After a few disappointing weeks the end of the season got a bit more exciting with all three teams winning on Saturday.
The First Team travelled to Hambledon and bowled first after winning the toss. At drinks Hambledon were 113-4 and a big total to chase was possible especially with 12 wides already sent down. However a great bowling and fielding spell saw Hambledon dismissed for just 157. Wayne Smith ended with remarkable figures of 10-6-21-4 with fourteen runs coming off his second over. Adam Freeman took with 3-25 and Bailey Parratt 2-42, with even Andy catching one off his bowling.
In reply an opening partnership of 28 was soon forgotten as three quick wickets fell and at 37-3 off 12 overs the chase looked a tricky one. But then a 124 run unbeaten partnership between Suni Munir (who was dropped first ball) and Will Crossley meant the game was won with 16 overs to spare. Both batsmen faced 68 balls with Suni ending on 60 not out and Will 56 not out. After their great partnership at Havant they obviously like batting together.
The win moves the Firsts up to 7th place but with two weeks to go there is still lots of hard work remaining.
The Second Team were missing skipper Rob Leach, who was a late call up for the Firsts, and were led by the experience of Chairman Chris Tona. A four wicket win later and he was campaigning for the role on a permanent basis.
The Second Team are now 5th with one week to go but with Brockenhurst and Breamore facing the bottom two teams third place maybe out of reach.
The Third Team don’t have a game next week so finished their campaign with a 7 wicket win away at Bashley V. Captain John Church again picked a winning line up that didn’t include him but obviously has passed on all his knowledge already. Hopefully he doesn’t teach everyone this skill.
After two disappointing weeks where all 3 teams have lost the season heats up with three weeks left in the HCL and four in the SPL.
The First Team are in action at home to Lymington II in a must win game. Luckily regular wicketkeeper Kieran Earl is back.
The Second Team have fallen to 8th place and need a win away at Mudeford II and a lot of help from other results to get to the 3rd place spot. It is rumoured Chairman Chris Tona will be making an appearance to add experience to the line up.
The Third Team look to bounce back from a crushing defeat at Ringwood when they host Burley II on the New Forest Academy pitch.
Good luck to all and hopefully the last few weeks of the season will bring a few wins.
The First Team lost by 27 runs to Purbrook on Saturday. Some good news saw Ali Bryers return to the line up and take 4 wickets while Bailey Parratt scored his first SPL 50 nearly leading the side to victory. The scorecard is here.
The Second Team beat Pylewell II by 9 wickets. Pylewell were bowled out for 142 with Riley Tona taking 4 wickets and Jack Pinto three. Skipper Rob Leach had to have a bowl as Andy McElhenny injured himself after taking two wickets. In reply Elliott Earl (with his 2nd 50 in a row) and Jon Painter saw the team home in double quick time.
The Third Team won by 6 wickets chasing Suttoners’ 236-5 with John Doe scoring a magnificent 107 entering him into the Hall of Fame.
Good News – the 2nd Team won their 4th game in a row and are now up to 5th in the league. Batting first they scored 165-7 with Jon Painter scoring 48 and Jason Ford 43. In reply stand in skipper Brad Cooper used his bowling resources (which included Dean Godden and Ben Bolton) well to restrict Parley II to 148-7.
Bad news – the 1st Team kept up their 100% record. They went down to a 42 run defeat at Lymington II. The scorecard is here.
The 3rd Team lost by 10 wickets away at Verwood II. Happy Birthday to Mr Church anyway.