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Park life for Tichborne

Tichborne Park have concluded one of the best seasons in their history with success achieved from top to bottom.

The club’s continually improving colts section, which now has seven qualified coaches, returned just rewards for their efforts.

The under-nines spent the entire season unbeaten whilst the under-11s were Oliver Cup runners-up. The under-13s and under-15s showed increasing promise with a number of them representing the men’s sides.

The Midweek XI were runners-up in the Winchester and District Evening League but won the Igglesden Trophy in near darkness against Compton and Chandlers' Ford.

The club also reached the regional final in the npower Village Knockout and looked set to progress further before the rain intervened. In an earlier round Martin Cheyney, Ed Primmer and John Cook had racked up 384 runs in 40 overs against Hurstbourne Priors.

The First XI bounced back from relegation to record seventh in Division 3 of the Southern Premier League. Tom Allam led the attack superbly, finishing with 29 league wickets, and now heads to Australia to gain more experience.

Micky Butler also contributed 29 wickets whilst Cheyney led the way with the bat by scoring 443 runs.

The Second XI enjoyed a rags to riches story which saw them eventually gain promotion on the last game of the season. Quite a turnaround after they lost three games on the spin at the start of the year.

Wicketkeeper Bruce Prevett hit more than 500 runs to go with 27 dismissals behind the timbers while Trev Booker scored 450 including a fine century during the stunning win over Liss. He also finished with 27 wickets, three less than leg-spinner Ryan Carter.

The Thirds were promoted to Regional Division 3 North East for the first time in their history. Successful captain Darren Barrett was indebted to the reliable triumvirate of Gary Hole, Mark Masters and Kev Bristow who scored a combined 1,500 runs.

Veteran Stu Primmer once again provided the bowling impetus, supported by youngster Russell Masters and the new faces of Andy Luff and Dave Matthews. Mark Masters also had a surprising impact with the ball, recording two consecutive five-fors as the season drew to a close.

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