Standing (from left): Alex Coetzee, Tom Trinder, Jack Levy, Scott Sturt, Matt Jackman, Ben Gardner.
Seated: Michael Taplin, William Samways, William de Cani, Jonnie Wahid, James Bevan.
Portsmouth & Southsea will be County Division 1 champions if they beat St Cross Symondians in their final match at St James’ Park.
They took a handy bonus points lead - eight over Lymington II and 11 over Longparish – into the game.
Realistically, P & S will have to lose and their two title rivals win if the championship race is to have a late twist.
Both Portsmouth & Southsea and Lymington enjoyed round 16 wins, while Longparish suffered the cruel misfortune of having their match at Sarisbury Athletic washed out by a lunchtime cloudburst.
P & S chased down a Burridge total of 193 (Suji Wickramasinghe 61) to win by eight wickets – Steve Clements (62) and Jack Davies (52) scoring the runs.
Lymington proved too strong for Fareham & Crofton’s young side, which had won nine of its previous 11 matches and were sixth before the start.
Billy Quigley (52) raised his run tally for the season to 767 and enjoyed a fruitful stand with Jack Roberts (44) as Lymington took control.
Teens Josh Royan (33), Harry Fisher (22) and Kieron Moors (23) all chipped in as Lymington batted Fareham out of the contest at 247-9.
Fareham lost four cheap wickets before Luke Cornish (46) gave their final 155 an air of respectability.
With Sarisbury already relegated, Longparish could reasonably have anticipated a significant point haul from their Allotment Road visit – but a lunchtime rain storm up paid to that.
“The postponement felt like a loss,” sighed Parish’s Will de Cani, who also missed out on a chance to overhaul Ryde’s Ben Wadmore in the County 1 run stakes.
De Cani had scored 627 runs compared with Wadmore’s 666 going into the final round of matches.
Longparish trailed Lymington by three points - but Oli Kelly’s side faced a stern challenge at fourth-placed Hook & Newnham Basics II, who rolled relegation threatened New Milton by 48 runs last time out, with teenager Jack Robson’s 55 the highest score of the match.
Ropley dropped to seventh spot after a 97-run defeat by Ryde, who ended a five-match losing streak by celebrating their first win since July 1.
Ropley enjoyed an early success when Ed Stennett (2-52) trapped opener Ellis Ridett leg before, but the Ryde innings gradually gained momentum, initially through Joe Martin (38), but more specifically Cam Mitchell, on teaching leave from Yorkshire and making his first appearance of the season.
Mitchell cracked four sixes and seven fours in a 62-ball 74, which set the platform for Stuart Robertson (54) and Ashley Goldsmith (47) to apply the long handle and hoist Ryde’s total to 281-8.
Australian Jack Ireland (66) and Chris Rait (35) progressed Ropley’s response to 110-2 at drinks, but Mitchell (3-6) and Goldsmith (4-42) carved through the remainder of the hosts batting to leave Ropley 97 runs short at 184 all out.
Opener Paul Longland (88 not out) batted throughout OTR’s 235 at Shrewton, where his ninth wicket stand with Mike Trodd (42) gave the visitors’ attack something to bowl at.
Dan Bingley (32) and Stu Cruse (33) overcame two early Shrewton losses, but after a handy knock by Jason Plant (27), it needed Chris Brewer (47) and Marcus Jenkins (45) to get their heads down and secure a home victory with only three balls of a rain trimmed 45-over encounter left.
Bishops Waltham ended their recent lean run with a 102-run win over Ventnor II, who will be relegated tonight if results go the wrong way.
United Services will send them packing if they win last match against already doomed Sarisbury Athletic and Ventnor fail to beat Fareham & Crofton at Steephill.
Phil Baldock (60) held BW together after three wickets fell for eight runs after a near century stand with Andy Wakeley (39). Sam Medhurst (49) and Adam Wymbs (38) helped the Albany hosts on to 255-6 off a run trimmed 45 overs.
Mark Fletcher used his experience, batting the length of Ventnor’s 153 reply with an unbeaten 71.
But US didn’t do themselves any favours by filing to defend 192-9 (John Parker 59) and losing by five-wickets to St Cross Symondians III, for whom Morgan Smith and Stephen Fryer hit unbeaten half-centuries.
If the Hampshire League made a team of the month award (which they don’t and never have), Rowledge seconds would be near certain winners.
A month ago and ten successive losses, they were doomed – but they’ve since put three straight wins on the board and have moved out of immediate danger.
Sam Marshall’s maiden 120 took Rowledge to a winning 256-8 against visiting Hythe & Dibden, whose 237-8 response was well served by Zac Millar’s 83 and a fifty by James Page.
Parley were on the brink of becoming Hampshire League, County Division 2 champions going into this weekend’s final round of matches.
A win at Redlynch & Hale would ensure Parley finished above Easton & Martyr Worthy and Ferndown Wayfarers, who were going head-to-head at Dolmans Farm for the probable runners-up spot.
Long term pacemakers Bedhampton, who have suffered three successive defeats of late, were hanging on to a slender possibility of finishing third.