BREAMORE’S Marlow brothers, Shaun and Steve, are renowned for their opening partnerships and they shared in another huge first wicket stand as the team beat basement side East Christchurch by 104 runs at The Marsh.

Normally Shaun plays the lead role but he had to be content as the supporting act as Steve hit an unbeaten 126 including 15 fours and a six that was his first league century for more than 15 years.

Well backed up by Shaun (75), the pair put on 175 for the first wicket and he then shared in an unbeaten second wicket stand of 116 with Paul Veit (63 no) as Breamore advanced to 291-1.

East Christchurch were content just to play out their overs that they achieved at 187-8 after Andy Chambers (69) and Mark Bridge (48) had put on 113 for the second wicket. Breamore used eight bowlers of which Matt Burke (2-10), Ali Barter (2-19) and Tom Goodwin (2-35) were the most successful.

Having lost five consecutive matches at the start of the season, Godshill won the next nine games and their 54-run victory at home to Bransgore 2nds enabled them to finish their campaign in a very creditable fourth place.

In previous seasons it had been Jason Cooper who was at the forefront of many of Godshill’s victories but, but his own standards, he has had a relatively quiet year but all that changed with a large century that helped his side recover from a precarious 88-5.

Alongside Clive Bealey (31), Cooper added 98 for the sixth wicket and he struck 25 fours and three sixes in his 157 as Godshill racked up 254-7.

Sib Binfield (141 no) and Connor Thompkins (22) put on 109 for Bransgore’s second wicket but, with Matt Robb taking 2-41, they never challenged and finished on 200-4.

After dismissing Sway 2nds for 169, Damerham threw away a winning position at 105-2 to lose by 21 runs.

Ben Bealey (3-44), Henry Gilbert (3-51) and Hacon Edgley (2-41) had Sway out in 34 overs with Vincent Falso (52) top scorer. Damerham lost two wickets including Edgley (21), before Bealey (30) and Gilbert (30) added 54 for the third wicket but once they were out, the momentum was lost and they finished on 148-7.

On the last day of the league season, Hyde were never in a position to avoid relegation and their trip to Winton 2nds ended in a narrow one-wicket defeat to draw a conclusion to a poor season for the Forest team.

The highlight of the match was a six-wicket haul for 15-year-old Ned Thomas that might have swung the result for Hyde had the rules not made it compulsory for him to be taken off after seven overs.

Hyde were dismissed for 164 off 33 overs with skipper Chris Shutler (44), Rob Morey (29) and Jack Renshaw (20) the main scorers as Rob Ryan took 3-24.

Winton were soon in dire straights as they slumped to 28-6 as Thomas took 5-17 supported by Ben Daniels (2-32) but against the change bowling attack, Ryan (42) and Brett (46 no) were able to revive the innings.

Despite Thomas (10-6-19-6) completing his overs, Winton passed their target in the 40th over.