IT WAS another disappointing week for Redlynch & Hale Cricket Club as all three sides registered defeats, writes Andy Church.

The first XI slipped to seventh place in Hampshire Division Two, after topping the table a few weeks ago.

Travelling to Lymington seconds, James Taylor won the toss yet again and elected to take first knock.

However, after Ian Tanner chopped a ball from Guy Layman (3-29) onto his stumps early doors, the hosts had their tails up.

Will Hewlett (22) and Andy Soutar (22) were the highest scores in an innings where the bowlers were firmly on top.

A few players put together cameos, but noting to build a defendable total as the somewhat turgid batting effort closed out on a well below par 136 all out.

With not many runs to defend the visitors attack found the going tough, although a bright spell of 2-21 from Jos Carreras did make some inroads.

By then though, Rob Bentall had got well into his stride as he accelerated on to a fine half century (58no).

Although George Hayes (1-28) managed to have Jake Smith (34) pouched by Kev Hopkins, the damage had been done and the hosts took the points in the 23rd over, with seven wickets in hand.

The club’s second string also came unstuck at the hands of Breamore. Shaun Marlow top scored with 65 for the visitors with a brace apiece from Marcus (2-32) and Serena Kimberley (2-21) and young Jamie Arch wrapping up the tail with 4-10 from three overs as Breamore closed on 202.

Despite a decent start from Brian Kimberley (27) and Ian Stevens (33), the innings then rather fell apart with only Harry Cobern (26) showing some form.

Tom Marlow (3-41) and James Fuller (4-28) were the dangermen, wrapping up the hosts reply for 130 - some 72 runs adrift. There was nice family moment for proud father Brian Kimberley, appearing with son Marcus and daughter Serena, in the same game.

There was no joy either at Hale for Redlynch’s third XI who posted a defendable 173 all out against Whiteparish seconds.

Colin Eveleigh (35) and Archie Boardman (32) were the mainstays but Chris Bartel (3-17) and Charles Steenkamp (3-26) kept things in check.

In response, although both openers were gone with 46 on the board, it became the Steenkamp show as he bludgeoned 101 not out with 10 fours and eight maximums to win the game by eight wickets.

  • Elsewhere, Woodgreen started their Hampshire League West Division Four 2022 season losing the first four games but have won eight of the past nine, writes Gordon Naish.

Their latest win was at Amesbury on Saturday in a bizarre way.

Amesbury batted first and were 47-1 but collapsed to 69 all out, losing their last nine wickets for 22 runs.

Jason Naish (5-30), Anand Kelath with (3-33) and Jayakrishnan Maniyeri (2-4) starred with the ball.

Woodgreen’s reply collapsed to 16-4 before Pete Pearce (19no) and Padma Raj (34no) added a winning unbeaten stand of 54 for the fifth wicket.