Lord’s Village Cup finalists Liphook & Ripsley are eager to make an early start to this season’s campaign with an away friendly match on Saturday April 13. Any club able to accommodate Liphook should contact Charles Janczur [07792 418178] at firstname.lastname@example.org
A host of former International cricketers will be on show on Southampton Waterside on Friday 9 August when the Lashings World XI plays Fawley in a T20 Challenge match at the Holbury Sports Ground.
Among the players in the Lashings squad are West Indies duo Tino Best and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ireland’s Niall O’Brien, Pakistan internationals Saqlain Mustaq, Abdul Razzaq and Yassir Arafat, former England cricketers Nick Compton, Chris Lewis, Devon Malcolm and Jack Richards, and South Africa left-armer Charl Willoughby.
It’s a huge undertaking for Fawley CC, who are looking to attract a main sponsor for the event.
Captain Callum Earl says: “The tables for the day are already selling well, but we really do need a main sponsor. If anyone knows a company that might like to support us, please let me know [email@example.com].”
“The day will start with the Lashings players arriving at 10am to do a couple of hours coaching with our juniors. Details of the sessions will be available nearer the time.”
The main event will start from 12.30pm when up to 300 guests will be joined by the Lashings players and guest speaker Henry Blofeld for a 3 course lunch.
The event will take place in a marquee on the Club field. The caterers are local with many years experience of putting on large events.
During the lunch there will be opportunities to bid for auction items, take part in games, all hosted by the Lashing ex-international cricket players.
Once the meal is over the T20 game will take place with Fawley taking on the Lashings World XI, with Henry Blofeld providing live commentary.
Earl added: “We would love to discuss any potential sponsorship interest further and provide details around the packages on offer, to anyone interested.”
Advance tickets are now on sale from the Ageas Bowl for Hampshire’s attractive four-day County Championship match against Stuart Broad’s Nottinghamshire, which begins at Newclose, on the outskirts of Newport, on Monday 20 May 2019.
A free shuttle bus service from the Red Jet terminal at West Cowes to the cricket is among the many incentives for mainland supporters keen on making the trip to what will be the Isle of Wight’s first County Championship match in 57 years.
Over 1,000 seats will be available at the ground, with plenty of refreshment facilities and licensed bars.
The ticket link is www.eticketing.co.uk/ageasbowl/EDP/Event/Index/850. Details are –
Advanced Ticket Prices
Adult 4-Day Passport: £48
Concession 4-Day Passport: £33
Showcase Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 U17): £37
On the Day Ticket Prices
Showcase Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 U17): £47
For Isle of Wight residents, Newclose County Cricket Ground is offering a new style of membership - Newclose COUNTY membership – which for a price of £60 per annum includes a range of new benefits including free admission to each day of the four day County Championship match. Membership price for concessions at £48 & under 17’s at £24.
For full details please email Newclose Trustee, Hugh Griffiths firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re interested in joining the Newclose team as a match or pre-match volunteer, Hugh is also the person to contact.
Hampshire supporters crossing off the days before the start of the new cricket season don't have too long to wait now !
There's a two-day friendly match against Middlesex at the Ageas Bowl starting on Thursday March 21 (10.30) - admission free - and for those who fancy a spot of fresh sea air, another warm-up (excuse the pun) against Sussex at Hove, starting on Monday 25 March 2019.
The three-day friendly against Oxford University at the Parks on Sunday March 31 coincides with the start of British Summer Time (shorts and t-shirts then ?).
The County Championship season begins against 2017 champions and last year's runners-up Essex at the Ageas Bowl on Friday April 5, 11am.
Lymington's Ryan Scott is packing his bags in readiness for his return flight to England after helping his adopted Australian side Norwood to the elimination finals of the Ringwood & District sub-district competition.
Scott made three 50-plus scores in six knocks in the second half of the season, completing his Australian summer with 474 runs and eight wickets.
Already back in Blighty are Calmore Sports left-hander and Jack Bransgrove, the St Cross Symondians all-rounder, who enjoyed successful stints with Brighton on the south-western side of Melbourne.
Johns, with back-to-back scores of 105 and 90 last month, chalked up 524 runs - and took a wicket - while Bransgrove's season included 17 'poles' and 237 runs, often made rather quickly !
South Wilts duo Ben Draper and Luke Evans are back at Bemerton after spending the winter with another Melbourne club, Parkdale.
South Wilts will play Grasshoppers, from Shropshire, in the ECB national indoor sixes championship semi-finals at Lord's on Sunday March 31.
Grasshoppers beat North East Premier League side Tynemouth and Lincolnshire's Cherry Willingham in the northern play-offs at Old Trafford to book their trip to the home of cricket.
In other semi-final, starting at 11am, hot favourites Canterbury face Neyland, from Pembrokeshire.
Full report later.
South Wilts will have their eyes fixed on the outcome of today's northern ECB indoor cricket sixes championships at Old Trafford - because they have been paired against the winners in the Lord's finals on Sunday March 31.
Four clubs came from far and wide to play in Lancashire's plush indoor centre, with Shropshire champions Grasshoppers beating North East Premier League side Tynemouth (90) by four wickets, followed by a second semi-final in which Sheffield-based Hallam were dismissed for 71, Lincolnshire side Cherry Willingham having posted 86-3.
The eventual Old Trafford winners - either Grasshoppers or Cherry Willingham - will take on South Wilts in the second semi-final at Lords, after the curtain raiser between strongly fancied Canterbury (who knocked out Sparsholt) and Pembrokeshire side Neyland, who are in London for a third time in recent seasons.
South Wilts will be making their Lord's debuts, having beaten Cheltenham Civil Service and Exeter University in the Taunton play-offs.
It can be a small world at times – none more so than in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs this past two months when Hampshire’s Joe Weatherley linked up with Ringwood, the Victoria Premier League Grade club, whose batting coach is former Havant all-rounder Len Hayes-Rosario (right above).
Len, who spent three seasons with Havant back in the Seventies, was full of praise for the 22-year old St Cross Symondians raised opening batsman, about whom he said “was a great pleasure” to have at Ringwood for the second half of the season.
Weatherley, who struck maiden centuries in both List A (Kent, Royal London Cup) and County Championship (Lancashire) cricket last summer, would have spent the entire winter playing alongside Hampshire teammate Ian Holland with Ringwood, but for visa problems.
Hayes-Rosario, a prominent early order batsman and medium-pace swing bowler in his playing days, spoke warmly of Weatherley’s professional attitude at Ringwood.
He explained: “I am the club's specialist batting coach and work with the players on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Joe always seemed to get his pads on first and get across to me in before anyone else.
“He seemed to get a lot out of it and I enjoyed working with him. He has a lot of talent and I hope he does well for Hampshire this summer.
“He fitted in well with the club and had his best performance of 40 with the bat during his last game. I am sure he would have scored a lot of runs if he had played the full season.”
Down Memory Lane
Weatherley’s presence in Melbourne (where he took in the Australian Open tennis and a host of BBL matches) sent Len Hayes-Rosario on a trip down memory lane of his own cricketing times abroad, at Havant.
“It is hard to believe that it is over 30 years ago. I first played for Havant during season 1984 and then followed up in 1985. I then returned in 1989 as part of a world trip which took in America, Europe and Asia,” he said.
“I have kept a scrap book of my first season with Havant in 1984. I took a photo of every cricket ground I played on (about 60 games) and kept all the newspaper articles about the matches. I recall going to the West Country with the Hants & Sussex Borderers, several of those guys still playing for the Hampshire Seniors’ teams in 60s and 70s cricket.”
Weatherley left Melbourne in a hurry. Within hours of finishing his farewell speech at Ringwood’s President’s Lunch, he was on his way to the airport and a flight home.
“He was due to land in the early hours and almost immediately jet off to Tenerife for Hampshire’s pre-season training trip,” Hayes-Rosario concluded.
He made it. And slept well that night !
Job Vacancy: Schools Cricket Activator
Do you want to inspire children and teachers to get involved with cricket?
Do you love sport?
Do you want to be part of an exciting national cricket programme?
2 x Positions - 1x 20 hours per week and 1 x 28 hours per week
Salary: £18,000 per annum (pro rata) + expenses
Contract: Fixed Term, March – July 2019
Location: Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding areas)
In 2017, the ECB launched All Stars Cricket, a brand-new programme aimed at providing 5-8 year olds with a great first experience of the game. The first 2 years have been hugely successful, with over 2,200 children taking part in the programme across 60 centres in Hampshire in 2018. This success has been largely due to engaging more children and teachers in our expanding Chance to Shine programme in primary schools.
We're looking to recruit 2 enthusiastic individuals with a passion for children’s sport and cricket to work as part of Hampshire Cricket Board’s coaching team. The roles are central to the success of both programmes, with the responsibility of engaging young people, parents and teachers in and around Southampton and Portsmouth.
For further information download the job description. To apply please complete an application form and send to James Hibberd, Schools Engagement Manager by 5.00pm on Friday 15th March 2019.
If you would like to discuss the position contact James Hibberd – 07768 552627.
Closing date: 15th March 2019
Interview date: week commencing 18th March 2019
Practical coaching assessment: week commencing 25th March 2019
There are still a few places left on Scoring and Umpire courses later this month. The courses cost £30 and will last all day.
The Scoring course is at May's Bounty [Basingstoke & North Hants] on Sunday 17 March. Places can be booked from the ECBACO using the following link : http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/w6qlzv
The Umpire course will be at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday 24 March. The link to book this course is http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/0bq48v.
Anyone requiring further information can email the County Education officer at email@example.com
Ventnor's ECB Royal London national club championship first round tie against Chichester Priory Park on Sunday April 28 has been switched to the island club's unique Steephill bowl.
It was due to have been played at Goodwood House, where Chichester have established base, but the picturesque West Sussex ground, situated within a six-hit of the famous race course, is unavailable.
The cup tie will launch a good weekend of cricket for island enthusiasts with Hampshire playing Middlesex in Second XI Championship and 50-over cup ties between the Monday and Thursday that week.
South Wilts are through to the ECB national indoor sixes finals at Lord’s for the first time.
They beat Cheltenham Civil Service and Exeter University to win the south-west regional play-offs at Taunton.
They now go through to the national finals at Lord’s on Sunday March 31 alongside Canterbury, Welsh champions Neyland and the winners of this weekend’s northern indoor finals at Old Trafford.
Rob Pittman, with an unbeaten 33, led the way as South Wilts chased down a Cheltenham Civil Service target score of 127-5 with two balls to spare. Will Harries (27) and Tom Pearce (26) were also unbeaten.
South Wilts made short work of Exeter University in a one-sided regional final, Tom Cowley the unlikely bowling hero with a 3-13 return as the West Country students were skittled for 47.
Pearce, with another unbeaten 26, guided South Wilts to victory – and to a place in the Lord’s finals.
Bashley (Rydal) fancied their chances of locking horns with South Wilts in the Taunton final after Exeter University only managed a modest 92-4 against them.
But Bashley’s batsmen, undone by swing, failed to come to the party and they managed only 80-5 in reply, losing by 12 runs.
Exeter’s total owed much to Bath’s Ben Wells, whose unbeaten 44 steadied the ship after Phil Morris had taken 2-13 and both Jake Lilley and Michael Porter, with his under-used leg spin, had bowled tidy three-over spells.
Then Eastbourne all-rounder Ben Twine (2-30) took centre stage, removing Porter and Tom Jacques in quick succession. Before they knew where they were, Morris had been run out and Bashley were three down with single figures still on the board.
The emerging Sam Kennett, with 43 not out, and Brad Currie (21) rallied, but Bashley finished 80-5.
Sparsholt beat Sussex League side Ifield by two wickets in the south-east regional play-offs at Kent’s St Lawrence headquarters, but their hopes of reaching Lord’s were shattered by Canterbury’s potent bowlers in the final.
The Kent Premier League club, playing on home Canterbury ‘soil’, dominated the show, taking 11 wickets and conceding a modest 82 runs in their two wins.
Having shot Wimbledon out for 43 in their semi-final, Canterbury pegged Sparsholt to a meagre 39-5 – a target they polished off for the loss of one wicket.
Earlier, Mike Haworth’s unbeaten 42 got Sparsholt home against Ifield, who were unable to defend 82-5.
With its 335 teams, the Sussex League has replaced the neighbouring Hampshire League as world’s largest adult recreational cricket league.
Local insurance provider 1st Central will become title sponsor of the Sussex Cricket League this coming season as part of its commitment to supporting the game in the county at all levels.
A trio of local Southern Premier League clubs will have Lord’s date to dream about if they progress beyond Sunday’s ECB national indoor sixes championship regional finals.
Sparsholt carry the Hampshire banner to Canterbury for the south-east play-offs, while Bashley (Rydal) and South Wilts head west to Somerset’s indoor headquarters at Taunton.
Beating Burridge and Waterlooville last weekend secured a maiden Hampshire indoor crown for Sparsholt, who expect to take an unchanged side to the St Lawrence ground for a semi-final meet-up with Crawley-based Ifield, relegated out of the Sussex Premier League in 2018.
The winners will play either home town club Canterbury or Wimbledon for a place at Lord’s on March 31.
Skipper Dave Banks, pictured, led Sarisbury Athletic to Lord’s two years ago and is keen for a return trip to the Grace Gates.
Sparsholt: Dave Banks, Jonathon Norris, Chris Mitchell, Tim Vokes, Mike Haworth, Dan Weir.
As Dorset champions, Bashley (Rydal) have qualified for the ECB play-off stages for the first time – but Exeter University, beaten semi-finalists in the BUCS Championships last weekend, look to provide stern semi-final opposition.
Bashley (Rydal): Phil Morris, Michael Porter, Tom Jacques, Sam Kennett, Brad Currie, Jake Lilley.
If they win and South Wilts prevail against Cheltenham Civil Service, there will be an all Southern Premier League south-west final – but it’s a big call.
South Wilts, who successfully defended the Wiltshire indoor title last weekend, call up Joe Cranch to replace the Barcelona-bound Sam Pittman.
South Wilts: Rob Pittman, Tom Pearce, Tom Cowley, Joe Cranch, Will Harries, Matt Burton.
A prestigious NatWest OSCA Lifetime Achiever Award was a perfect and timely way for octogenarian groundsman Gerry Candy to celebrate his 80th birthday and for Burridge to round off their 50th anniversary celebrations.
A founder figure and past captain of the club, Gerry has played a significant role in Burridge’s rise from the regional division basement of the Hampshire League to become a force in ECB Southern Premier League cricket, as underlined by two runner-up finishes in the past three seasons.
Mr Candy played locally for Deanery before joining Burridge, whose immediate future did not look terribly rosy as they languished [in the 1970s] in the HCL regional division basement, struggling to turn out sides each week.
He recalled a merger with Warsash and the influx of some talented youngsters (particularly his sons) triggering a gradual climb through the regional divisions, from playing on the Botley Road recreation ground and into new facilities, and eventually entry into the Southern Premier League.
Thirty-five years ago Gerry was a prime mover behind Burridge’s purchase of farmland and the establishment of their home on the eastern banks of the River Hamble.
Since then, he has managed the grounds that have allowed the club to develop and flourish. It has been his tireless effort and commitment that has taken BCC from a village team to the pinnacle of cricket in the county.
Gerry Candy is the heartbeat of Burridge, there seven days a week and on occasions 16 hours a day. From dawn to dusk throughout the summer months, he is preparing strips, mowing, moving boundary ropes, sight screens and covers and then locking up at the end of the day.
All too frequently in mid-February the Burridge ground has been waterlogged, but Gerry has taken full advantage of the recent Spring (almost summer-like) weather to get square and outfield preparation significantly ahead of schedule for the 2019 season.
Gerry Candy is almost irreplaceable and a worthy recipient of a prestigious NatWest OSCA Lifetime Achiever Award.
Beaten Lord’s finalists last season, Liphook & Ripsley will begin their quest for further National Village Cup glory in the heart of the Test Valley in late April.
They have been drawn away to Overton, who celebrated promotion to Hampshire League County Division 3 North last summer.
Liphook’s adventures have enticed Southern Premier League Division 1 outfit Sarisbury Athletic to enter this season and they are drawn at home to Hambledon on Sunday April 28.
Sparsholt get home advantage in the all Winchester & District derby with Easton & Martyr Worthy, while near rivals Tichborne Park entertain Bramshaw.
Across the Wiltshire county border and high up on Salisbury Plain, Shrewton will renew their long standing rivalry with Parley, runners-up in Hampshire League, County Division 1 last season.
The first round draw includes: Amport v Oakley, Shrewton v Parley, Sarisbury Athletic v Hambledon, Tichborne Park v Bramshaw, Longparish v Paultons, Overton v Liphook & Ripsley, Hursley Park v Godshill, Sparsholt v Easton & Martyr Worthy. Bye: Sway.
Rowledge have received a first round bye before travelling to nearby Frensham in round two (May 12), while Redlynch & Hale go deep into Wiltshire to play Lacock.
Hampshire League pair Bedhampton and Emsworth will have to wait until the late May bank holiday weekend before hitting the Lord’s trail.
Both clubs have testing draws in the West Sussex group, Bedhampton at Crawley-based Ifield and Emsworth at home to Findon.
Alton are keen to arrange pre-season friendly matches for their Hampshire League County Division One side on Saturdays 27 April (away) and 4 May 2019 (home or away).
Any potential takers should contact Richard Myers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calmore Sports left-hander Ben Johns had to forego the chance of a second consecutive century on Australian soil as his adopted Melbourne club, Brighton chased an outright victory against Victoria Sub-District South West 1 cellar dwellers Taylors Lakes.
Hitting eight boundaries in an unbeaten 90, Johns was pulled up ten runs short of his hundred when Brighton, having made 207-3, declared to chase vital second innings bowling bonus points in their quest to make the elimination play-offs.
Johns, 23, had made his Aussie-best 105 in Brighton’s previous match against leaders Caulfield.
Taylors Lakes, having been bowled out for 145 first time around, were 134-5 at stumps – Johns, given a rare bowling, taking a wicket – that of Lachlan Marr, who top scored in both innings !
‘All rounder’ Johns is understood to be keen to talk to his Calmore team-mates about his prize wicket when the Southern Premier League programme begins against Hook & Newnham Basics at Loperwood Park on May 4.
South Wilts new boy Raff Hussey got a long overdue opportunity to spend some time at the crease playing Second Grade for Port Adelaide, but his 90-minute knock, which yielded 20, wasn’t quite enough to get his side over the line against West End Grade rivals Prospect, who emerged 15-run winners from a low scoring affair.
Frequently batting nine, 18-year old Hussey, who is coming to the end of his winter at the Darren Lehmann Academy, has had precious few chances to show his batting prowess – but his 11 wicket haul, which includes a 3-38 return against Prospect, won’t have gone unnoticed at Bemerton.
Portsmouth’s Ben Duggan has scored some much needed runs playing Western Australia Third Grade Turf cricket for Murdoch University Melville 2nd XI in Perth, scoring 108 and 63 in his last two knocks.
Portsmouth's students are the kings of British Universities Indoor Cricket, carrying off the Super Eights title in impressive style at Warwickshire's impressive Edgbaston Centre.
Winning all ten qualifying matches, including victories over Bournemouth, Solent and Southampton, they won a remarkable 14 of their 15 matches this winter, beating Exeter University by 18 runs in the semi-final before cruising past St Mary's 113-3 with four wickets and nine balls to spare in the national BUCS final.
Jordy Betts (38) and Macleod Cox (31) top scored in Portsmouth's 103-5 against Exeter, who suffered five run outs in slumping to 85 all out.
Cox took 2-21 in the final before Portsmouth chased down St Mary's 113-3, with Betts making 25 and Elliott Evans 25, both retiring.
Hartley Wintney's new skipper Will Kerr twice retired playing for Birmingham University, who took third place in the BUCS tournament.
Sparsholt have won the Hampshire indoor cricket six-a-side championships at the first time of asking.
Having scraped a drama-packed one-wicket win over Burridge off the last ball of their semi-final, they defeated Waterlooville to earn a place in next Sunday’s South East ECB regional play-offs at Canterbury.
But at one stage of the thrilling semi-final tie against 2018 county indoor winners, Burridge it looked as though Sparsholt might not make it.
They were languishing at 66-4 off eight overs in response to a Burridge total of 116-1 and needed 51 to win off the last four overs.
Cue an amazing flurry of wides – a staggering 55 in total – and Sparsholt got home with a three off Sully White’s last ball !
Waterlooville’s one-wicket semi-final win over Hook & Newnham Basics also went to the wire, with teenager Archie Reynolds hitting an undefeated 41 to get the Ville home. Shane Brewer, with 23 and a 3-22 return, starred for Hook.
In the balance
So often low scoring matches produce tight finishes and so it was when Sparsholt successfully chased down Waterlooville’s 105-5 to win by two wickets, with effectively an over to spare.
The outcome was in the balance with Sparsholt 51-3 at the halfway point of their innings, but Tim Vokes struck an unbeaten 26.
At 80-3 at the end of the ninth over, Sparsholt still had work to do, but 13 runs off Max Goddard led last summer’s Southern Premier League Division 2 champions to get only six runs off the 12th over, which they achieved courtesy of two wides !
Sparsholt’s reward is a trip to the Kent Indoor School at the St Lawrence ground, Canterbury, on Sunday, where they will play Crawley-based Ifield, who won the Sussex indoor title.
In the other semi-final, Canterbury face Wimbledon. The St Lawrence winners qualify for the Lord’s final.
Burridge 116-1 (Hewitt 29, Kenway 28) Sparsholt 117-5 (Extras 55, White 2-15). Sparsholt won by one wicket.
Hook & Newnham Basics 119-5 (Brown 35, Brewer 23) Waterlooville 123-5 (Archie Reynolds 41*, Brewer 3-22). Waterlooville won by one wicket.
Waterlooville 105-5 (Hudson 26, Archie Reynolds 30) Sparsholt 107-4 (Vokes 26*, Hillman 2-16). Sparsholt won by two wickets.
Burridge defend their Hampshire indoor sixes crown against Sparsholt in their opening HCB semi-final in the Ageas Indoor School this (Saturday) evening at 6.30pm.
The winners will face either Hook & Newnham Basics or Waterlooville, who meet in the second semi-final, which is due to begin at 7.40pm.
Led by past Lord's winner Dave Banks (pictured in action by Bob Selly), Sparsholt are making their debut in the county finals, while Waterlooville will want to rid themselves of some indifferent previous performances at the Ageas Bowl when they face a youthful Hook & Newnham Basics side.
Burridge: Sully White, Richard Kenway, Dan Hewitt, Brad Griffiths, Sigi Wickramasinghe, Andy Payne.
Sparsholt: Dave Banks, Mike Haworth, Tim Vokes, Archie Norris, Chris Mitchell, Dan Weir.
Hook & Newnham Basics: Rhodes Franklin, Rupes Armstrong, Will Gardner, Josh Balcombe, Shane Brewer, Alex Brown.
Waterlooville: Sam Hillman, Andy Reynolds, Jon Hudson, Archie Reynolds, Max Goddard, Ashan Silva.
The Hampshire winners will face Sussex champions Ifield in the ECB national south-east regional play-offs at Canterbury on Sunday March 3.
South Wilts bid to join Bashley (Rydal) in the south-west regionals when they face Biddestone and Swindon Asians in the Wiltshire finals at Pewsey on Sunday.
Bashley beat Ryde by five wickets last weekend to tee up a SW regional tie with Exeter University at Taunton next Sunday afternoon.
* It’s a big Saturday for Hartley Wintney skipper Will Kerr, who plays for Birmingham University in the BUCS finals at Edgbaston.
Chichester’s students reached the finals of the British Universities’ national indoor cricket trophy, having never previously progressed beyond the qualification stage.
But after finishing third in the pre-Christmas qualifiers at Eastleigh’s Fleming Park, they went on to beat Royal Holloway, Cardiff Met and Gloucester at the southern regional group phase, and clinch a place in the BUCS Super Eights finals.
In the Leicester hosted finals, they beat Manchester and Worcester, but a heavy defeat in their opening game by Bournemouth left Chichester adrift on net run rate and into an eventual third place, no mean achievement.
Portsmouth’s Dan Wallis and Alex Coyle gave Chichester a decent start in response to Bournemouth’s total of 80, but a hat-trick by Bashley (Rydal) pace bowler Dan Goodey, who plays Minor Counties Championship cricket for Devon, wrecked their reply at 50 all out.
Beating Manchester in their next match was key to Chichester’s immediate prospects and they didn’t disappoint, inspirational captain Sean Read taking three wickets and a catch as they successfully defended 62 to win by ten runs.
Read's triple blast
A late cameo by Lymington’s Hugo Chandler was largely responsible for the winning Chichester score – Manchester suffering a mid-innings wobble before Read’s triple-wicket blast sent them collapsing to 52 all out.
Extras played a game changing role in the final group game against Worcester, whose profligate bowling saw 28 sundries included in a Chi total of 64 (Dan Wallis 19).
A brisk Worcester start made the game tight, but middle innings overs from Read and Wallis restricted their run rate and, with Tom Veillard with the ball and wicketkeeper Coyle lending a hand, Chichester emerged 11-run winners.
Net run rate eventually proved to be Chichester’s Achilles heel as they finished third in the Super Eights group behind Bournemouth, the eventual beaten finalists, and Worcester.
“It was a hard fought campaign and to go much further than any Chichester group before was a terrific achievement,” reflected skipper Sean Read.
Bashley (Rydal) are through to the regional play-off stage of the ECB indoor sixes cricket championships after a five-wicket win over Island champions Ryde.
They chased down Ryde’s 125-3 with an over to spare to tee up a west region semi-final tie against Exeter University at Taunton on Sunday March 3.
Michael Porter (29), Phil Morris (29), Sam Kennett (25) and Brad Currie (23) were all unbeaten for Bashley.
Earlier, an unbeaten half-century by Dave Pratt (50), supported by Stu Robertson (25) underpinned the Ryde total. Steve Wilson took 2-26.
If Bashley beat the Exeter students, they will face Cheltenham Civil Service or the winners of the Wiltshire group, which will be decided at the Pewsey Sports Centre on Sunday, when Biddlestone, South Wilts or Swindon Indians lock horns in a round-robin affair.
The Hampshire indoor finals are at the Ageas Bowl this Saturday evening, initially at 6.30pm when holders Burridge defend their county crown against Sparsholt.
Hook & Newnham Basics play Waterlooville in the second semi-final at 7.40pm, with the winners contesting the 8.50pm final.
The Hampshire winners go to Canterbury on March 3 to face Ifield.
Vice-captain Andy Gorvin will not be returning to Havant when he finishes his university degree course in Cardiff this summer.
The all-rounder has joined ECB South Wales Premier League club St Fagan's and will play Sussex League Division One cricket for Chichester Priory Park when his university terms ends.
Gorvin joined Havant as a 15-year old and has scored over 2,700 runs in addition to taking some 115 wickets.
There is also speculation that former Havant captain Ben Walker is on the move again. He switched to Totton & Eling for the 2018 SPL season, but suffered a serious early season Achilles injury playing for Dorset and did not play competitive cricket last summer. He has been linked with a move to a Premier Division club.