Fine weekend for Longparish

Basingstoke Gazette: Under 15 Billy Mead impressed on his debut for Longparish on Saturday Under 15 Billy Mead impressed on his debut for Longparish on Saturday

Longparish v Liphook and Ripsley II.

On a top track Liphook and Ripsley II batted first and scored at just shy of a run a ball to close on 257-4 with Pete Woodland unbeaten on 127 in his first game for Liphook II this season.

Weather intervened and after much maths a revised target of 183 from 30 overs was decided upon.

In gloomy conditions Longparish lost an early wicket but U15 Billy Mead on debut stroked a stylish 22 and put on 68 for the second wicket with William de Cani.

Ben Gardner added 28 from 20 balls, Barry Blackmore 28 from 15 and de Cani was unbeaten on 85 as Longparish passed the target in the 26th over.

Ashford Hill v Longparish II.

Longparish II travelled to high flying Ashford Hill and batted first.

Martin Bearpark hit 49 despite wearing a ball on his hooter and Michael Taplin struck an impressive 45 but the bulk of Longparish's runs were struck by opener Ed Gairdner who was dismissed for a superb 132 as they closed on an over par 279-7.

The Ashford Hill reply quickly fell behind the rate as Oliver Coetzee took 3-32, Gary Taplin 2-14 and Tom Waite a stunning caught and bowled to secure a 135 run win.

St Cross U15 v Longparish U15.

This Millard Plate semi-final between two well matched sides saw Longparish U15 bat first and they were unfortunate to lose the early wicket of Scott Sturt to a shooter.

Billy Mead quickly followed adjudged lbw and a similar fate befell Jamie Blackmore before U13 William Samways and Jordan Blackmore fought back with 15 apiece in the face of some super bowling from J Dunsby who took five wickets as Longparish were all out for 67.

Felix Organ hit 33 for St Cross before falling to Sturt and Alex Brinton took two wickets but could not prevent St Cross securing a place in the final with five wickets remaining.

Longparish U13 v Compton and CF U13.

Jordan Blackmore hit 24 at the top of the order, William Samways added an unbeaten 33 and Jack Fish was unbeaten on 17 as Longparish U13 closed their 20 over innings on 111-3.

Luke Benzing, Oliver Wills, and Hamish Janaway picked up a wicket each, Charlie Cardno took 3-4 and Cameron Proctor 3-2 as Compton were dismissed in the final over 39 runs short of the target.

Otterbourne U11 v Longparish U11.

Longparish U11 looked hugely impressive in a 65 run win over Otterbourne.

Opener Harry Cardno hit 17, Ben Wills 12 and Angus Shorthouse 19 before Daniel Parkin, Alfie Smith and Oliver Oram picked up wickets.

The star bowler was Liam Whitehorn who took three wickets from his two overs, both of them maidens.

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