The 2016 season will live long in the memory at East Woodhay, who carried of a memorable Hampshire League championship and local T20 Plate double. Founder members of the HCL in 1973, they had never previously won a title, but they finished two points clear of Redlynch & Hale to win County 3 North, their first silverware in 43 years. hey batted powerfully all season, with Tom Flack (645 runs), Joe Lawrance (402) and Richard Dando (380 and 25 wickets) to the fore). Their T20 success came in the Cyril Thompson Plate at May's Bounty in late August when they beat strongly fancied Odiham & Greywell (161-8) of the last ball, Nick Bird hitting 74 and Dando 48 as they won by five wickets.
Knights Valley, Regional 3 South champions, won ten of their 11 matches in 2016, with Dave Wright (435), Aaron Williams (358) top run scorers, and Pete Finlay taking 26 wickets.
Back (from left): Jon Page, Steve Reese, John Cook, Dennis Payne, Nathan Small. Front: Dave Wright, Lee Payne, Pete Finlay (captain), Chris Barber, Ajit Choudhari.
Reformed Wellow & Plaitford won the Regional 4 North West title after winning eight of their nine matches. Sam Larbalestier (291 runs), Lee Palmer (261) and Lewis Oliver (250) led the way with the bat while Mark Weaver's 27 wickets won the Divisional bowling award.
Two years in and Shanklin have celebrated a second Hampshire League championship, following up their South East Division 3 title success of 2015 by winning Regional 1 South.
Whereas they won SE3 with a 100 per cent record, Shanklin experienced a mid-season wobble, losing twice (to Servicemaster and United Services) and tieing with Steep, but otherwise winning 10 of their 13 games. Once again they scored heavily, with Mark Ringer’s prize winning 676-run tally including centuries against Hambledon (134) and Hursley Park (116). Matt Lambourne’s 26 wicket haul (6-33 v Follands) won him the R1S bowling award. Shanklin will play in County Division 3 South next season.
Purbrook finished second in County Division 1 behind champions Alton II to reclaim their place in the British Gas Southern Premier League after a six-year absence.
They won 13 of their 15 matches, with the individual performances of John Moller (154) and Aaron Dean (9-30) against relegated Ellingham the best of the summer. Moller went on to score 519 runs, with skipper Martin Lee (493), Brad Mengham (435), Kiwi Ben Michel (363 and 26 wickets), Sean Figgins (354) and Clark Harding (281) all prominent with the bat.
Dean’s 37-wicket haul comfortably topped the CD1 bowling charts, while James Gurney chipped in with 20 victims and Sameem Mahboon 16.
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