Double Delight for Winterbourne & Hampton Park
Matthew Newman remains the only Winterbourne & Hampton Park captain to have led his side to defeat after two superb victories for "The Bourne".
The second team bowled Centurions out for just 28 with Manny Gurung the first to get his name on the honours board, taking 5 for 11. Winterbourne reached their target in the 8th over for the loss of two wickets.
Meanwhile, the first team enjoyed their first league success away to Redlynch & Hale 3rds. Unlike the previous week, Redlynch resisted the temptation to play their first team players after their game against Bramshaw was called off.
Their decision to stick with the original selection appeared to pay off early on as Winterbourne struggled to break the opening partnership between the two Smiths. Eventually in the 10th over Phil Parsons made the breakthrough as G Smith was caught by Joe Nelson for 17. Joe Harvey had Edwards LBW first ball but skipper Simon Smith was the threat at the other end and was pushing his side towards a useful score on a low, slow pitch. He was joined by Karl Bryant who punished the bad ball and at 80-2 off 17 overs Redlynch were looking to post a score around the 200 mark.
However the mentally scarred Craig Johnson helped to raise his shattered confidence by bowling Simon Smith for 39 and when Phil Parsons held on to a great catch to dismiss Bryant for 25 off the bowling of Harry Hart, the Redlynch innings started to stutter.
This was down to the introduction of 16 year old Harry Hart who bowled a superb spell of 6 overs, taking 5 for 19. With four of his wickets bowled, the opposition had no answer to his pace and accuracy. This included a hat-trick opportunity, and after taking two wickets in a row he deceived the batsman by bowling a wide and a no ball before taking out the middle stump with his final delivery of the over.
Joe Nelson chipped in with the wicket of Brown in his first game for Winterbourne and Perminder "Sperm" Tanday picked up the final wicket in his first over, appropriately caught in the slips by Anthony Mercer.
Chasing 123 Winterbourne once again wasted no time in setting about their target with 6 fours and a six coming off the first three overs. Jamie Harvey then misjudged a short one which kept low and bowled him for a disappointing 11 and Dingle followed three balls later. Not satisfied with just punishing the bad ball he became greedy and was LBW to a straight one. His 25, however, may just be enough to keep him in the side for another week.
With Winterbourne now on 36-2 in the fourth over, the game was far from over, especially as this now brought the nervous Craig Johnson to the crease. He managed to scratch around scoring 11 in 8 overs whilst at the other end Dan Leaker was showing how it should be done as he smashed a quick 65 which included 12 fours and two sixes.
Winterbourne reached their target without any further losses in the 13th over to take maximum points and finally get their league campaign under way.