They lost by 11 runs to the District side, despite a half-century by last man standing Joe Vaughan, who had the misfortune to be run out by his non-striking partner in the last over, when Compton were eyeing an Ageas Bowl victory.
Chasing Strikers’ 130-5, CCF lost two wickets in Harlan Randell’s opening over and later dropped to 45-3 before Vaughan and Alex Lovell (29) recovered the situation.
Portsmouth & Southsea all-rounder Randell (3-23) returned to remove Lovell, but Vaughan fought on and needed to score 12 runs off the last six balls of the match to get Compton home.
But then Lovell was run out – and relieved South East Hants celebrated a narrow win.
SHE are now the only unbeaten side, having rallied themselves after a simararly uncertain start against Compton.
Gosport Borough spin all-rounder Jack Richards, who shone in both his side’s victories, made an unbeaten 32 and shared a key stand with Randell (21) as Strikers dragged themselves out of the mire.
A weakened Hook & Newnham Hurricanes lost both their matches, despite the efforts of little left-hander Harry Robson, who batted well in both their defeats.
Compton trimmed Hook (113) by four wickets in their other match.
Hook & Newnham Hurricanes 113 (Robson 40, Armstrong 26)
Compton & Chandler’s Ford 115-2 (Dhariwal 27*, Khan 26*, Vaughan 25*)
Compton & Chandler’s Ford won by four wickets.
South East Hants Strikers 126-3 (Kanovan 26*, Harris 25*, Richards 25*)
Hook & Newnham Hurricanes 106-2 (Neville 26*, Taylor 25*, Robson 21)
South East Hants Strikers won by 24 runs.
South East Hants Strikers 130-5 (Richards 32*, Randell 21, Harris 16)
Compton & Chandler’s Ford 119 (Vaughan 55, Lovell 29, Randell 3-23)
South East Hants Strikers won by 11 runs