Damerham captain Henry Gilbert was Regional Division 1 North West batsman of the year for 2019.
The hard hitting opener topped the divisional batting charts with 678 runs, having enjoyed a phenomenal run last July.
Twice he missed out in the nervous nineties, with 96 against South Wilts IV and 94 off the Godshill attack.
But, after hitting an unbeaten 58 in the win over Paultons, Gilbert struck the magical century with 113 not out against Amport II. In all, he made 361 runs in four innings in July.
Gilbert, a HCL award winner for the first time, also hit half-centuries against Winterbourne, Amesbury and Andover.
Bramshaw's Bailey Loveless was lead Regional 1 North West bowler with 26 victims.
Stuart Gurney's 660-run tally played a significant part in Ryde II's promotion triumph and earned the Island cricketer the County Division 4 South batting prize.
Gurney had 275 of this runs on the board by 1 June, his May tally including a career-best 161 in the Hardings Shute victory over Railway Triangle. His knock that day included eight sixes and 19 fours, Ryde posting a towering 319-4 off 45 overs.
He maintained his amazing form throughout the summer, making 71* (Fair Oak III), 75 (Hambledon), 50 (Ryde Cavaliers), before scoring 67 against Bedhampton Mariners and an unbeaten 93 off the Colden Common attack. His lowest score was 28 v Purbrook and he ended a ten-innings season with a staggering average of 110.
Leading CD4 South run scorers: Stuart Gurney (Ryde II) 660, Dominic Carson (Waterlooville II) 525, Andy Louden (Ryde Cavaliers) 518, Kieran Hall (Mansbridge) 492, Steve Clements (Portsmouth & Southsea II) 470. Highest score: Stuart Gurney (Ryde II) 161 v Railway Triangle.
Gregor McKenzie doesn't tend to hang about when he's at the crease. The bad ball invariably gets hit for six - on 36 separate occasions, in fact, for Twyford last season, when his 729-run tally (which also contained 79 boundaries) won the County Division 4 North batting award.
The tall left-hand opening batsman got closer to a magical century as the summer wore on. After making 61 against Old Basing, he hit 74 at Chawton, 83 v Longparish, and then just missed out on a ton with 98 off the Basingstoke & North Hants IVs attack.
But the Oxford Brookes university student (schooled locally at King Edward VI) wasn't to be denied and hit an unbeaten 105 in August against Rowledge. He also chipped in with 23 wickets, including a 6-25 return against Hursley Park II.
To keep things in the family, Gregor's sibling brother Monty hit 448 runs, in addition to spinning out 20 victims.
Leading CD4 North run scorers: Gregor McKenzie (Twyford) 729, Jonty Cooke (Stockbridge) 578, Ben Trepass (Medstead) 575, Matt Cutts (Wherwell) 559, Olie Emslie (Wherwell) 531. Highest score: Matt Cutts (Wherwell) 126 v Ashford Hill.
Scoring runs was all part of the Line of Duty for village bobby Sam Godfrey, who topped the County Division 3 batting charts with 772 runs for Cadnam.
His three centuries against New Milton II (107*), Follands (117*) and Ventnor II (132) came in a magical five-match sequence between June 1 and July 13, when he also made 70-plus scores against Langley Manor II and United Services.
Godfrey, who began his Cadnam career as a colt, also weighed with with an unbeaten 93 against Verwood, 84 v Mudeford and 62 against Locksheath.
United Services' John Brasier and Locks Heath all-rounder Jack Paskins were the only other players to make over 500 runs.
Ironically, the highest individual score in CD3S was made against Cadnam by Harry Dye, who made an undefeated 157 against the New Forest club. Dye normally plays cricket on the Isle of Wight ...
Leading CD3S run scorers: Sam Godfrey (Cadnam) 772, John Brasier (US Portsmouth) 648, Jack Paskins (Locks Heath) 527, Joe Baker (Locks Heath) 473, Luke Hancock (Verwood) 498, James Adams (New Milton II) 493. Highest score: Harry Dye (Mudeford) 157* v Cadnam.
Twenty-one year old Providence Cowdrill had County Division 3 North opponents in a spin, turning in a 32-wicket haul which not only won the Hampshire Women's leggie the divisional bowling award but played a significant part in IBM Hursley's championship success.
Her 7-31 return against Amport (who collapsed from 51-0 to 105 all out when she came on to bowl) was among the top individual bowling figures in the entire Hampshire League in 2019. Tossing up her leg breaks and googlies, she took 5-17 against neighbours Hursley Park II and 4-28 v Liphook & Ripsley.
Providence also made her mark for Hampshire, taking 12 wickets, including 4-19 against Warwickshire, in the side's debut season in the first division of the County Championship. She also took three Lancashire scalps in another match.
Leading CD3 North bowlers: Providence Cowdrill (IBM Hursley) 32, I Khan (RAM) 31, Dan Sumner (Oakley) 31, Nick Tomlin (Overton) 28, Matt Birch (Michelmersh & Timsbury) 28, Josh Williams (Sparsholt) 28, Dan Rides (IBM Hursley) 28. Best bowling: Providence Cowdrill (IBM Hursley) 7-31 v Amport.
Elliott Hennessey’s 801-run tally for Oakley last season earned him the County Division 3 North batting prize, making centuries against Overton and Bishop’s Waltham, alongside four 80-plus scores.
Sparsholt’s Jamie Skeoch (741), Overton Aussie Sam Miller (627) and Ramsdell’s Jonny Bradley, with 536, were also prominent, while Tom Foster’s 494-run haul for Sparsholt II included the division’s top individual score of 163 against OTs & Romsey.
Henry Smith underlined his hidden talents when he finished top of the County Division 2 bowling charts – after all, he’d previously hardly had much chance to show what he could do with the ball in a South Wilts 3rd XI well stocked with seam options .. until last season !
Ever since he joined the Bemerton club as a ten-year old, Henry fancied himself as a bowler, but apart from the occasional over or two, he had to be content with his role as a stoic, hard to dislodge opening batsman. But things changed dramatically in 2019 when SW III skipper Jody Everett tossed the Fovant teenager the ball – and he weighed in with a season’s haul of 33 wickets !
“He bowls decent lines and swings it, but surpassed all our expectations with his 33 wickets, a reward for the hard work and effort he put in all summer,” Everett said.
Smith, who spent the 2018/19 winter sheep farming in New South Wales in readiness for his current agriculture and crop science course at Nottingham University, celebrated five separate four-wicket returns against Emsworth, Ferndown Wayfarers, East Woodhay, Fair Oak and Bournemouth, and three-wicket hauls on two other occasions.
Leading wicket takers: Henry Smith (South Wilts) 33, Miles Kingston (Bramshaw) 28, Mike Offord (Emsworth) 27, * Andy Scher (Odiham & Greywell) 27, Ant Norris (Emsworth) 27, Paul Hungerford (Portsmouth) 26, Mark Scorey (Compton & Chandler’s Ford) 26. Best bowling: Matt Mixer (Bournemouth) 8-15 v Rowledge II.
Eric Linge began his career at Poole Grammar School and New Milton as a promising, pacey opening bowler, albeit with an action which drew the occasional second glance. In the past two seasons, since joining Ferndown Wayfarers, he’s developed into a handy opening batsman, making his maiden HCL century in 2018 and making 811 to win the County Division 2 batting prize last season.
Linge [left] really went to town in the second half of the 2019 season, a ‘near-miss’ 98 against South Wilts III preceding centuries against Basingstoke & North Hants III (128*), Sarisbury Athletic (129) and East Woodhay (113). Against Sarisbury Athletic, he shared a club record 343-run opening partnership with Chris Armstrong, who went on to make 179* out of Ferndown’s 384-1.
Leading CD2 batsmen: Eric Linge (Ferndown Wayfarers 811), * Jack Riding (Compton & Chandler's Ford), * Andy Scher (Odiham & Greywell) 799, Tom Arnold (Bramshaw) 760, Jamie Mitchell (Portsmouth II) 703. Highest score: Chris Armstrong (Ferndown Wayfarers) 179* v Sarisbury Athletic II.
Burridge all-rounder Suji Wickramasinghe carried off the principal individual batting award in Hampshire League County Division 1 last season.
Playing every since game (a rare event in itself these days), Wickramasinghe scored 629 runs, in addition to taking 28 wickets.
Wickramasinghe was seldom out of the action in any of Burridge’s matches, his 113 spearheading a thrilling run chase against OTs & Romsey, while more runs followed against Old Basing, Alton, runners-up Hook & Newnham Basics II and Easton & Martyr Worthy. He regularly chipped in with wickets and a fine economy rate to boot.
Leading run scorers: Suji Wickramasinghe (Burridge) 629, Nick Willcock (Old Basing) 588, Dan Bailey (Sway) 575, Jacob Harris (Gosport Borough) 564, Paul Longland (OTs & Romsey) 534, * Brad Easton (Ropley) 519, Matt Branford (Hursley Park) 512, Sam Collins (Parley) 499, Tom Flynn (Hursley Park) 493, Advait Manur (St Cross Symondians) 487, Tim Noble (Sway) 464. Highest score: Matt Swann (St Cross Symondians) 161 v Ryde.
Ollie Green celebrated a significant treble at the Hampshire League County Division awards dinner.
His 36 victims (one more than 2018) was the highest in the entire HL, won him the CD1 bowling prize for the second consecutive season and played a significant part in Parley’s championship triumph.
With over 80 wickets to his name in the past three seasons alone, Ollie Green has been one of the main players in Parley’s rapid climb through the County Divisions.
His 36 scalps last summer included a 5-17 return against Sway, four-wicket hauls v Easton & Martyr Worthy and Old Basing, and three other four three-wicket returns. He’s no mean performer with the bat either, as his May bank holiday century against Ryde confirmed.
Bowling: Ollie Green (Parley) 36, Andy Nichols (Bedhampton) 32, Jacob Harris (Gosport Borough) 32, Ben Stanbrook (Easton & MW) 31, Suji Wickramasinghe (Burridge) 28, Kevin Light (Hook & Newnham Basics) 27, Xavier Bochereau (Alton) 27, Nick Cooper (Old Basing) 25, Josh Balcombe (Hook & Newnham Basics) 24. Best bowling: Oli Creal (Gosport Borough) 6-22 v Ryde.
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