Supported by Harry Martin (3-20), the 14-year old ripped through Easton, leaving Winchester College prospect Casper Byers (74) to fight a lone battle for the visitors, who were dismissed for 148 – one run short of the Parish total.
Will de Cani (45), making a welcome return to the Longparish side, praised Allen saying: “He bowls very energetic off-spin, spins it big but, most of all, thinks a lot about what he is doing.”
Michael Taplin (26) and Ben Gardner (28) helped Parish reach 149 all out.
The Southern Premier League Cup match between St Cross Symondians and the Hampshire Academy my was called off – but that didn’t deter the Winchester club’s third team from playing on the No 2 pitch.
It was worth their efforts as well – the rain trimmed 30-over affair against Alton II ending in a tie both sides making 217.
Left-hander James Burridge (63) and Charlie Preston (46) thrived in a second wicket stand, which Graham Barrett (27) and Charlie Bowden (39) subsequently enhanced. 217-4 was competitive.
Alton gave chase with Andy Postles (42) and Michael Heffernan (38), a position which Joe Paul (58) and Ryan Hale (41) consolidated. Jaimie Cork’s 4-18 clawed St Cross back into it.
It came down to Alton requiring eight runs off the last over with Freddie Egleston and Toby Fuller at the crease.
Alton’s Julian Ballinger takes up the story. “Fred scored one off the first ball, but Fuller then missed the next two deliveries.
“Fuller run out by the wicketkeeper (Burridge) off the next, which brought Gemma Porter to the crease.
“The next ball was a wide and they ran a bye, so five runs needed off the last two balls of the match. “Freddie clipped one into mid-wicket. They ran two and then got an overthrow, leaving us requiring two to win off the last ball.
“Gemma clipped it to mid-wicket, but too close to the fielder so we only got one run and finished 217-7 – a great game !”
IBM chased down RAM’s 185 to win by five wickets, leaving Fair Oak (16) top by two points from Compton & Chandler’s Ford and Longparish, both with 14. The season ends on September 12.