Beating Longparish by 101 runs was the first time Parley had taken the field in a HCL match for almost 21 months, their opening game with promoted Winton being washed out and Bedhampton’s withdrawal meaning they were without a fixture on May 15.
Alex Nippard (left)(60) celebrated his Parley return after a short spell with Bournemouth by top scoring in his side’s 215-6, having gone in after skipper Shane Green (39) and teenager Marcus Braggington (29) had put 55 on the board. Roshan Embalagama fired a quick 39 to put Parley firmly in control.
Parish were rushed out for 114 (Scott Sturt 41), with Ollie Green taking 4-11.
Hampshire Cricket Board Physical Disability officer Hugh Bernard, who played a County Championship match for Kent in 2016 and took three Glamorgan wickets on Canterbury debut, blew away Compton & Chandlers Ford and ensured Sway made it three wins from three.
In a fiery four over burst spell, the Folkestone raised former England Under-19 international (who played against Australia YCs with Hampshire trio Mason Crane, Brad Taylor and Joe Weatherley), took 5-6 as the visitors crumbled on a challenging Station Road strip that tested batsmen from both sides.
Bowling in tandem with quick John Grasham (2-18), Bernard bowled and bounced out Compton’s lower order, carrying on good work from openers Jon Waller (2-22) and David Steadman (1-16), while Sway were excellent in the field, with Waller, Steadman, Oscar Marshall and ‘keeper Alex Hall snaffling catches.
Earlier in the day Sway had battled hard to post 148 against a decent Compton attack. Having lost two wickets early Hall (24) and Dan Bailey (39) steadied the ship – Bailey hammering 19 off one over – before the pair perished in quick succession.
There were cameos from Josh Bailey and Adam Clark – who both got 11 – while the hosts owed a lot to Steadman. His excellent a patient and hard fought 29 steadied the innings and helped Sway post a total that proved far out of Compton’s reach.
Old Basing have made an encouraging start, beating Portsmouth II by 45 runs to record a second win.
They were on top once Jaiden Hall (59) and Ben Ungaretti (46) put on 97 for the first wicket and went on to post 209-7 (Darren Turner 32), with sixth and seventh placed bowlers Billy Eades (4-46) and Ethan Randall (3-56) picking up the wickets. Asked to get 166 in 27 overs, Portsmouth crumbled from 50-0 to 120 all out.
They were the only three matches that survived a second consecutive storm battered weekend, which has left seven clubs – Alton, Andover, Bournemouth, Burridge, Fareham & Crofton, Hursley Park and promoted Winton – still waiting to play their first games.
Fed up with waiting, potential Bournemouth run gun Jonny Coombs nicked a game for the Chapel Gate club's sixth team and plundered a chancy 43 not out in his side's victory over Division 6 South West rivals Ringwood thirds. Look out Burridge IIs this Saturday !
Performance of the day in a once again seriously curtailed HCL programme was by Steep all-rounder Gregg Turner, who smashed ten sixes and ten fours in an unbeaten 137 at Westhill - and then took 4-25 as Shanklin & Godshill (159-9) fell 60 runs short of the visitors' 219-8.