New Zealander Michael Pollard’s splendid 99 proved in vain as St Cross Symondians fell to a 49-run defeat by third-placed Bashley (Rydal) at the Green Jackets ground.
The Wellington batsman held the innings together as St Cross, chasing Bashley’s 237-8, sank to 119-7.
But when overdue lower-order support came from Adam Rouse (23) and Richard Taylor (31), Pollard threatened to steer St Cross to an improbable victory.
He hit 11 boundaries, taking his run tally for the season past the 500-mark before being superbly stumped down the leg-side by Chris Ridley to give South Australia’s Tom Andrews (3-22) his 44th and final victim of the season.
Andrews returns to Adelaide this week to begin pre-season training with the Redbacks.
Pollard’s dismissal at 186-8 ended any prospect of a St Cross victory.
Two runs later they were 188 all out – with five of their 50 overs unused.
But while Andrews would probably have gone off with any man-of-the-match award, Jake Lilley was the St Cross nemesis.
He ripped out the St Cross top three – two in his first over – and then cleaned up the tail to finish with 5-16, his best Premier Division haul.
Bashley’s 237-8 had been built around half-centuries by Michael Porter (59) – his first fifty of the season – and the departing Andrews (58), whose own knock solidified the middle-order.
Chris Ridley hit an unbeaten 39 for Bashley, while Channel Islander Matt Stokes took 3-27 for St Cross Symondians.
There was better news for St Cross Symondians’ second and third teams, whose respective victories probably ended any relegation fears.
St Cross II put a serious dent in Waterlooville’s Premier Division 3 title chances when they won by a thumping 121-run margin at Rowlands Avenue.
Their best win of the summer came on the back of a steady batting performance, underpinned by Robbie Hadfield’s 61 and handy contributions down the line from Lewis Mitchard (24), James Brooke (27), Alan Witman (20) and Simon Culmer, with a lively 34 not out.
Baked in the field for three hours, the Ville collapsed from 44-0, initially against Steve Mitchell (3-27) and latterly the wily Whitman, who took 5-20 to seal an impressive victory.
St Cross thirds were always on for a winner when Ventnor II arrived at the Green Jackets with nine men and, lacking numerical strength in the field, the islanders’ 206 all out (Ross Whyte 63) was never likely to be enough.