Seventeen wickets fell for less than 150 runs before Premier Division 1 leaders Portsmouth scrambled an unconvincing victory over run shy Bournemouth at Chapel Gate.
They rushed the Dorset side out for 73 (Jake Hurley 27), but slipped to 56-6 themselves before getting across the line. The city club now face a top-of-the-table showdown with Basingstoke & North Hants at St Helen's, Southsea, on Saturday.
Basingstoke rushed Rowledge out for 80 before romping to an eight-wicket win, with Dan Belcher taking 3-10 and Mitch Stokes two cheap wickets in the tail. Chris Froud’s 37 not out finished it off.
A half-century by New Zealander James O'Gorman (57) and a six-wicket haul by off-spinner Matt Hooper (6-52) earned Andover a 12-run victory over Old Tauntonians & Romsey.
Andover were 21-3 when the Kiwi made his half-century, but equally significant was Mike Adams (29) whose late runs pot 165 on the board. Harry Tulk (47) and Stu Shapland (36) looked to have won it for OTR, but Hooper stepped in to change the course of the game.
One-time Hampshire Academy prospect Peter Hammond cracked 82 off 50 balls as Sarisbury Athletic maintained their challenge at the top of SPL1 with a high scoring 77-run win over Totton& Eling.
It was Hammond’s first innings of the season, but there few signs of rustiness as he smacked three sixes and ten fours in a knock which propelled Sarisbury to an unassailable 335-7.
Totton replied with a creditable 258-7, leaving the over-worked scorers to log an aggregate 593 runs, 12 maximums and 64 fours.
Ryan Covey (61) and Basil Akram (58) provided a 109-run launch for Sarisbury, which Harry Hovey (58) and Sam Floyd (44), batting alongside Hammond, improved.
James Taylor (59) opened up well for Totton, for whom Zimbabwean import Mark Mbofana later hit an unbeaten 75 to earn the Eels a handy haul of batting bonus points.