THE LAST league game of the season was rather an anti-climax for Redlynch & Hale’s first XI as, after travelling to Shrewton, they found themselves steamrollered by a side looking to cement their promotion to Hampshire Division One.

James Taylor elected to bat first but the upper order found themselves no match for Will Harries (4-35) and Rikki Clarke (3-9) as the home attack tore through a side unable to halt the slide.

Kev Hopkins hit a boundary-laden 34 and Taylor a cameo of 21 before Sam Gillott (1-17) and Dan Pownall (2-6) wrapped up the innings for just 68.

In reply, it took less than 12 overs for Will Sleeman (48no) and Dan Bingley (15no) to overtake the meagre total, thereby ensuring the third Division Two promotion slot for the hosts, whilst the visitors had to be content with a comfortable seventh place finish to their season.

Meanwhile, Redlynch’s second team registered a four-wicket win over Hyde.

The visitors posted 206-8, with a fine 61 from Seth Loader and a very useful 43 not out from Roger Tuddenham.

Archie Boardman (3-30) was the best of the bowlers, although Jack Sobucinski (2-33) and Jack Cobern (2-31) also fared well.

In reply, after Phil Crisp (30) helped get things underway, a mini slump saw the hosts reduced to 51-4.

But skipper Cobern was inspired as he struck 20 fours and a maximum to reach 113 not out for his second ton of the campaign.

With steady support from the lower order, the skipper ensured the target was overhauled with 10 overs in hand.

This ensured a comfortable Division Five (NW) position for the side, but condemning Hyde to relegation.

Redlynch’s third string enjoyed an excellent, close game at Bramshaw III where the visitors posted 141 all out with Mick Wright (34) again in the runs.

In response, despite wickets for Jaime Arch (2-28) and Rob Padwick (2-21), a match winning partnership of 48 from Tom Winter (55no) and Will Ridley (24) ensured a three-wicket win for the hosts.