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Longparish stay top after derby victory
1:50pm Tuesday 6th August 2013 in Sport
Longparish v Whitchurch.
A Whitchurch XI missing several regular first team players visited local rivals and league leaders Longparish for their latest league game.
James Heyward made the breakthrough in the third over after restricting Longparish to less than a run an over.
Longparish skipper Paul Blackmore dug in along with Adam Lister and the pair put on 111 for the second wicket before Lister departed in the 28th over for 41. Blackmore followed soon after for a season best 84, leaving Ben Gardner 24, Barry Blackmore 30 and Justin Jackman 43 to push the Longparish total on to 253-5 with Nigel Marriot 2-43 and Jack Dancer the pick of the Whitchurch attack. In reply Whitchurch struggled in the face of Longparish's makeshift opening attack. Harry Martin demonstrated why he has become such an important addition to the Longparish squad with 3-12 from ten overs and Matt Jackman took 1-14 from the other end as Whitchurch slumped to 25-4. Dancer top scored with 34 and Tom Dodd made 27 but Ben Gardner took 4-29 to secure a 147 run win for Longparish.
St Mary Bourne v Longparish II.
Electing to bowl first on a greenish track, home skipper Martin Clay may have had second thoughts in this local derby as Gary Taplin (28) and Bob Sturt (38), making his comeback alongside U13 son Scott, had the scoreboard rattling along with 56 after 12 overs.
Sturt rolled back the years until he was undone by a fast Clay yorker. Thereafter the ‘Parish innings was all about careful accumulation with youngsters Will Jackman (14) and Dan Bearpark (14) batting sensibly. Clay finished with 3-54 and Rob King (3-21)to restrict the visitors to 163-9.
The Bourne response couldn’t have gone better as Ian Hares (84) and Tris Comber (26) compiled a superb opening stand of 133.
Accurate bowling by Sam Woodward and Tim Oram kept Longparish II in the game.
Hares was at times back to something like his brutal best and was very unlucky to be run out with the total on 161. This commenced an alarming passage as Bourne lost three wickets, including a further careless run-out, while still needing three to win. Thankfully, Jamie King remained calm and stroked the winning boundary to complete a five wicket win with five overs to spare.