Amport v Rowner.
Amport went third as their outside chances of promotion to County Division One stay alive.
Winning the toss, captain Lee Ayers took no time in opting to bat and losing Rory Chetwyn-Talbot early was a shock but Nick Bone (24) and Ian Langdown (87) built a partnership of 71 on a pitch that was proving to play as well as it looked.
Langdown in particular was looking imperious as he smashed 15 fours and three sixes in his knock of 87 and with a solid platform, all were able to take advantage of the conditions. Dean Woodhouse and Ant Gillard both battedfreely and Lee Ayers kept the strike rotating.
A mini collapse did take the home side by surprise until Alex Ayers hit 29no and with Ed Glover making his first team debut supporting well at the other end, Amport were satisfied at tea on 271-9.
After tea, the bowlers had to really work to get anything on a pitch that was offering nothing.
As usual Woodhouse was among the wickets, and Chetwyn-Talbot bowled superbly with no luck.
The Rowner middle order did at one stage threaten to ruin the party, but they held their catches and their nerve, and when Chetwyn-Talbort roared back in for his second spell, picking up an incredible hat-trick, Amport ran out easy winners, taking full points.
OT and Romsey V v Amport II.
Batting first under in high temperatures the strong looking Amport II batting line up failed to fire. In the face of some accurate bowling by the impressive young OT’s bowling attack the Amport batsmen let themselves down.
Two needless run outs and a succession of shots played into the air, on a pitch which saw the ball never coming onto the bat, saw the innings complete in only the 32th over with only 117 runs amassed. Robert Randall top scored with a well made 34 before falling when well set yet again this season.
An early wicket courtesy of a juggled catch by Dan Cartridge off Ben Black gave Amport some hope, however a poor fielding performance saw at least four catches go down which were to prove costly.
Brandon Smith bowled the obdurate Service in the 17th over with 50 on the board but OTs moved towards their victory target.
The dismissal of Thebe to Martyn Startup heralded a mini collapse as skipper Darren Goacher was able to claim three quick wickets with a handful of runs required.
The winning run was taken as yet another catch was put down.