South Wilts claim fourth win
South Wilts owed much to seventh-wicket pair Rob Franklin and Steve Riddle for the 64-run victory over Totton & Eling that secured a fourth successive ECB Southern Electric Premier League win for the Salisbury club.
That impressive start was under threat at Bemerton as Totton eked out the South Wilts top six for 102.
But Franklin (55) and Riddle (53), both more than capable middle-order batsmen, took the game away from Totton with an 88-run partnership and steered South Wilts to a competitive 241 for nine.
Totton threatened again at 99 without loss, but fell away against a three-pronged spin attack and were dismissed for 177.
James Taylor (3-16) was largely responsible for dismantling the South Wilts top order, in which Glenn Maxwell (31), who has now been handed a contract with Hampshire, and Owen Alsop (23) made starts.
But the Franklin-Riddle partnership proved decisive and turned the ride.
Darron Augustus, who finished his second spell with a 3-45 return, made 47 in Totton’s 99-run opening stand with George Marshall (45).
But when four wickets fell for five runs at a crucial stage, Totton lost their way – and eventually the match.
In-form Dave Taylor perished for a duck, leaving namesake James Taylor (39 not out) to battle it out against 30 overs of spin.
Left-armer James Hayward (3-29) and Maxwell (2-38) cut through the lower Totton order to leave the Eels 177 all out and South Wilts celebrating a 22-point maximum win.
Simon Ridley hit his best ECB Southern Electric Premier League score as Bashley (Rydal) scrambled over the line, beating Alton by five wickets at the Jubilee Ground.
Ironically, the former Bournemouth all-rounder’s previous best of 81 came against Alton.
His unbeaten 84 proved key as Bashley, having been 127 without loss chasing Alton’s 209 for six, stuttered once the opening partnership had been broken and only got home with four balls to spare.
Alton lost two early wickets to Kevin Nash (4-32) but rallied through Ryan Hale (67) and Scott Myers (63), whose 117-run stand was pivotal to the innings.
Bashley appeared to be cruising home while Neil Thurgood (65) and Ridley were together.
But a double breakthrough by Julian Ballinger (2-49), which saw Hampshire’s Sean Terry hit a six and then get out, put a different complexion on things.
Richard Morris (24) chipped in, but when spinner Jack Myers (2-34) broke through again, Bashley needed Ridley’s cool head to inch them home.
Ridley’s sibling brother Chris, who also left Bournemouth in the close season, made his maiden half-century in Ventnor’s colours.
But, unlike his brother, he finished a loser as defending champions, Havant beat the islanders’ by seven-wickets.
Ridley and Adam Hose (76) put on 126 for Ventnor’s second wicket, but the visitors used up for too many overs at the outset and their modest 185 for four (Ian Hilsum 30) was never likely to be enough.
And so it proved, with Ben Walker (59) and Peter Hopson (40) giving Havant a 104-run platform from which to launch a comfortable run chase.
Stuart Ransley (38) and Richard Hindley (20 not out) tidied things up.