Tom Arnold could retain his 2016 Golden Glove award.
Leading individual performers (* overseas player ineligible) -
ECB Premier Division
* Patrick Page (Bashley Rydal) 530, Ben Walker (Havant) 453, Harry Came (St Cross Symondians) 394, Felix Organ (Academy) 393, Ed Ellis (Lymington) 378, Scott Myers (Alton) 368, * Logan van Beek (St Cross Symondians) 362, Dom Hand (Lymington) 361, * Malcolm Lake (Lymington) 350.
Matt Metcalfe (Lymington) 28, * Brighton Mugochi (Burridge) 25, Chris Morgan (Havant) 23, Luke Evans (South Wilts) 21, Sully White (Burridge) 21, Brad Taylor (Havant) 20.
Tom Arnold (New Milton) 21, Jez Bulled (Havant) 19.
* Tom Treble (Rowledge) 486, Ryan Covey (Liphook) 420, * Fraser Hay (Portsmouth) 415, Ben Johns (Calmore Sports) 414, Dan Belcher (Basingstoke) 397, Nick Park (Bournemouth) 387, Chris Park (Bournemouth) 371, Ricky Rawlins (Sarisbury Athletic) 364, Mitchell Stokes (Basingstoke) 358.
Mark Lavelle (Calmore Sports) 25, David Griffiths (Basingstoke) 22, * Jack Rutter (Calmore Sports) 21, Dom Clutterbuck (Bournemouth) 20, Aniket Divecha (Hook & Newnham Basics) 20, Martyn James (Basingstoke) 20.
Chris Park (Bournemouth) 18, Josh Buckingham (Hook & Newnham Basics) 17.
* Henry Collier (Hartley Wintney) 470, * Mark Mbofana (Totton & Eling) 428, George Marshall (Hambledon) 389, Jerry Frith (Sparsholt) 381, Jason Laney (St Cross Symondians II) 372, Paul Hawkins (St Cross Symondians II) 369, Charlie King (OTs & Romsey) 354, * James Bills (Paultons) 353, * Saulieg Rayned (Langley Manor) 352.
Rob Pittman (South Wilts II) 25, Jerry Frith (Sparsholt) 24, * James Bills (Paultons) 19, Tommy Spencer (Langley Manor) 18, Peter Lamb (Paultons) 18.
Keith Trodd (OTs & Romsey) 15, Alex Ayres (St Cross Symondians II) 14, Jake Dunford (Sparsholt) 12.
Tom Larner (Gosport Borough) 490, * James Hortle (Waterlooville) 438, Lee Harrop (Gosport Borough) 386, Hugo Hammond (Alton II) 370, * Matt Brown (Fawley) 351, Sean Figgins (Purbrook) 330.
Jon Hudson (Waterlooville) 21, Archie Reynolds (Waterlooville) 21, Chris Chandler (Basingstoke II), 20.
Pat Lewis (Bashley Rydal II) 18, Kieron Earl (Fawley) 16.
Sarisbury Athletic cricket captain Matt Journeaux, left, is preparing for an Arabian Adventure which will see him take up a sports teaching appointment in Dubai for the next two years.
A prominent all-rounder, he will step down as Sarisbury captain after the home match with Hook & Newnham Basics on August 12 – by which time he hopes the club will be safe from relegation.
Journeaux’s magic carpet ride will take him to the Safa Community School, which is located five minutes from Dubai Sports City.
“They follow the UK curriculum and, you might imagine, the sports facilities seem second to none, with an outdoor swimming pool, as well as a six-lane athletics track,” he smiled.
Educated locally at St Mary’s, Bitterne (he was in the same year group as AFC Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman) and then Barton Peveril College, Journeaux explained he had been eyeing a teaching career in the Emirates for some time.
“I’ve been looking for a few years at going to Dubai and travel a bit.
“I have friends who have been in the UAE for five years now and love it.
“I went to visit them in February and realised it's definitely somewhere I could fit in. The tax free lifestyle and having accommodation thrown in was a major plus too !
“My teaching contract is for a minimum of two years and I’ll have to see how things are going after that.”
The Emirates is a thriving cricket region, but Journeaux, 30, says he has no intention to unpack his whites and play cricket there straight away.
“I’m actually looking forward to a bit of time out, getting rid of a few niggles I have and then come back for the second half of the 2018 season and help Sarisbury win the league.
“I should get six or seven games in during July and August,” he adds.
Journeaux, who leads from the front with both bat and ball at Sarisbury Athletic, certainly has some fond memories of his time at the club.
“I joined Sarisbury as a ten year old in 1996 when the late Ray Hammond was colts coordinator,” he recalled.
“I have very successful junior age group memories both indoors and out.
“I think as U13s, we made the ECB national quarter finals with the likes of Pete Hammond, James Ingram and Andy Evans also in the side.”
He made his first team debut as a 15-year old against Calmore Sports in 2002 and hit an unbeaten double century the following season.
“I was made captain in 2004, aged 17, which didn’t prove a great idea.
“We made our way through the leagues at quite a pace, winning County Division 1 before celebrating more successes in the Premier League.
“We twice won the Division One title in three seasons (2012 and 2014) then, after we’d spent £60,000 on ground improvements at Allotment Road, got into the top ECB division, where we also made it through to a T20 final at the Ageas Bowl.
“It was a momentous achievement for a club of our size.”
So too was twice lifting the national indoor sixes title at Lord’s.
“We made three Lord’s finals in four years and became national indoor champions on the last two occasions – again memories to treasure.
“We lost there, rather controversially, to a hand picked South Wales team the first time, but won it in 2015 and again this year. We weren’t expected to win it, so it meant more to us,” he said.
Journeaux has just spent his last week teaching at Parkfield School (Bournemouth), which he joined after stints at Crestwood College and Hounsdown School, near Totton.
He will play another three Premier Division 1 matches for Sarisbury Athletic before jetting off on his magic carpet ride to the Emirates.
“We’re in the mid-table of a very competitive league, where all the sides are capable of beating one another, as the results have shown all summer,” he said.
“We’re 30 points clear of the relegation zone, but if we can beat Rowledge this Saturday we’ll be well clear.
There’s still a lot of cricket to be played yet and I’m anxious Sarisbury Athletic are safe by the time I go.”
Ricky Rawlins is expected to step into Journeaux’s captaincy role in mid-August.
South Wilts will be laying out the red carpet for a jubilant England Over-60s cricket team, fresh from their two-match “Ashes” victory over their Australian counterparts, at Bemerton on Friday, 11am.
The local Premier League club hosts the third and final Over-Sixties ‘Ashes’ International one-day match, with England already 2-0 up in the Series.
After the 50-over match, the England team will be presented with a replica of the Ashes urn on account of having beaten the ‘old enemy’ at both Blackpool and last weekend Kidderminster.
Basingstoke & North Hants all-rounder Keith Harsham will be in the England team, having scored the winning runs and taken a wicket in each of the two previous games.
Admission to the ODI is free and ample car parking is available at the Wilton Road ground, where refreshments will be on sale throughout the day.
Promising South Wilts teenager Henry Smith, pictured, celebrates his maiden century for Wiltshire, who beat Berkshire by 20 runs in the ECB Under-17 County Championship at Falkland.
The 17-year old from Fovant hit 112 and glued the Wiltshire innings together after a batting collapse saw a promising 117-0 evaporate.
He faced 258 balls and hit ten fours – Smith’s late stand with South Wilts team-mate James Wade, with a maiden 52, helping Wiltshire post 342 all out.
Wade’s sibling brother Edward, bowling his leg breaks, took 3-44 as Berkshire, threatening at 227-4, were dismissed for 322.
Reflecting on Smith’s century, Wiltshire Under-17 coach Rob Wade said : “Henry bats very calmly and methodically. He knows his limitations and plays within them.
“I knew he’d be perfect for a two-day game. I needed someone to bat all day and if all others could chip in we would have a decent score. Then we'd just have to bowl them out. It worked.”
Martin James wrecked Weybridge with a stunning seven wicket mid-innings spell to set up a victory for Basingstoke & North Hants in the opening ‘white ball’ challenge match at May’s Bounty.
The Surrey Championship side got off to a 59-run flier through Jordan McKinlay (34) and Harry Samuels (25), but once the openers were parted Weybridge suffered an amazing collapse.
Samuels and McKinlay both departed at 59 as James, nipping the ball about off the damp pitch, began to tear the innings to shreds.
Weybridge lost a third at 63, four more wickets with the score on 70 and by the end of James’s stint, were reeling at 77-8.
The Basingstoke all-rounder finished with figures of 7-30 off eight overs, stand-in gloveman Chris Jolly claiming four victims.
Tailender James Cunningham (28) lifted Weybridge to 104 all out, David Griffiths (2-18) taking the last two wickets.
Joe Belcher (27) and Ethan Hawkes gave Basingstoke a sound start.
The reply suffered a wobble at 42-3, but Jolly smacked two sixes in a quick fire 40 not out off 25 balls to give Basingstoke a six-wicket win – just as the rains came !
Basingstoke's next ‘white ball’ challenge match is against Finchampstead at May’s Bounty on Sunday week (August 6), 1pm.
An eight-wicket return by Academy prospect Scott Currie, pictured, was the high-spot of Hampshire’s rain affected drawn match against Devon in the ECB Under-17 County Championships at Totton & Eling.
The Poole based right-arm seamer took 4-45 in Devon’s first innings total of 301 and 4-40 in the second.
Replying to Devon’s 301, Hampshire were pulled out of the mire at 96-6 by Will Carr (42) and Zac Organ (40) and made 205-9 declared.
Devon (165-9) stretched their lead, leaving Hampshire to score 261. They reached 61-2, with Cole Campbell 24 not out.
Hampshire play Somerset in a three-day ECB match at Taunton Vale starting on Monday , 11am.
Hampshire: Miles Kantolinna, George Metzger, Cole Campbell, Fletcha Middleton, Harry Gadd, Tom South, Patrick Holly, Scott Currie, Zac Organ, Chris Searle, Rory Hipwell, Jack Campbell.
Today's 12th round of matches in the ECB British Gas Southern Premier and Hampshire Leagues have been completely wiped out by heavy overnight rain which waterlogged grounds across the county.
All 20 scheduled Premier League games were called off by lunchtime and most, if not all, the HL programme was cancelled. It is the first time this season the elements have struck.
With league positions based on a points per match average, South Wilts take a 15-point lead into next weekend's final ninth week of Time pennant games.
They visit the Hampshire Academy, while Lymington can pick up their first team prize since the inception of the Premier League in 2000 by winning the Time flag (they have won five of their seven all-day games and drawn one) when they host New Milton.
The widespread washout means Basingstoke & North Hants and Calmore Sports continue to share top spot in Division 1, with 175 points each. Third placed Bournemouth are nine points behind, with Rowledge and Tichborne Park cast adrift at the bottom.
Totton & Eling are 20 points clear of OTs & Romsey in SPL2, with in-form St Cross Symondians II 11 points behind. Hambledon are locked at the bottom.
Basingstoke & North Hants II lead Waterlooville by 15 points at the top of Division 3, where Bashley (Rydal) II look to be the only other promotion contenders.
At the bottom, meanwhile, Hursley Park, Alton II, Fair Oak and Fawley go into the last six weeks of the season fighting for survival. Two go down, with Portsmouth & Southsea currently topping Hampshire League County Division 1.
BASHLEY Rydal) and Lymington will be looking to frank their title credentials when they duel for the New Forest bragging rights today (11am).
Second-placed Lymington, whose last win against Bashley in the British Gas Southern Premier League came in July 2011, arrive at the BCG on the back of a crushing Dom Hand inspired 181-run victory over Alton seven days ago.
Bashley, meanwhile, have slipped to fourth after suffering successive defeats at the hands of Burridge and Havant, having been skittled for just 97 and 106, respectively.
The reverse fixture in May saw Ed Ellis finish on the losing side despite cracking a second consecutive century for Lymington against Bashley.
His efforts were eclipsed by those of South Australian Pat Page, whose sparkling 115 guided Bashley to a comfortable six-wicket victory.
With leaders South Wilts on a five-match winning run, both Bashley and Lymington will be desperate for the points in order to maintain their respective challenges.
Victory for Lymington would also see them steal a march in the race for the Time pennant – with Bashley the recipients of the award last season.
Hand will go into the Kings of the Forest derby confident after his maiden Premier Division century in Lymington’s win over Alton, who go to South Wilts today.
His 106 wasn’t his first Southern League century – he made 116 against Basingstoke & North Hants II in an SPL3 match in 2015, when he went on to make first team scores of 86 against Burridge and 90 against Alton.
Hand has been consistent in support roles this season, with a solitary 55 against Burridge and four 40-plus scores prior to last weekend’s hundred.
Leaders South Wilts look to exploit Alton’s batting frailties and strengthen their position at the top of the ECB British Gas Southern Premier League when the Brewers visit Bemerton, 11am.
Whereas South Wilts are in a purple patch after four straight Time pennant wins, Alton look to put their batting card back together after a disastrous collapse at Lymington last week.
They lost their last six wickets for seven runs – and the match by a staggering 181 runs !
But South Wilts skipper is warning his table topping side about over-complacency.
“Havant are the side we always have the big battles against, but Alton are competitive and, over the years, have beaten us a few times,” he warned.
In-form left-hand opener Tom Cowley, pictured repainting the creases, misses the match due to work commitments at the Ageas Bowl, so South Wilts call on the experience of Joe Cranch.
Also absent is left-hand spin all-rounder Sam Arnold, who produced two encouraging performances after he came back from Loughborough University.
“Sam wrenched his knee in a fun kick-about with his mates and is awaiting the result of a scan,” Hibberd added.
“It’s a great pity because he was looking good with the bat and gave us a handy spin option.
Alton elevated England Physical Disability batsman Hugo Hammond to their team after his second team century last weekend.
South Wilts: Wade, Mynott, Holland, Cranch, Draper, Hayward, Hibberd, Evans, Murray, Warner, Richards.
Alton: Gonella, Janmohamed, Harris, S Myers, Hammond, Mike Heffernan, Mark Heffernan, J Myers, Jamison, Mortimer, Ballinger.
Southampton Solent University all-rounder Matt Stokes is sidelined for the foreseeable future after dislocating his finger dropping a slip catch against the Hampshire Academy last weekend.
But St Cross Symondians are able to call up Hampshire’s Jimmy Adams and Marlborough College captain Billy Mead for the visit of Burridge to the Green Jackets Ground.
Mead will be available for the remainder of the season, apart from August 12 when he will captain Marlborough for the last time against Rugby .. at Lord’s !
St Cross Symondians: T Foyle, Adams, Weatherly, Van Beek, Came, Mead, Hart, Hadfield, Bransgrove, Ayers, Aldridge, Ingram.
With Matt Hooper away at a wedding, Glyn Treagus assumes the Andover captaincy role against the Hampshire Academy at London Road.
The Academy have rested several players after this week’s ESCA Bunbury Festival and EPP cricket, among them left-armer Jack Campbell.
Andover: Treagus, Arnold, Blackburn, Carr, Karunatatne, Romer-Lee, Knight, Roberts, Veetil, Adams, Foy
Academy: F Organ, Kantolinna, Scriven, Sole, C Campbell, Middleton, Holly, Searle, Hipwell, Z Organ, Freeston.
Opening bowler Richard Jerry, who has been playing for Hampshire seconds this week, is unavailable for third-placed Havant’s visit to New Milton, so Peter Hopson slots in.
Havant: Walker, Ransley, Hindley, Stone, Morgan, Gorvin, Hopson, Taylor, Matthews, Prentice, Bulled.
Totton & Eling aim to keep their 20-point lead at the top of British Gas Southern League Division 2 intact with a weakened side against Sparsholt at Southern Gardens.
Skipper Mark Mbofana must make do without James and Ethan Taylor, Oli Perrin and Southern Vipers starlet Katie George.
Totton & Eling: Mbofana, Clouting, Bracey, Collier, Geyle, Lockey, Sharma, Gee, Mellett, Scurr, Clayton.
Sparsholt: Frith, Haworth, Banks, Dunford, Foster, Kennett, Worth, Doubell, Whiting, Weir, Mitchell.
OTs & Romsey, beaten by Totton last weekend, face a tricky away match at Langley Manor, but St Cross Symondians II are coming up hard on the rails and are within a win of second place.
Former Hampshire opener Jason Laney has rattled off four successive 50-plus scores and looks for a fifth on the trot at Trojans.
St Cross Symondians II: Mitchell, Laney, Hawkins, Haworth, Orchard, Ayers, Foyle H, Clegg, Trussler, Whitman, Aldridge.
South Wilts II chase a fourth successive win at Hartley Wintney and are boosted by Tom Cowley’s unexpected availability, alongside teenager Henry Smith, who made a maiden century for Wiltshire Under-17s in midweek.
South Wilts II: Cowley, Smith, Hansford, R Pittman, Pearce, S Pittman, Kidd, Lloyd, Marc Burton, Bolam, Matt Burton.
Calmore Sports look to put last weekend’s catastrophic batting collapse against Basingstoke & North Hants firmly behind them when they visit British Gas Southern League Division 1 strugglers Liphook & Ripsley.
They lost their first nine wickets for only 25 runs before a Dom Ducillier led recovery took them to 110 all out, but a subsequent seven-wicket defeat by the Bountymen.
All-rounder Paul Proudley returns against Liphook, who have tumbled down the table after three straight defeats, despite making 200-plus totals each time.
Calmore Sports: Lavelle, Cook, Johns, Manning, Rutter, Taylor, Proudley, Rose, West, Croft, Ducillier.
Basingstoke, who share the SPL1 leadership with Calmore on 175 points, are without several front line players for the visit of Sarisbury Athletic to May’s Bounty.
Seventeen-year old spin all-rounder Matt Deadman makes his debut, while Sarisbury’s line-up includes one-time Lymington and Totton & Eling left-hander Damian Shirazi, now cricket coach at Dulwich College.
Basingstoke: Stokes, Belcher, Froud, Deadman, Griffiths, Oates, James, Connor, Metzger, Thankachan, Mathew.
Sarisbury Athletic: Journeaux, Rawlins, Floyd, Shirazi, Mills, J Hill, Sanders, Wright, Lovett, S Hill, Jewell.
The Premier League’s disciplinary gurus will have a watchful eye on events at the King George V Ground, where Hook & Newnham Basics host Bournemouth in a key fourth v third affair.
After the teams met at Chapel Gate in May, four players – three from Hook – were banned !
Ventnor skipper Rob Snell isn’t shying away from the significance of the islanders’ visit to Rowledge – the two sides both being in the bottom four.
“We’re 28 points clear of the danger zone at the moment, but that can change very quickly,” Snell warns.
“We can’t afford to lose to Rowledge, who have already beaten Basingstoke at their place this season.”
Rowledge are bolstered by fit again all-rounder Simon Plater.
Rowledge: B Wish, J Wish, Keeley, C Yates Snr, Treble, Lloyd, Morant, Randall, Metcalfe, Plater, Marshall.
Ventnor: Snell, Cheek, Van Greunen, Herridge, Westhorpe, Corbin, Calloway, Woodhouse, Wilson, Cox, Zeph Wells.
The Basingstoke-based Guy Jewell T20 knockout competition is reaching its climax, with 2016 winners Hartley Wintney set to defend their trophy against East Woodhay in the quarter-finals on Thursday evening July 27.
Proviced they beat AWRE, Basingstoke & North Hants will play Rotherfield Park and all their Alton players (August 3), with Odiham & Greywell meeting Yateley two days later. Hook & Newnham Basics face Old Basing in the last quarter-final on August 10.
May's Bounty hosts all the Guy Jewell Cup matches, including the final on Bank Holiday Sunday August 27.
Basingstoke & North Hants are about to experience their first taste of ‘white ball’ competitive Sunday cricket with Weybridge visiting May’s Bounty on Sunday (1.30) for the first of four Challenge matches.
The Bountymen will wear their familiar blue and gold pyjama kit and play against black sightscreens in a series of Sunday afternoon games which will see Finchampstead, Richmond and Falkland also visit the Bounty in the coming weeks.
Organiser David Price explained: “We are working to try to bring back some more competitive Sunday cricket and we’ve lined up a series of attractive games, which we hope the players and local spectators will support.”
To ensure there’s a competitive edge to the 45-over games, a £250 cricket equipment voucher will be awarded to each winning team.
Basingstoke captain Mitchell Stokes is hoping all his current first team squad, excluding the globe trotting Will Phillips, will make themselves available.
“We are looking for promotion into Premier Division and, if that’s achieved, we will be playing white ball cricket on a regular basis next summer, so it’s important we familiarise ourselves with it,” he said.
“David has lined up a series of attractive matches for four of the next five Sundays, so let’s hope everyone supports the venture.”
Basingstoke & North Hants all-rounder Keith Harsham hit the winning runs as England’s cricketing Vets went one-up in their three-match ‘Ashes’ Sixties Series against Australia at Blackpool.
Harsham came to the crease with England needing three runs to overhaul Australia’s 191 all out and coolly got the runs off the fifth ball he received.
England chased the target down with two wickets left but with only three balls to spare.
Harsham, who has been with Basingstoke since their Home Counties Premier League days, was selected for the England 60s squad after impressing selectors during the pre-season International tournament in Cape Town and his recent performances for Hampshire Seniors.
He is in the England squad for Saturday’s second ODI in Kidderminster and the third and final match of the series at South Wilts’ Bemerton ground on Friday week, July 28.
Hampshire’s England T20 leg spinner Mason Crane hit 65 and took two wickets during an 18-over spell, but was unable to force a victory for the Hampshire Academy against St Cross Symondians, who were forced to play with ten men after Matt Stokes was hospitalised with a dislocated left index finger in the first over of the match.
St Cross comfortably played out time for a draw at 224-6 after the Academy had posted a daunting 335-4.
Teenage duo Cole Campbell and Tom Scriven each hit 80 for the Academy, with Kent loan man Joe Weatherley responding with 86 for the Winchester visitors.
St Cross found themselves fighting an uphill battle from the start, with Stokes shelling one of the side’s three morning bungled slip catches off unlucky Dutch all-rounder Logan Van Beek.
He returned from casualty with his finger in a splint and two stitches inserted in a gash.
The Southampton Solent University student, who had helped Guernsey beat Denmark last week, could miss the remainder of the season.
Academy openers Miles Kantolinna (22) and Felix Organ (37) led a charmed life before both fell to catches off Asher Hart (2-50).
By then, the Academy – facing ten-man fielding opposition - were headed towards a decent total.
Tom Scriven (80) and Crane (65), enjoying his first knock since May, shared a 117-run stand.
Hampton School prospect Cole Campbell enhanced his prospects of an Academy deal with an unbeaten 80, while ESCA Bunbury Under-15 Festival bound Fletcha Middleton chipped in with 38 not out as the Academy reached 335-4 in 63.5 overs.
Predictably, Weatherley led the St Cross response, his 86 including one straight six back over Crane’s head and 13 boundaries.
Tom Foyle (25) and Van Beek (29) played handy support roles as St Cross progressed to 137-1 before promising left-armer Jack Campbell (4-71) prompted a mini-wobble which saw four wickets fall for 21 runs.
Less than 12 hours after his 3-15 return steered Hampshire to a NatWest T20- Blast victory over Middlesex, Crane (2-46) wheeled away for 18 overs.
But with Scotsman Chris Sole and Scriven nursing injuries, the Academy found themselves short of bowling options and Harry Foyle (27 not out) was able to navigate the last hour and secure St Cross a draw at 224-6.
DOM Hand cracked his maiden British Gas Southern Premier League century – and Matt Metcalfe his 23rd five-wicket haul – as Lymington reaffirmed their title credentials with a crushing 181-run victory over Alton.
Hand shared a boundary-strewn second-wicket stand of 90 with Ryan Scott (58) and put on 110 for the third wicket with Richie Lock (51) as Lymington piled up 303 for five declared.
Wimborne St Giles-raised Hand (105) was not to be denied his first ton, having previously fallen agonizingly short of reaching three figures on a number of occasions.
Metcalfe, last season’s top wicket-taker in the Premier Division, then took his career total in the competition to 466 as Alton were shot out for just 122 (Abeed Janmohamed 37).
Lock had Scott Myers caught by Simon Beetham to spark a major collapse which saw Alton lose their last six wickets for just seven runs – with the final four going down with the score on 122.
The exploits of Metcalfe (7-46) and Lock (3-12) helped Lymington claim maximum points, while Hand added to his batting heroics with a superb catch in the slips to account for Mark Heffernan. Neil Perrett [Bournemouth Echo]
Hampshire all-rounder Ian Holland hit a century as South Wilts tightened their grip on the ECB British Gas Southern Premier League leadership race with a 72-run win over basement side Andover at London Road.
They take a 15-point lead at the top into Saturday’s visit of Alton to Wilton Road, 11am.
Holland (pictured by Roy Honeybone) scored 103 but, having featured in a 94-run third-wicket partnership with Tom Cowley (50), had to glue the South Wilts innings together as spin duo Glyn Treagus (3-29) and Matt Hooper (2-47) began to create inroads.
South Wilts lost three wickets for 22 runs at one stage and when Holland eventually fell at 205-8, Steve Warner (19) and Ryan Murray added vital late runs to hoist the visitors’ total to 237.
Murray’s three-wicket new-ball spell had Andover on the ropes at 44-4, after which Sri lankan all-rounder Chimaka Karunarakne fought a virtual lone battle.
Previously restricted to bowling only overs due to a leg injury, hit struck an unbeaten 61.
Jack Mynott and Luke Evans chipped away at the other end as Andover gradually subsided to 165 all out.
* South Wilts are worried that promising left-hand spin all-rounder Sam Arnold could miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in a leisure-time ‘kick about’ with his mates.
The Loughborough University student, who has made quite an impact at South Wilts since his return, was due to have a scan on his injured knee this week.
Bashley (Rydal) found themselves caught on Havant’s notoriously spin-friendly surface, bowled out for 106 and soundly beaten by six wickets by the defending ECB British Gas Southern Premier League champions.
Josh Digby and previously free-scoring South Australian Patrick page perished to the seamers, but after that Havant’s four-pronged spin attack ruled the roost.
Only make-shift opener Sam Thomson survived as Bashley crashed to 61-7 by lunch – left-arm spinner Chris Morgan, left, (4-24) getting lift and considerable turn.
Thomson batted all bar one run of the Bashley innings and was ninth man to depart for 56 after a gutsy 155-ball stay at the crease.
His 44-run partnership with Simon Watkins (14) at least took Bashley’s score into treble figures.
Havant didn’t make the best of starts and were quickly 30-3, but Bashley’s own spinners were not as potent as their hosts.
Chris Stone, with a match winning 54 not out, and Richard Hindley (18) rode out the storm and guided the champions to a six-wicket win.
* The Southern Premier League's Grounds inspectors visited Havant Park this week.
HOOK and Newnham Basics lie fourth in a tight British Gas Southern League Division One promotion scrap after a thrilling three-wicket victory at Liphook and Ripsley, secured with three balls to spare.
They now have 157 points and are 18 adrift of Basingstoke & North Hants and Calmore Sports, who share top spot with 175 points from 11 games.
Liphook lost Rob Nicklin cheaply, but recovered as Ryan Covey (54) and Gabriel Broadhurst (39) added 78 for the second wicket, before the teenager and Suman Ganguly (22 from 28 balls) moved the total to 124.
The prized wicket of hard hitting all-rounder Ganguly was taken by a smart caught and bowled from left-armer Rhodes Franklin (3-40) after which wickets started to fall and Liphook slipped to 148-6. It was left to Grant Rouse (50) with a half century from 54 balls, which included three fours and to sixes, to help them to a score of 236-9.
Hook suffered the early loss of Josh Buckingham (6), but skipper Ben Thane (67) and Matt Love (33) built a platform. When Love was the second man the score had reached 83 and then Matt Buckingham (24) along with Thane took the total to 136.
The Hook captain was the fourth man out, making it 161-4, but from there his side dug in, as Nick Willcock (24), Kieran Thomson (12) and Richard Willcock (17) kept the scoreboard ticking over. Franklin (24 not out) and Anik Divecha saw the visitors over the line.
Third placed Bournemouth, who visit the KGV this Saturday, were indebted to Jake Hurley (38) for bailing them out of difficulty at 110-6 (Nick Park 27) against Portsmouth at Chapel Gate.
Teenage spinner Ethan Randell (4-32) had put them in a spot of trouble before Hurley (38) bailed them out and help post a winning 183-8.
Left-arm seamer Simon Woodruff took 4-43 as Portsmouth were dismissed for 158, Hampshire prospect Fraser Hay 42 top scoring in their 25-run defeat.