JAMES Hibberd is wrestling with a problem on the eve of South Wilts’ Southern Premier League visit to St Cross Symondians’ idyllic Winchester home.

How do he and his fellow bowlers plan to contain St Cross teenage all-rounder Harry Came, who is in the form of his life ?

The 19-year old former Bradfield School captain scored hundreds in each of South Wilts’ matches against St Cross last season – 106 at Bemerton and 112 not out on the final day of the summer when Symondians chased down 283-6 to win with a Came six off the penultimate ball !

Last weekend and having scored an unbeaten century for Kent seconds a day or so earlier, Came produced an amazing all-round performance, hitting a career-best 151 and then taking 7-52 in a St Cross win at Alton.

“Harry’s certainly in good nick just now, but he might just get one ball early on which has his name on it. You never know,” Hibberd smiled.

“St Cross have got some decent cricketers and, having won both their Time pennant matches, will be up for it.

“We’ve enjoyed some cracking games at the Green Jackets in the past and Saturday promises much of the same.”

South Wilts expect left-hand opener Tom Cowley to return after missing the thumping win over New Milton which put the Bemerton club on top of the table.

South Wilts piled up 272-7 before university students Luke Evans and Jack Mynott took five wickets each to skittle New Milton for a meagre 82 at Wilton Road.

With overnight leaders Hampshire Academy, Basingstoke and North Hants and Burridge all losing, South Wilts climbed four places to leapfrog to the top of the Southern Premier League table.

New Milton, meanwhile, are marooned at the bottom, without a win and even at this early stage, look set for relegation.

Tom Morton’s 55 got things underway for South Wilts, who steadily accumulated and by lunch had made 167-3, with Ben Draper having just saluted his half-century.

Draper (67) and James Hayward (39) added 78 for the fourth wicket before James Hibberd (47) and Luke Evans (21 not out) pushed the score on to 272-7 declared in the 62nd over.

Australian born teenager Oli Wilmore took 3-36 on debut.

New Milton progressed to 37 without loss, but once Tom Arnold (17) was trapped leg before by Jack Mynott, they fell to pieces.

Nine wickets fell for 36 runs as New Milton plunged to their third below-100 total in four Premier Division games.

Off-spinner Mynott finished with a league best 5-27, while Evans’s 5-13 return included his 100th SPL wicket.