Hoping to build on last week’s success, Redlynch & Hale welcomed back from injury, vice-captain James Taylor, who deputised for the absent Matt Truckle, but couldn't find the winning formula and lost by 91 to Compton & Chandlers Ford.

Winning the toss, Taylor chose to field first and Dave Webber struck first, taking a return catch to send back Andrew Budd for 13. Webber (2-38) was successful again two overs later, when James Benson hung onto the catch to dismiss Jovan Dhariwal for eight. Kev Hopkins (1-28) trimmed Liam Palmer’s bails on 24. to leave the visitors struggling on 55-3. However Andy Gorty (19) and Matt Palmer (71) then added 57 until Gorty lost his off stump to Russ Church (1- 27).

Palmer was joined by Dan Kearns (32*) and the pair added another 65 priceless runs. Palmer then went when he miscued a pull and skied to the mid wicket boundary, where Hopkins took a good catch. Then in his next over, he clean bowled Scott Spearing and Josh Poulter making it a “technical” hat-trick. However, to make sure he then made it four in four when Adam Brown was adjudged LBW. Taylor finished with 4-27 and a total posted of 213-8 for the run chase.

However, batting was to prove a challenge after Webber went for a duck. Ian Tanner (12), Ian Stevens, James Benson and Russ Church all followed quickly leaving the Woodfalls outfit in big trouble at 42-5. Andy Soutar grafted a very patient 18 not out from 92 balls, to try and bring some respectability to the score. Hopkins at the other end was in aggressive mood as he hit 42 before falling to a catch by Gorty. With Nelson on the board, Jack Vincent had his stumps re-arranged by Matt Scorey (3-29) as the hosts innings rather capitulated with the last five wickets going for just 20 and a total of 122 all out well short of the target.

A disappointing performance as Redlynch & Hale face another tough encounter on Saturday, when they travel to Ellingham.

It was a similar story for the club’s second XI. Batting first, they could only get to 142, as they lost to Penton 1st XI by 4 wickets. Jack Cobern was the only one on form, just missing out on a half century when he was caught on 48. In reply, J. Hunter (26) and H. Rouse (35) were the mainstays, before an unbeaten 44 from K. Charles sealed victory for Penton. Jack Sobucinski took 3-34.

Fortunately, the clubs 3rd XI claimed success to stop the rout, scoring 148 with only 10 men at a Windswept East Anton against Thruxton. Ben Lindsay (40), Graham Smith (38) and Andy Church (25) got the innings on a firm footing before the tail collapsed. A. Stenyson took 4-24. Responding, Mick Wright (4-16) and Michael Brown (3-14) dismissed their hosts for just 79 to claim the victory in just 25 overs.