Hythe & Dibden finished second from the bottom of the Southern Premier League Cup West 2/3 group after visiting Fair Oak beat them by eight wickets with ten overs to spare at Jones Lane.
Oaks, for their own part, were runners-up to West ‘champions’ Bashley (Rydal) II, who contest the Grand Final with Portsmouth & Southsea at St James’s Park on Saturday, 12.30.
Hythe opener Matt Young (66) continued his fine recent form sharing in partnerships of 59 with Tom Gates (31) and 66 with Andy Wakely (34). But when Young was third out at 160-3, one of three victims for Oaks left-arm spin skipper Charlie Gwynn (3-30), the visitors took a firm grip on the match that they were never to relinquish.
Rhys Oxley and Rufus Bullough took a wicket each as Hythe subsided to 170-6, while seamers Ben Smith, Ross Stewart and Freddie Eley all bowled with commendable economy.
After the break Gregor McKenzie carved the Hythe attack for two sixes and nine fours in his innings of 56, most of his runs coming in an opening stand of 70 with his brother Monty. The younger McKenzie was bowled by Fair Oak old boy Tim Ndowora, while Gregor fell to Gates, both bowlers returning figures of 1 for 36.
But Gwynn carried on the good work, hitting 52 not out off just 42 balls, while Will Hughes scored an unbeaten 36 in a stand of 90 as Oaks cruised home with plenty of juice still in the tank.
Fawley's Alex Forster celebrated his maiden senior five-wicket return to set up a last day Southern Premier League Cup victory over Paultons at Holbury.
The Cambridge University student took five of the last six wickets to fall, finishing with 5-10 as Paultons crumbled from 104-4 to 124 all out and an eventual five-wicket West group defeat.
Bailey Parratt (3-25) did the early damage to leave Paultons 39-3 and fourth-wicket pair Tom Smart (41) and Scott Dawes (23) with a repair situation on their hands.
But Forester’s 27-ball spell, which began with the key scalp of big hitting Nathan Feltham, ripped Paultons apart, Kieron Earl taking two slick stumpings off the young medium-pacer.
Chris Dunn (3-21) and Dawes (2-23) made inroads but Dave Streather’s unbeaten 41 eased Fawley to a five-wicket win and fifth place in the final table.
South Wilts seconds never recovered from a three-wicket new-ball blast by left-armer James Trodd which left them reeling at 10-3 against Old Tauntonians & Romsey at Bemerton.
Their patched up side recovered to reach 159-9, but a century partnership between Bothwell Chapungu (left) and Harry Tulk swept the visitors to a seven-wicket win.
Trodd (3-35) hit the stumps three times in quick succession to send Joe Cranch, Chris Chaddock and Matt Falconer back to the pavilion.
George Edwards (36) and Tom Pearce (20) repaired the initial damage, but a four-wicket spell by left-arm spinner Matt Bampton (4-15) plunged South Wilts into deeper trouble at 98-8.
Ninth-wicket pair Jack Richards (25 not out) and Tom Bolam (22) added 51 to give South Wilts something to bowl at - but Chapungu and Tulk effectively blew the target away.
Rhys Wathen (19) fell to a return catch by Rob Pittman, but that was South Wilts' solitary success for a long period as the Zimbabwean and Tulk (40) virtually sealed OTs victory with a 116-run stand.
Left-hander Tulk as content to play a support role as Chapungu struck 13 fours on his way to an unbeaten 75. Young spinner James Brewer (2-26) removed Tulk and Jovan Dhariwal before OTs clinched an easy victory with 13 overs to spare.
A middle-order collapse, in which five wickets fell for 31 runs, nullified any prospect Trojans had of posting a competitive total against Langley Manor at Knellers Lane.
Ed Boyd (41) was largely responsible for a sound Trojans start, but a four-wicket spin spell by Nick Doubell (4-46) and a miserly 2-10 off eight by little Tommy Spencer tilted the balance and left the visitors defending 152-8.
Jack Budd (39) and Conor Browne (20) gave the Manor a 66-run start, but Tristan Bamford broke the momentum with an expensive 4-55 which saw three wickets for four runs. The Manor were five down before Jordie Smith (34) and Steve Harris (26) got them across the line.
Chris Turrell and Matt Benfield starred as Portsmouth & Southsea reached the Southern Premier League’s Division 2/3 Grand Final.
They defeated Waterlooville by five wickets to pip Liphook & Ripsley to the East group title by just three points.
That was a superb effort considering that P & S are a SPL Division 3 side and some of their group rivals, including Waterlooville, would have been playing in a higher division in 2020 but for the pandemic.
P & S won all five of their completed group games, with the other two - including one against Liphook - rained off.
P & S will now host West group winners Bashley (Rydal) 2nds at St James’s Park, Locksway Road, on Saturday, 12.30
Turrell bagged four cheap wickets as Waterlooville were dismissed for 135 after the visitors elected to bat first. Benfield, pictured, continuing his fine form, then smacked a half-century as P & S collected a five-wicket victory.
Waterlooville were given a 56-run start by openers Namish Verma (28) and Archie Reynolds (25).
But after that only Max Goddard (24 off 17 balls) and Matt Shaw (14) reached double figures.
Turrell, the last of the six P & S bowlers used, bagged 4-16 off 7.5 overs as the visitors slithered from 110-4 to 135 all out.
Benfield and Jack Davies (16) put on 43 for the first Portsmouth wicket and the former ended up hitting 10 boundaries in his 80.
P & S only needed five runs for victory when he was eventually bowled by Ashan Silva.
Benfield has scored at least 23 runs in all his competitive league and cup games in 2020, topped by 136 against Purbrook in an East group encounter. He had started his delayed summer by hitting 62 in a friendly against Havant.
Silva took 3-13 off his seven overs but P & S still had seven overs and one ball left when they notched the winning runs.
Liphook & Ripsley achieved their goal of taking maximum points off Hartley Wintney, but still finished short in second place. They beat the North Hampshire side by four wickets, with George Neave producing an overdue performance.
Neave (2-26) yorked Hampshire Academy prospect Harry Broderick with the first ball of the match - a blow from which Hartley never recovered as Charles Janczur (3-30) left the Cricket Field regulars groaning at the sight of 76-7 on the overhead electronic scoreboard. Anthony Parson (38) revived affairs, but a total of 134 is nigh impossible to defend on the Green.
Rob Nicklin (37) guided Liphook to 67-1, but a wobble saw three cheap wickets fall before Neave hit an unbeaten 39 to secure a four-wicket win at 140-6.
Hampshire Fire Services were called to Havant Park on Tuesday tea-time to extinguish a blaze on the boundary hedge alongside the adjoining railway station. No damage was caused to the cricket square or pavilion and no one was burned or injured. Picture : Michael Booth exploring SPL grounds.
South Wilts lost four top order wickets for three runs – three of them in the space of seven deliveries - at London Road, but recovered to post 198 and then bowl Andover out for 152 to record a fourth successive Southern Premier League Cup win.
The victory secured a third place finish in the nine-team group, with eventual West division winners Bournemouth the only side to beat them in the successful 40-over competition – and that was only by four runs !
South Wilts appeared well placed at 62-1 with Tom Morton (39) threatening a score, but when he holed out to Will Carr the visitors top order fell apart.
Bristol University ecology graduate Rowan Duckworth (3-20) quickly removed Raff Hussey (21) before sending Peter Rowe and Will Harries back to the pavilion in quick succession, both for ducks. South Wilts 65-5.
Ben Draper (56) kept his cool amid the mayhem and found an improbable partner in Steve Warner (31), who justified his promotion up the order in a 72-run sixth-wicket partnership which turned the tide in South Wilts favour.
Matt Hooper and Will Carr made further inroads, but Draper later found another useful ally in Josh Croom (23) and together they added a further 41 to take the game away from Andover.
Tom Lewis was spectacularly caught on the boundary by substitute fielder Ben Black attempting a six to bring up the 200.
It was Croom (3-25), this time with his pacey left-arm bowling, who dismantled Andover’s response, taking out Glyn Treagus, Andrew Duckworth and Carr in quick succession as the Lions sank to 36-5.
Matt Burton (3-30) created further problems before Matt Knight (42) and Richard Taylor, with a no nonsense 49, gave Andover’s 152 respectability.
Cup favourites Sway & Lymington have been dealt a blow on the eve of Wednesday’s Vitality Hampshire Under-19 t20 final against Alton at St Cross Symondians’ Green Jackets Ground, 4pm.
Key all-rounder Cam Robertson, arguably their most influential all-rounder, has been ruled out leaving a gaping hole in the top order batting.
Unchanged Alton, who defended low totals to win their quarter and semi-final ties, are at full strength.
Alton: Freddie Egleston, Abhay Gonella, Tom Green, Jude Wright, Sam Bridger, Ellis Ballinger, Xavier Bochereau, Toby Fuller, Ethan Footit, Gemma Porter, Nathan Vincent.
Sway & Lymington: Jude Tollerfield, Dan Cox, Josh Royan, Josh Bailey, Dan Bailey, Thomas Sykes, Liam McCurdy, Ben Paxton, Danny Paxton, Charlie Hampton, Harrison Gorny.
+ Spectators are welcome to attend and should bring their own fold-up chairs and refreshments. Ample car parking is available.
Purbrook saved their best for last as they brought the curtain down on a forgettable Southern Premier League Cup East campaign with their first victory.
After five successive losses - and a host of low scores - Josh McCoy’s side finished with an exciting two-run victory over Hambledon in Division 2/Division 3. It was their first competitive victory since beating relegated Fareham & Crofton in SP3 in July 2019.
Asked to chase 207 for their opening victory, Purbrook were some way off on 162-8.
But Brad Mengham, below, (60 not out) and tailender Jordan Price (14 not out off just four balls) added an unbroken 44 for the ninth wicket, enabling Purbook to win with nine balls remaining, though they still finished bottom of the group.
Hambledon began badly, losing openers Spencer Le Clerq (0) and Chris Pratt (10) cheaply.
They were dug out trouble by left-hander George Marshall, who hit eight fours and a six in his 75-ball 77. Purbook opening bowlers Price (2-35) and Tom Amis (2-36) impressed, while McCoy (2-44) was a bit more expensive.
In reply, Purbook were 40-2 with opener Josh Spiers (10) and McCoy (0) back in the pavilion.
But opener John Moller - with only 41 runs to his name from four previous SPL innings - struck 55 off 59 balls before he was third out with the score on 94.
Mengham, coming in at No 6, struck three fours and three sixes in his unbeaten half-century as Purbrook finally had something to celebrate. One-time Hampshire left-arm spinner Ian Turner bagged 4-24 but Hambledon were left to rue bowling 17 wides.
St Cross Symondians seconds will play Bournemouth in the Southern Premier League Cup Grand Final at the Green Jackets Ground, Winchester, on Saturday, 12.30.
They clinched their cup final place with a comfortable 61-run win over Rowledge, which clinched top spot in the East Premier/1 group of the 40-over competition introduced in mid-summer when the government gave the go-ahead for recreational cricket to resume.
Bournemouth topped the West group, finishing first with a five-wicket win at Bashley (Rydal).
When the league cup was hurriedly set up in July, St Cross Symondians were allocated slots for their two sides in the East and West regions of the league cup to reflect the status of their teams in the ECB Premier Division and the Division 1 feeder league.
St Cross Symondians IIs were due to have played in the second tier of SPL cricket this summer following last season's promotion from SPL2, but the Winchester club has come under fire from rivals for a 'squad rotation' system which, whilst not breaking any competition rules, others believe has not been in keeping with the Spirit of the Game.
Players have swapped teams, with Hampshire's Harry Came among those to have turned out for both the East and West league cup sides, while 'home grown' county team-mate Felix Organ was controversially drafted into the second team the night before a recent key East win over Alton.
Premier Division regulars Simon Beetham and Ed Ellis have also turned out for both St Cross sides.
Needing a victory to clinch their cup final place, St Cross II made steady progress as they built a 213-6 winning total against Rowledge - Jason Laney (40), Steven Hirst (18) and former Middlesex cricketer Chris Whelan (31) setting the platform for Harry Foyle (pictured above) to hit 71 and Matt Howarth an unbeaten 27.
Rowledge, fielding eight players under-21 years of age, made 152-9 (David Lloyd 33), with David Orchard taking 4-18.
Matt Stokes (above) was the star of the show as Symondians’ West side won by six wickets, chasing down New Milton’s modest 146-8 at Fernhill.
The Guernsey raised all-rounder, who finished with a tidy 3-18 return, struck two early blows before Lee Beck (57) and Joe Hall (31) lifted the Green & Golds from 16-2 to 106-3.
Stokes returned to remove Beck before Charlie Preston (3-22) struck three more blows to leave the hosts defending 146.
St Cross didn’t exactly make easy work of chasing down the target and were 38-3 with the in-form Harry Trussler going for a duck and Came trapped leg before for nine.
Enter Matt Stokes to strike an 11-boundary 73 not out and share a key 71-run partnership with Jack Bransgrove (27) which took St Cross to within touching distance of victory.
St Cross finished second in the log behind Bournemouth, while New Milton captain George Watts (2-33) finished the league cup campaign with 20 wickets.
Hapless Lymington lost eight wickets for 44 runs before plunging to a five-wicket defeat by Totton & Eling at Southern Gardens – their fifth loss in six Southern Premier League Cup West group matches.
They crashed from 102-2 to 146 all out – a total Totton polished off in 23 overs, their run chase eased by Lymington’s wayward bowlers, who sent down 29 wides.
Lymington made a sound enough start, but 42-0 quickly became 50-2 when Terry Crabb (17) missed a straight ball from 15-year old Tom Cheater (2-14), who then nipped out Gareth Schreuder for a fourth ball duck, caught behind by Ollie Thomas.
Cheater, a young year 11 Testwood schoolboy, had brought his geometry homework to the game and clearly got his angles right when he got Schreuder to feather one behind. The crestfallen South African wicketkeeper later had to contend with Lymington’s spray gun bowling. It wasn’t his day …
Nonetheless, Ryan Scott (42) and Cameron Robertson (36) improved Lymington’s lot before the roof caved in. Bright Mugochi helped himself to 3-22 as those eight wickets fell for 44 runs.
The unorthodox Sam Bracey (46) and Owen Morris (25) – aided by that plethora of wides – eased Totton to 85-1 before some wickets fell, but it was purely academic by then.
The new ball had a significant impact at Botley Road, where Burridge lost their first four wickets for only 13 runs and visitors Alton fared even worse, with half their side back in the pavilion with only 29 on the board.
The difference was that Burridge recovered to make 175 and Alton didn’t, the Brewers being bowled out for 97 and beaten by 78 runs.
When Dan Scott (2-16) knocked over Joe Colling-Wells and Chris Blake first ball and then Academy loanee Tom South (2-29) bowled opener Jack Paskins and Hilio De Abreu, Burridge sank to 13-4.
Azim Chowdhury (41) began the recovery in a sixth-wicket stand with Dan Damley-Jones (28), but Burridge were still deep in trouble on 117-7 before Dan Stancliffe (16), Mo Abbas (20) and Sully White (28) – all more than capable lower-order batsmen - boosted the total to 175 all out.
Alton’s top order crumbled almost as easily as Burridge’s had done, with White [left](3-16) and Stancliffe (2-20) did the damage as Alton crashed to 29-5, Michael Heffernan, and teenage pair Freddie Egleston and Jude Wright bagging ducks.
Scott Myers (37) added some respectability to Alton’s eventual 97 all out, Abbas (3-17) removing the Brewers’ top scorer before taking the last two wickets.
Chris Morgan produced a stunning all-round performance by hitting 71 and then taking five cheap Sarisbury Athletic wickets as Havant romped to a 148-run Southern Premier League Cup victory to clinch second place in the East Premier/1 group.
Morgan (71) and opener Peter Hopson (70) shared a century fourth-wicket partnership as Havant eased to 223-9 (Jordan Wright 3-50).
The Havant captain, utilizing his skills and benefitting from batting higher up the order, twice cleared the Allotment Road boundary alongside hitting eight fours, while Hopson hit nine fours.
Two early strikes by Richard Jerry (2-20) led to Sarisbury dropping to 39-4 (Sam Floyd 18) before Morgan (left) emerged with his flighted left-arm spin.
He sliced through the rest of the Athletic batting to take five of the last six wickets to fall at a personal cost of 20 runs. Sarisbury Athletic were 75 all out.
Morgan finished the truncated season with 20 wickets, three more than teenager Freddie Gadd, who also bowls left-arm spin, took 17 in his debut SPL season.
Bournemouth will face St Cross Symondians in the Southern Premier League Cup Grand Final in Winchester on Saturday (12.30) after beating Bashley (Rydal) by five wickets.
The victory, based on a century-plus opening partnership between Nick Park and Tom Robinson, ensured that Bournemouth finished top of the West group.
They chased down Bashley’s under-par 174-8 with almost four overs to spare, the hosts not helping themselves with some erratic bowling which culminated in 28 wides and no-balls being conceded.
The zone decider turned in Bournemouth’s favour midway through the Bashley innings when, with the score at 80-1, top scorer Ben Walker (42) was run out by Sam Collins in a “yes/no” mix-up with Alex Turner (35) who returned to the BCG pavilion 12 runs later at 91-3.
Michael Porter (20) tried to pick up the pieces, but it was largely due to the emerging Jacob Gordon (39), aided by Josh Digby (17), that Bashley reached 174-8, the last three wickets falling for a mere seven runs.
Bashley needed Brad Currie to make early inroads if they were to put Bournemouth’s often uncertain batting under pressure, but whilst the left-armer returned a tidy 2-16 off his eight overs, a breakthrough was a long time coming.
Their cause wasn’t helped when fellow left-arm seamer Ben Fletcher pulled up lame, leaving captain Porter with precious little bowling experience to call upon.
Park and Tom Robinson took full advantage, although the Poole Town raised all-rounder injured a hamstring and had to bat with Chris Park as a runner for a large chunk of his innings.
Nonetheless, Robinson (pictured below) did his job splendidly, hitting 52, virtually half the 106-run opening stand with Park, which gave Bournemouth the perfect launch in their quest for a Grand Final place.
Bournemouth’s innings became becalmed when Currie, in his second spell, dismissed Collins and Adam Davies and Digby bowled the out-of-touch Luke Matthews at 148-5. Only ten runs came off 35 deliveries.
But the experienced Nick Park remained unflustered and, even though Simon Woodruff was run out (162-5), carefully eased Bournemouth towards their target, striking 12 boundaries in an unbeaten 71 which saw the Lions home with almost four overs to spare.
Jack Marston was trapped leg before wicket just ten runs shy of a century against Portsmouth, but by the time Sparsholt dismissed him the city visitors were on the brink of an eight-wicket Southern Premier League Cup win.
Marston and left-hand opener Ben Duggan pinged fours and sixes all around the compact Locks Lane ground as Portsmouth raced past Sparsholt’s 164 with 1`5 overs to spare.
Marston cleared the boundary rope six times, alongside hitting 12 fours – 84 of his 90 runs coming in boundaries.
Duggan was a little more circumspect, hitting three sixes and two fours in his 50, the pair putting on 144 for the first wicket.
Joe Kooner-Evans and Harrison Webb shared six of the Sparsholt wickets, while Mike Haworth (39), Tom Foster (33) and Liam Doran (26) top scored for the Winchester club, who lost all seven of their East group League Cup matches.
Sparsholt's prospects of posting a competitive total effectively disappeared when they lost three quick wickets in mid-innings - a tidy 72-2 soon became 79-5 - before Haworth and Doran repaired the damage.
Bournemouth, St Cross Symondians II and Portsmouth & Southsea have joined Bashley (Rydal) II in the inaugural Southern Premier League Cup Grand Finals on Saturday afternoon September 20.
Bournemouth clinched the West Premier/1 'title' with a five-wicket win at Bashley (Rydal), with St Cross Symondians confirming top spot in East Premier/1 with a victory over Rowledge.
Portsmouth & Southsea's victory over Waterlooville ensured first place in East 2/3 - they like Liphook & Ripsley took maximum points from their last group game and will host Bashley (Rydal) II at St James's Park.
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Burridge 175 (Chowdhury 41, Damley-Jones 28, White 28, Scott 2-16) beat Alton 97 (S Myers 37, White 3-16, Abbas 3-17) by 78 runs.
Havant 223-9 (Morgan 71, Hopson 70, Stone 23, Wright 3-50) beat Sarisbury Athletic 75 (Morgan 5-20) by 148 runs.
Portsmouth 168-2 (Marston 90, Duggan 50) beat Sparsholt 164 (Haworth 39, Foster 33, L Doran 26, Kooner-Evans 3-20, Webb 3-31) by eight wickets.
St Cross Symondians II 213-6 (H Foyle 71, Laney 40, Haworth 27*) beat Rowledge 152-9 (Lloyd 33, Orchard 4-18) by 61 runs.
Bournemouth 175-5 (N Park 71*, Robinson 52) beat Bashley (Rydal) 174-8 (Walker 42, Gordon 39, A Turner 35) by five wickets.
South Wilts 198 (Draper 56, Morton 39, Warner 31, Duckworth 3-20) beat Andover 152 (Knight 42, Croom 3-25, Burton 3-30) by 46 runs.
St Cross Symondians 147-4 (Stokes 73*, Bransgrove 27) beat New Milton 146-8 (L Beck 57, Hall 31, Stokes 3-19, Preston 3-22) by six wickets.
Totton & Eling 148-5 (Bracey 46, Morris 25) beat Lymington 146 (Scott 42, Robertson 36, Mugochi 3-22) by five wickets.
Liphook & Ripsley 140-6 (Neave 39*, Nicklin 37, Brown 3-37) beat Hartley Wintney 134 (Parson 38, Rowland 23, Jancur 3-30) by four wickets.
Portsmouth & Southsea 136-5 (M Benfield 80, Silva 3-13) beat Waterlooville 135(Verma 28, Reynolds 25, Goddard 24, Turrell 4-16) by five wickets.
Purbrook 206-8 (Mengham 60*, Moller 55, Turner 4-24) beat Hambledon 202-9 (Marshall 77) by two wickets.
Fair Oak 171-2 (G McKenzie 56, Gwynn 52*, Hughes 36*) beat Hythe & Dibden 170-6 (Young 62, Wakely 34, Gates 31, Gwynn 3-30) by eight wickets.
Fawley 128-5 (D Streather 44*, Dunn 3-21) beat Paultons 124 (Smart 41, Forster 5-10, B Parratt 3-25) by five wickets.
Langley Manor 156-5 (Budd 39, Smith 24, Harris 21, Bamford 4-55) beat Trojans 152-8 (Boyd 41, Doubell 4-46) by five wickets.
Old Tauntonians & Romsey 163-3 ( ) beat South Wilts II 159-9 (Edwards 36, Richards 25, Bampton 4-15, Trodd 3-35) by seven wickets.
Rowledge are continuing to back their youth policy to the hilt and plan to send eight Under-21 year old’s into the fray against Southern Premier League Cup East group leaders St Cross Symondians at the Green Jackets.
Three of the youngsters – Ollie Baker, Will Ryman and Jonty Sebborn – head off to university next week, while several others, including recent five-wicket pair Ryan Littlewood and Ethan Martin have just begun their GCSE year 11 studies.
“Six of those lads got us to the Surrey U19 t20 finals – a fantastic achievement – so it promises to be another learning curve day against St Cross,” smiled Rowledge skipper Ben Wish.
St Cross Symondians will certainly be up for it as a win will guarantee them top spot in the East division and a place in next Saturday’s Grand Final.
Rowledge: B Wish, J Wish, Lloyd, R Yates, Baker, Sebborn, E Martin, M Martin, W Ryman, O Ryman, Littlewood.
Second placed Havant are the only side who can overhaul St Cross, but it will mean the Winchester club losing and them winning at Sarisbury Athetic for that to happen.
Havant name and unchanged side, while Sarisbury – who have beaten the Hampshire Academy at Allotment Road in the 40-over competition - have skipper Ricky Rawlins back.
Sarisbury Athletic: Rawlins, Floyd, Smith, Lovett, J Hill, Wright, Franklin, Sanders, S Hill, Jewell, Orr.
Havant: Harry Gadd, Hopson, Stone, Hindley, Morgan, Perkins, Bulled, Freddie Gadd, Taw, Stares, Jerry.
Alton are boosted by the return of Hampshire Academy loanee Tom South for the visit to Burridge who, in turn, recall Ollie Southon, believed to be one of the fastest bowlers on the local scene. Tom Green makes his debut.
Alton: Harris, South, Mike Heffernan, Wright, Egleston, Myers, Mark Heffernan, Green, Scott, Bochereau, Paul.
Portsmouth will be minus broken leg victim Dan Wallis for the visit to Sparsholt – the Chichester university batsman suffering the injury while on holiday in Portugal.
Portsmouth: J Marston, T Wallis, Smitherman, Christian, Woolf, Hammond, Kooner-Evans, McArdle, A Marston, Webb.
Little more than 12 months ago, Bashley (Rydal beat Bournemouth at Chapel Gate to secure the ECB Southern Premier League championship for the first time.
How ironic then that, a year and a bit on, the roles are reversed with the Lions having to go to Bashley - and win - to finish top of the 40-over League Cup West group.
And win at the BCG they must, because if Bashley beat them, top place will probably go to St Cross Symondians, if they beat Rowledge at the Green Jackets.
Eleven points separate the top four West group places going into the final round of matches which also see South Wilts visiting rock bottom Andover.
Rounding the matches up (to six each), Bournemouth have 106 points, St Cross Symondians 101, South Wilts 98, with Bashley (Rydal) on 95.
Bournemouth have won all five matches since being crushed by St Cross Symondians in their opening game back on July 18, though they’ve sailed close to the wind in their last two victories over Lymington and New Milton.
They make one change for the visit to the BCG with opener Sam Collins returning. No surprise teenager Ollie Breckon retaining his place after his career-best 6-16 at Fernhill.
Ben Walker is back to beef up Bashley’s top order, but left-arm spinner Dom Clutterbuck has landed a sports coaching role at Bishop's Stortford School, where one of his scholars is the son of a world famous rock star (any ideas ?), so won’t be playing against his old club.
Bashley are also assessing Josh Digby, who badly bruised an index finger attempting a return catch off a fierce straight drive from South Wilts’ batsman Raff Hussey last week.
“A lot of players wouldn’t have gone for it, the ball was struck so hard,” revealed Bashley captain Michael Porter. “Credit to Josh, he’s clearly made of tough stuff and will be on hand early to do the catching drills.”
Porter was almost apologetic about having to leave twin opener James Turner out of the side.
“It unfortunate as James had an encouraging game at South Wilts last week, but Ben Walker’s experience and quality is a key component for us, so we had no choice but to leave him out,” he explained.
Bashley (Rydal): Jacques, A Turner, B Walker, Porter, Fisher, Gordon, Digby, G Wilson, B Currie, Crisp, Fletcher.
Bournemouth: N Park, Robinson, Collins, Davies, Matthews, C Park, Pack, Hurley, Breckon, Mixer, Conway.
As usual, second placed St Cross Symondians – away to New Milton - keep their team selection under wraps, but South Wilts are without James Hayward and Jack Mynott for the A303 derby with Andover at London Road.
Ben Draper has rushed home from a Snowdonia holiday to play and is relieved that teenage left-hander Jack Stearman is fit after turning his ankle in a fielding accident at Bemerton last week.
Teenage left-arm quick Josh Croom, who has been training with the Australia t20 squad at the Ageas Bowl, will spice up a lively pace attack.
South Wilts: Draper, Morton, Stearman, Hussey, Rowe, Grant, Warner, Wade, Croom, Lewis, Burton.
Lymington, with only one win in five, have come up with a novel idea of curing their shortage of runs by naming 12 players for the last day game with Totton & Eling at Southern Gardens.
They won’t all be able to play, of course, but young skipper Josh Royan is hopeful that island journeyman Josh Proctor will play after turning out for Northwood in the All Wight League in recent weeks.
Lymington: Royan, D Bailey, J Bailey, Robertson, Tollerfield, Freeman, Crabb, Layman, Proctor, Scott, Schreuder, Sykes.
With a handy three point advantage tucked under their belts, Portsmouth & Southsea are favourites to top Southern Premier League East 2/3 – but they are more than wary of the danger Waterlooville could create to their Grand Final ambitions in the final round of fixtures.
The pair meet at St James’s Park with P & S knowing a victory will virtually seal a Grand Final place against Bashley (Rydal) seconds, the already confirmed West 2/3 winners.
But a slip up could let in second placed Liphook & Ripsley, whose final game is at Hartley Wintney.
Portsmouth & Southsea have won all four games in their weather interrupted East region campaign, but the Ville were going well with four successive wins of their own until they came a cropper against a James Mulvey inspired Hartley Wintney last weekend. The Kiwi left-hander hit a century.
Portsmouth & Southsea: Davies, M Benfield, Kanavan, Davidson, T Benfield, Lee, Saunders, Peach, Wiley, Turrell, Dunstan.
Liphook, who also have four wins, will look to bat first and post a formidable total at Hartley Wintney, where the Ville’s modest 192-9 was simply blown away last weekend.
Emerging Hampshire Academy all-rounder Harry Broderick, who has been training with the Australia one-day squad at the Ageas Bowl, may turn out for Hartley Wintney, having not played any competitive cricket for the past fortnight.
Hartley’s leg-spin all-rounder Angus Brown has been picked to play for the England Physical Disability team against the Lord’s Taverners’ in Tring on Sunday. The 18-year old is off to Scotland shortly to begin a gap year teacher post at an Edinburgh private school.
With only one win and just four games played, its been a disappointing part-season for Hambledon, who include one-time Hampshire left-arm spinner Ian Turner for the eagerly awaited visit to winless Purbrook.
The campaign began so well with Henry Glanfield hitting a century to set up a win over Gosport Borough, but a combination of wet pitches and three defeats has sent the season off course, though Chris Pratt has made his mark with some decent batting performances.
Hambledon: Le Clerq, Pratt, Glanfield, Marshall, Chakrabarti, Moger, Butcher, Turner, Pearce, Restall, Hardman.
It’s all done and dusted in the West, where Bashley (Rydal) certain to finish ahead of Fair Oak, even though they suffered a heavy defeat by South Wilts II last weekend.
Oaks finish off at Hythe & Dibden, who expect all-rounder Andy Wakely back for the in-form Zac Millar. South Wilts host OTs & Romsey.
Hythe & Dibden: T Richards, A Wakely, T Gates, M Young, L Mills, D Taylor, B Holbrook, A Oliver, M Bowman, T Ndowora, I White.
In the other games, Langley Manor host Trojans and Paultons make the short trip down the A326 to Fawley, who field a father and son combination, plus two sets of brothers.
Fawley: C Earl, Munir, K Earl, B Streather, C Parratt, Forster, Edwards, Freeman, B Parratt, Bryers, Tona.
Standing (from left): Ben Paxton, Danny Paxton, Dan Cox, Josh Bailey, Dan Bailey, Liam McCurdy. Front: Jude Tollerfield, Tom Sykes, Hugo Smith, Cameron Robertson, Josh Royan.
Cameron Robertson survived a potentially freak hit-wicket dismissal to score an unbeaten half-century and guide Sway & Lymington into the Vitality Hampshire Under-19 t20 final with a comfortable nine-wicket win over Fair Oak.
He hit 53 not out as the combined New Forest side easily chased down Oaks’ 96-7 to set up a cup final meeting with Alton. But midway through his innings, Robertson appeared to tread on his stumps and dislodge the bails – but none of the Fair Oak fielders appealed, so he survived !
Earlier, Fair Oak lost wickets all the way down the line with Harry Reed (21) and Ben Smith (18) top scoring in the 15-overs per side contest. Sway had reached 91 before Ralf Fetherstonhaugh yorked Bailey for Oak’s only wicket.
THE VITALITY UNDER-19 CUP FINAL IS AT ST CROSS SYMONDIANS ON WEDNESDAY, 4PM
Fair Oak, beaten semi-finalists.
Standing (from left): Rob Munday, Ravi Chahal, Ralf Fetherstonhaugh, Tom Merrill, Tom Clark, Joeh Turner. Front: Sam Reed, Ben Smith, Harry Reed, Matt White, Lewis Goodyear.
Paul Langley, who spent his formative cricket days playing for Gosport Borough in the Southern League, is set to play his England debut in a Fifties International match against Wales at Radlett on Saturday.
Langley, now 55, learned his trade as a batsman/wicket-keeper at Privett Park for ten years alongside the likes of Worcestershire & England seamer Phil Newport, Alan Wassell, Peter Farley and Mike Swain before moving to Yorkshire in 1986.
He now skippers the Yorkshire Over-50s county side, beaten finalists in last season’s ECB County Championships.
After leaving Gosport, he played Yorkshire League cricket for several seasons for Castleford and later in 2009 opened the batting for Streethouse in the Village Cup final at Lord’s and hit 68 as his side lost by six runs to the East Sussex club Glynde & Beddingham.
Langley, whose late father Ken was a regular choice wicket-keeper for the Royal Navy and the Combined Services before becoming a lead NCA coach, played cricket alongside his brothers Shaun and Gareth (now in Sydney) locally.
He was also a talented rugby player in his younger days, playing stand-off for Gosport & Fareham before switching codes and playing rugby league as a full-back for Castleford and later Bramley.
GOSPORT BOROUGH EIGHTIES STYLE
Seated (from left): Ray Porter, Jim Stares, Mick Swain, Roger Cawte, Alan Wassell. Standing: Geoff Wheeler, John Wassell, Tony Stares, Phil Newport, Paul Langley, Terry Lewis. The News.
Southern Premier League Cup
Burridge v Alton, Sarisbury Athletic v Havant, Sparsholt v Portsmouth, St Cross Symondians v Rowledge.
Andover v South Wilts, Bashley (Rydal) v Bournemouth, New Milton v St Cross Symondians, Totton & Eling v Lymington.
Hartley Wintney v Liphook & Ripsley, Portsmouth & Southsea v Waterlooville, Purbrook v Hambledon.
Fawley v Paultons, Hythe & Dibden v Fair Oak, Langley Manor v Trojans, South Wilts II v Old Tauntonians & Romsey.
Stu Shapland (87) and Darren McBride (85 not out) had plenty to laugh about after sharing a 146-run partnership for the Hampshire Seniors against Sussex Over-50s in the magnificent surroundings of Arundel Castle - but their efforts went unrewarded.
The pair came together after Michael Bell (3-38) had reduced Hampshire to 74-4, but took the visitors to 229-5 off 40 overs, the partnership yielding six (Shapland) sixes and 20 fours.
But Sussex later unleashed their own century pair to even greater effect, with Gary Hunt (80) and man-of-the-match Bell (73) unbroken with 136 as the hosts chased down the target to win by seven wickets with ten balls to spare. Bell helped Warwickshire win the County Championship in 1994.
There were two champagne moments : the superb (bangers and mash and apple/rasberry jam/custard sweet) lunch (which clearly impacted the Seniors in the field) and wicket-keeper Neil Sutherland smartly stumping Sussex opener Julian Hunt, just as a WW2 spitfire roared low overhead.
Tom Richards is trying to fathom out how Hythe & Dibden, having gifted 38 wides, still managed to beat Southern Premier League Cup rivals Paultons, who contrived to snatch the proverbial defeat from the jaws of victory in a bizarre finale to the West 2/3 duel at Whitemoor Lane.
Almost five overs of the match remained when Paultons - at 187-8 and Nathan Feltham the crease – were five runs shy of overhauling Hythe’s 191-3.
“The game seemed to be up for us at that stage and when two stumpings were missed and a catch was dropped off a maiden I bowled, we all thought the game was most certainly gone,” he admitted.
But with the first ball of the 35th over, Ian White (3-22) bowled Feltham (43) going for a big, potentially match winning hit and with his next delivery had Andrew Denny caught by Matt Young, who had spilled an easier one the previous over.
Earlier Josh Metcalfe (47) and teenage left-hander Ben Rogers (26) had guided Paultons into a strong position at 113-3, but the host side continued to give their wickets away cheaply, young spinner Ben Holbrook cashing in with 3-51.
Matt Young had underpinned the Hythe innings, carrying his bat for an unbeaten 91, which included three sixes and six fours – his highest score in five seasons.
Waterside’s Young Sportsman of the Year in 2018, Young flourished in a 143-run stand with Zac Millar (62), who cleared the boundary rope three times and is ending the truncated season in a rich vein of form.
“Matt batted brilliantly and I’m pleased he managed to push on from another strong start on this occasion,” Richards continued.
Harry Tulk was run out just four short of a richly deserved century, having single-handedly glued the Old Tauntonians & Romsey innings together and, in doing so, set up a 22-run victory over Southern Premier League Cup rivals Fawley at Holbury.
Tulk’s 96, which contained two sixes and nine fours, spared OTs from a total batting disaster as no other player managed to reach double figures !
Teenager Connor Parratt (3-58) and elder brother Bailey (2-18) quickly reduced the visitors to 17-4, leaving Tulk to navigate his own solo journey.
OTs hugely benefitted from the 47 wides Fawley threw in – Connor Parratt conceding 28 of them – but remained in the mire at 106-8 when Tulk (left) was joined by left-arm spinner Matt Bampton.
The ninth-wicket pair added 66 to lift OTs to what turned out to be a winning 175-9 total.
Sufian Munir, who drives from Kent to play on Waterside each weekend, looked capable of winning the game on his own as he crashed four sixes and six fours.
But when he fell for 61 at 90 – lured out by the Bampton brothers – and Will Crossley (19) followed immediately, Fawley’s threat faded.
They lost five wickets for 26 runs, after which only Bailey Parratt (26) made his mark before becoming one of three victims for Jody Brown (3-37). Fawley closed 153-9.
Alton successfully defended a 110-8 total to beat fancied Portsmouth by 15 runs to clinch a place in the Vitality Hampshire Under-19 t20 Cup final against favourites Sway & Lymington, who beat Fair Oak by nine wickets in the other semi-final.
They made a positive start through Abhay Gonella (39) and skipper Freddie Egleston (20) but tailed off from a healthy 74-2 to post 110-8. Henry Woolf (3-19), Tom Wallis (3-11) and Jacob Harris (2-26) shared the wickets for Portsmouth after Gonella had launched two sixes over the St Helen's pavilion. He was smartly stumped by Jack Collett, the first of three victims off Wallis's spin.
Openers Harris and Wallis perished to Jude Wright (2-14), but Portsmouth were at their most dangerous while Joe Krooner-Evans (26) and Woolf (28) were at the crease. Alas, both holed out in the deep when they appeared set, both to the left-arm of Egleston (3-19), the catch by Nathan Vincent, low down and on the run at deep long-off unquestionably the champagne moment of the night. It was also a semi-final tie clincher as Portsmouth fell away to finish 95-7 in the gathering Southsea seafront gloom.
Standing (from left): Gemma Porter, Ellis Ballinger, Sam Bridger, Jude Wright, Ethan Footit, Xavier Bochereau
Kneeling: Toby Fuller, Tom Green, Freddie Egleston, Abhay Gonella, Nathan Vincent.