South Wilts lost four top order wickets for three runs in barely ten minutes at London Road, but recovered to post 198 and then bowl Andover out for 152 to record a fourth successive Southern Premier League Cup win.

The victory secured a third place finish in the nine-team group, with eventual West division winners Bournemouth the only side to beat them in the successful 40-over competition – and that was only by four runs.

South Wilts appeared well placed at 62-1 with Tom Morton (39) threatening a score, but when he holed out to Will Carr the visitors top order fell apart.

Rowan Duckworth (3-20) quickly removed Raff Hussey (21) before sending Peter Rowe and Will Harries back to the pavilion in quick succession, both for ducks. South Wilts were 65-5.

Ben Draper (56) kept his cool amid the mayhem and found an unlikely partner in Steve Warner (31), who justified his promotion up the order in a 72-run sixth-wicket partnership which turned the tide in South Wilts favour.

Matt Hooper and Will Carr made further inroads, but Draper later found another useful ally in Josh Croom (23) and together they added a further 41 to take the game away from Andover. Tom Lewis was spectacularly caught on the boundary attempting a six to bring up the 200.

It was Croom (3-25), this time with his pacey left-arm bowling who dismantled Andover’s response, taking out Glyn Treagus, Andrew Duckworth and Carr in quick succession as the Lions sank to 36-5.

Matt Burton (330) created further problems before Matt Knight (42) and Richard Taylor, with a no nonsense (49), gave Andover’s 152 respectability.

South Wilts seconds never recovered from a three-wicket new-ball blast by left-armer James Trodd which left them reeling at 10-3 against Southern Premier League Cup rivals Old Tauntonians & Romsey at Bemerton.

Their patched up side recovered to reach 159-9, but a century partnership between Bothwell Chapungu and Harry Tulk swept the visitors to a seven-wicket win. Trodd (3-35) hit the stumps three times in quick succession to send Joe Cranch, Chris Chaddock and Matt Falconer back to the pavilion.

George Edwards (36) and Tom Pearce (20) repaired the initial damage, but a four-wicket spell by left-arm spinner Matt Bampton (4-15) plunged South Wilts into deeper trouble at 98-8.

Ninth-wicket pair Jack Richards (25 not out) and Tom Bolam (22) added 51 to give South Wilts something to bowl at - but Chapungu and Tulk effectively blew the target away.

Rhys Wathen (19) fell to a return catch by Rob Pittman, but that was South Wilts’ solitary success for a long period as the Zimbabwean and Tulk (40) sealed OTs victory with a 116-run stand.

Chapungu struck 13 fours on his way to an unbeaten 75.

Spinner Brewer (2-26) removed Tulk and Dhariwal before OTs clinched victory with 13 overs spare.