REDLYNCH and Hale’s title winning credentials were put to the test against resurgent Littleton and West Hill.
As Redlynch, pictured, were out in the field, first early strikes from Ben Brown and Kevin Hopkins looked like it would be business as usual for the hosts.
However, some lacklustre fielding and good fortune saw Nigel Dibben rack up 85 runs, with Littleton skipper Nigel Louth (35) and Paul Anscombe (50) also taking advantage of the visitors’ good luck.
James Taylor (2-25) picked up two late wickets as Littleton closed their 45 overs at 225-8.
A tough challenge for Redlynch was made harder when Rhys Williams was caught early on, courtesy of a spectacular diving catch from Jake Shore.
Ian Tanner and Dave Webber scored 50 before Webber was expertly caught behind by Littetton’s wicket keeper.
Glen Willoughby managed to add an extra 36 runs before Paul Ashcombe and Ashley Wrenn bagged themselves three wickets apiece, leaving Redlynch well short of the target at 170 all out.
The second string faired better as they have almost secured safety in Division Two West. They clocked up 207-6, thanks mainly to Micky Dean (61).
Totton and Eling had no reply as Sam Hatton (4-13) and Reece Higgins (3-24) made light work of the batting order getting the hosts all out for 103.
The thirds are almost certainly set to be relegated as they watched Whiteparish seconds’ skipper Charles Steenkamp smash 119 not out and fellow opener Geoff Dear adding 13 for a ten-wicket victory.