REDLYNCH & Hale first XI made the trip to the beautiful ground at Chawton and sealed an 80-run success.

Having lost the toss, skipper James Taylor was delighted when Redlynch were invited to make first use of a good looking pitch with a very fast outfield.

Dave Webber survived an early chance and then he and Ian Tanner added 132 for the first wicket before Webber fell for 74, including 12 fours and two sixes.

Tanner was next to fall for 63 with score on 181 and with useful contributions from Nathan Pollard (34), Harvey Boardman (29) and Kevin Hopkins (32) meant the visitors closed with a challenging score of 284-9.

Swing bowler Andy Vickers was the pick of the bowlers with five for 55.

In reply, Chawton made a steady start with left arm seamer Ben Brown completing his usual economical spell.

Redlynch were hampered by an injury to their other left-arm seamer Hopkins after he had started his spell well with the wicket of James Harvey (14).

However, this brought leg-spinner George Hayes into the attack a bit earlier than usual and after a stand of 34 between Sam Charlton (33) and Andy Vickers (38) he decimated the Chawton middle order with figures of six for 33 from nine overs.

There were a few lusty blows from the lower order before James Taylor and Will Hewlett ensured maximum points for the visitors to keep them top of an extremely tight Hampshire League Division Two.

Meanwhile at Woodfalls, Redlynch’s second XI were entertaining Longparish seconds, who batted first and moved to 144 for five through Jamie Blackmore (37) and Tom Cady (30) before a brilliant spell of five for 21 from James Roberts cut them short at 154 all out.

In reply, Ian Stevens and Dom Sell (28) put on 56 for the first wicket when Sell’s wicket started a collapse to 72 for four, before Marcus Kimberley joined Stevens and his lively 56 off 50 balls with seven fours and one six took Redlynch home with Stevens anchoring the innings on 45 not out.

The pick of the Longparish bowlers was Matt Eider with four for 14.

The club’s third XI made it the first clean sweep of the season with a narrow victory over OT’s and Romsey fourths at East Tytherley.

Having posted 187 for seven mainly thanks to Jamie Arch and Andy Walker, the Redlynch bowlers held their hosts to 174-5 for a 13-run victory.