JAMES Taylor and his Redlynch and Hale first XI were left frustrated on Saturday, having had to call off their Hampshire County Division Two game with Winton.

Thanks to the covers, the wicket was dry and in good shape, but due to a saturated outfield, courtesy of Friday rain , heavy showers overnight and continued precipitation during the morning, the ground was deemed unfit.

Typically, minutes after the decision was made out came the sun, as is so often the case in these situations.

Sadly, the club's third and fourth XI, who were also raring to go, suffered the same fate.

However, the second string did make the trip to Fawley for their County Four West match.

The bright blue skies belied fact that other games were off as the hosts posted 200-8 from their allotted overs.

Coxell (44) top scored as Tom Emm (2-22) and Jack Sobucinski (2-39), got among the wickets.

After Nathan Pollard nicked one to the wicketkeeper early on, it was a case of batters getting in, but unable to consolidated as Parrett (4-28) took advantage of some indifferent shots.

When skipper Stan Boardman went for 11 with the score on 108-8, it looked a formality.

However, a spirited partnership between Emm (17 not out) and Dom Sell (38) made it a tighter contest in the end as the visitors ran out of overs on 176-9, just 24 runs short.