Cricket: Rain wins the day to leave Midhurst with work to do

Tom Hughes in action for Midhurst in sunnier times earlier in the season Picture by Louise Adams C130715
Tom Hughes in action for Midhurst in sunnier times earlier in the season Picture by Louise Adams C130715

Rain was the winner when Midhurst travelled to Locks Heath in a key Hampshire League game for both sides.

Harry Green, Frank Atkins, Tim Powell and Tom Hughes all returned to the side for this critical fixture. Midhurst lost the toss and were sent into the field.

Powell and Green took the new ball, with Green making the important breakthrough with a delivery that swung away and took the outside edge of Jones. Ray Reynolds and Henry Rydon were swiftly brought into the attack by the pensive Midhurst skipper Tom Atkins. Reynolds justified his early introduction into the attack removing the well-set Richardson for 46 with a stunning delivery.

Reynolds, normally shaping the ball away from the right-hander, got the ball to seam into the right-hander, leaving him bamboozled. It was an inspired delivery and later in the over, he clean-bowled Adams.

Midhurst spinners Henry Rydon and Michael Cox showed excellent control in the middle overs, both bowling several jaffas. Both were justly rewarded with wickets.

Cox was particularly impressive considering his youth and is certainly one to watch for the future.

George Atkins chipped in with two wickets, one which took the top of the off-stump. Lock Heath finished on 276, in the main because of a powerful display of hitting from captain Leavy.

Midhurst set about their run chase with intent with both Tom Atkins and Harry Diamond punishing anything wayward - until Atkins nicked one to slip.

Frank Atkins came in but also nicked to the keeper when driving.

Hughes and Diamond built a strong partnership taking Midhurst to 82 and putting them in a strong position to win the game ... before the rain came and caused the game to be abandoned.

Skipper Atkins said: “Rain is part and parcel of the game - sometimes it’s your friend and sometimes your enemy. This time it didn’t help us but we have reason to hope especially with the likes of Green, Reynolds, Rydon and Atkins being in such exemplary form.”

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Salthill v Follands

Regional div three south east

Salthill, undefeated at home this season, had several key players unavailable on a rain-affected day.

Richardson and Hyett found it hard going but slowly started to put on runs until Richardson was caught at slip.

This brought Damian Koblintz in and he immediately set about the attack positively, but he lost Hyett for 18 as the rain started to fall.

Paitnik and Koblintz looked solid until Koblintz was bowled for an excellent 45 quickly followed by Paitnik, brilliantly caught by a Folland fielder running around the boundary.

The rest of the Salthill batsman offered resistance but they were all out for 143.

After a dry spell during tea, Salthill returned to the field in the rain.

Where the Salthill bowlers were made to toil, Court and Heather bowled well but were punished for the bad ball. Heather had Davis caught behind by Broughton and it was 40 for one. Folland pushed the score on to 94 before Ruewell struck, bowling Williams for 21 and it was 94 for two.

Lee Russell bowled well without success and spinner Elsbury had Harrison caught by West.

The onset of thunder and lightning saw the Duckworth-Lewis method used, resulting in a win for Folland

Salthill are away to Waterlooville this week followed by Denmead’s visit to Fishbourne on August 10 for the Salthill open day.