REDLYNCH & Hale’s first XI received a bit of a wake-up call from a fired-up Andover seconds on Saturday in their Hampshire Division Two clash at Woodfalls Cross.

Despite the customary decent start by Ian Tanner (37) and Dave Webber (38), the visitors’ bowlers were keeping things tight.

Nathan Pollard (11) was brilliantly run out by Ollie Crouch and Harry Clark (4-48) sent back Harvey Boardman (12) and Andy Soutar (29) after the latter seemed set.

Will Hewlett then played something of an anchor role to arrest the flow of wickets as he notched 40 valuable runs.

However, the tail were unable to wag and the innings closed out on 236, but courtesy of the visitors handing out 44 extras.

In reply, once Andover skipper Thaura Watta Waduge set out his stall, the total never looked sufficient as the ball was bludgeoned to all corners of the ground.

No one else was particularly effective against Webber (2-46) and James Taylor (3-22) at the end, but the Sri Lankan smashed 121 with 16 fours and five maximums to put his side in the driving seat as they then ran out winners by three wickets.

Meanwhile, the club’s second XI made the short trip to Godshill, where Jack Cobern (69*) led the charge and well backed up by his side, including the welcome return of Marcus Kimberley (33). The visitors posted 205-5 in their innings.

Godshill were, although stubborn, unable to keep up with the run-rate thanks to tight spells from Stan Boardman (4-24) and Tom Emm (2-25). Godshill finally finished on 142-9 when the overs ran out.

At Hatchet Green, the club’s third XI were shaded by Michelmersh & Timsbury seconds.

The hosts posted a lowly 145-7 with a finely crafted 38 from Mick Wright. In reply, Poppy Sladon (2-35) and Richard Barlow (2-28) made life difficult for a while before Dave Sharman (37no) batted sensibly to take their side home with four wickets and four overs in hand.

On Sunday, in a nail-biting game, the club's ladies hardball side hosted New Forest ladies who mustered 157-4.

In reply, captain Emily Otton struck an excellent 51 not out to lead from the front and take her side home with just one ball to spare.