There were fine wins for Emsworth and Salthill in the latest round of Hampshire League games.
Emsworth v Ellingham II
Hampshire League division four south
Another scorcher of a day was the backdrop to a pretty one-sided contest at Coldharbour Lawn.
Emsworth were asked to field and were rewarded with early wickets. Mike Smith and Mark Martin bowled with pace and accuracy and Martin grabbed his first wicket, Ellingham’s opener bowled by an outswinging beauty.
Rotating the bowlers was necessary and Emsworth did this well - and in his first over, Lee Gray got the first of his four wickets as Martin took a classy one-handed catch at mid-on.
Gray returned the favour to give Martin his second. Gray found the outside edge to get rid of Ellingham’s captain with an off-cutter that went to Mick Offord, who also got up to his usual spin tricks. He got his wicket with one that dipped in its flight and turned to take middle stump out of the ground.
Martin and Bradley Miles, who took a brilliant catch, dismissed Ellingham’s number three and Ellingham looked in trouble at 100 for eight.
But with the help of some late-order hitting from Vince Dawkins, Ellingham took their total to 189 for nine.
It didn’t take long for Emsworth to reach the target with fantastic batting from Will Pitts, who brought up his 50 in good time, aided by Khalid Al-Safi (37), batting with a broken thumb.
Some super shots from Miles (26) and then Joe Scott saw Emsworth reach the target with seven wickets left. Emsworth visit Ryde this Saturday looking for a fifth consecutive win.
Burridge III v Salthill
Regional division three south east
Salthill visited Burridge in 30C heat and were asked to field. Despite the ever-excellent bowling of Ashley Court and Jamie Heather, a 50 partnership arrived in the 13th over.
In the 19th over, Jack Holder and Graham Ruewell engineered a three-wicket breakthrough, moving the score from 73 without loss to 85 for three.
Steve King added a wicket to his season’s haul as Burridge moved on to 197 for five.
Salthill’s openers put on 36, with Trevor Almack departing. Holder was out one run later amid some confusion over whether he was stumped or caught behind.
It was 84 for four before a first-ball lbw decision against Sanjay Patnaik.
At 88 for six, returning keeper Malcolm Broughton came to the wicket but he was soon out and it was 98 for seven.
Salthill captain Alec Wallsgrove had completed his half-century but went for an outstanding 72 and it was 162 for nine.
But Salthill won with their last-wicket pair adding 38 and getting home with 17 balls to spare.