Alderholt 247-5 Nomansland 248-1 Nomansland won by 9 wickets
Nomansland won the toss and asked Alderholt to bat on Saturday and their openers Tom Morris and Steve Willoughby batted well on what proved to be a belter of a wicket with a lightning fast outfield. The pair put on 95 before Willoughby was caught and bowled for 37 by Terry Harrison in the nineteenth over. Alderholt slipped a bit to 140-4 but Morris proved to be the anchor of the visitors innings and added 94 with Chris Garvey (26 not out) before he was run out for an excellent 110 in the fortieth over. They closed on an imposing 247-5 at tea to leave Nomansland with what looked a tough task. Sam Dempster with 2-59 picked up the best figures.
Both sides had taken the field with 10 men due to availability issues, and Nomansland had a positive start to their reply from Sam Dempster and Gary Loveless who rattled along at six-an-over until Dempster nicked a wide one and was caught behind off Will Westwood for 21 with the score on 63 in the 10th over. Richard Dempster came in at 3 and joined Loveless who dominated the early stages of the partnership and soon passed the fifty mark. Dempster senior was then getting his range and the pair raced along and the century stand was passed in the 25th over. Loveless reached his century, and was soon followed by Dempster reaching his maiden half century. The pair achieved the team’s win in the 31st over with Loveless 122 not out and Dempster senior unbeaten with 71.
Old Netley and Highfield 111-3 Nomansland 112-1
Nomansland enjoyed a great win on Tuesday evening in sweltering conditions. The pitch at Eastleigh Sports Centre was unpredictable to say the least, but batsmen still held sway as only 4 wickets fell. The home side’s innings was held together by Phil Colmer who batted though to end on 52 not out. Terry Harrison used seven bowlers as the visitors attack kept a hold on things to restrict Old Netley to 111-3 at the interval. Sam Dempster with 2-17 and Sam Wallace with 1-6 were the wicket takers.
Laurence Harding and Rich White opened steadily in the Nomansland reply going along at 4 an over for the first 6, but gradually increased the rate to 5 and then 6 an over as the target began to look inadequate. The scores were level when Harding was caught at mid on for an excellent knock of 63. White remained unbeaten on 40 and Dempster hit the winning single with his only scoring shot.
Calmore 3rds 174 Nomansland 175-9
In a game that swung back and forth all afternoon, Nomansland eventually scrambled home by one wicket against Calmore 3rds.
Calmore were blitzed early on and were 4-3 after 3 overs, and 15 for four in the sixth, with Sam Dempster and Terry Harrison doing the damage. Kane Stanton (24) and Tom Pattison steadied the ship but the visitors slipped again to 62-7. Pattison was still there however, and shared in stands of 52 with Mark Gilmore (19) and 48 with Callum Bailey 21 not out) to give Calmore hope. Pattison was out for an excellent 53 as Calmore posted a useful tea score of 174. Sam Dempster with a personal best of 5-36 was the pick of the attack, well supported by Terry Harrison (2-42) and a wicket apiece for Rich Dempster and Gary Loveless. Nomansland caught some sharp catches, but wides again were a problem as they bowled 29 of them.
Sam Dempster (18) and Gary Loveless (23) started the reply in a hurry, 31 coming from the first three overs. They both departed but Terry Harrison with an aggressive 25 kept up the momentum. Wickets then fell rapidly and Nomansland found themselves in deep trouble at 99-7 in the sixteenth over. With so many overs left it needed some cool heads to right the situation, and old campaigner Simon Smith started the revival accompanied by Mark Rowland (10), in a stand of 31. James Mason the joined Smith and they added a further 32 before Smith (32) nicked one behind with 14 still required. Enter Ben Westhead (5 not out) to join Mason (20 not out) and these two carefully knocked off the runs to clinch a dramatic win, with Westhead steering the winning single into the covers. Storm Anning (3-53) and Tom Pattison (4-58) were the pick of a useful visiting attack.
Calmore B 164-5 Nomansland 101 ao
Nomansland were well beaten in this rematch of last weeks abandonment. Ben Perry (70) was the main threat, ably assisted by Jack Nicholson (30) and Tam Goodrich (34) as the visitors racked up a monster score. Ben Daniels (2-41) was backed up by a wicket apiece for Terry Harrison and James Mason.
The home side had been batting well of late, but an awful start saw them slump to 34-5 (Laurence Harding 16).The lower order battled well however, with Will Hayward (19) adding 24 with Declan Mason (9) and then 23 with James Mason. Mason top scored with an excellent 26, but Nomansland were all out in the final over for 101.
Nomansland 80-3 vs New Milton rain causes abandonment
The match started late due to rain and was reduced to 39 overs a side. Sam Dempster nicked one behind in the first over, and Simon Smith was caught and bowled in the 5th over for 11 to leave the visitors at 26-2. Gary Loveless was joined by Terry Harrison and the pair flew along until further rain held up play for an hour. A second attempt to get the game going was made and Harrison was caught for a quickfire 25. Loveless (23 not out) and Matt Rowland (7 not out) were going along nicely until heavy drizzle forced abandonment after 12 overs with Nomansland on 80-3.
The Plate knock out tie between Nomansland and Calmore B was abandoned early in the Nomansland reply to the visitors impressive 172-5 from their 18 overs. Nomansland had started well and were 58-0 after 6.4 overs, when one of the Calmore fielders was taken ill. An ambulance was called and the match was abandoned.
With the teams due to meet in the league next Tuesday, it was agreed to make the next meeting a ‘double header’, which means that the winner will take both matches.
Redlynch 2nds 304-7 Nomansland 263-6
In what is believed to be a ground run aggregate record at Nomansland, the bat dominated the ball for most of this match. Mark Savage (21) and Ewan Tanner put on 47 for Redlynch, before veteran Iain Soutar joined Tanner and the pair added 112 before Soutar missed a straight full toss and exited for a fluent 72. Tanner completed his maiden half century before holing out for 54, but there was double figure contributions right down the Redlynch order with a 6 over partnership of 67 for the seventh wicket between James Benson and Jack Cobern (46 not out) the icing on the cake to take the visitors past 300. 14 year old Matt Rowland picked up his first 5 wicket haul although he took a bit of stick at the end of his spell.
Any thoughts that Nomansland would roll over were quickly forgotten as Simon Smith and Sam Dempster put on 93 for the first wicket in fifteen overs. Smith for first to go for 26, and Dempster soon followed for a sparking boundrey strewn 70. The in-form Terry Harrison then failed after a run of big scores, and the scoring rate dropped dramatically for a few overs. Gary and Ian Loveless added 78 before Ian was bowled for 33. Gary then cut loose and added 52 for the 5th wicket in 5 overs with Matt Rowland who contributed just six! Loveless was out in the final over for an excellent 94. Mickey Dean picked up 3-41 and Andy Soutar 2-54, but Nathan Pollard was the pick with a ten over spell and finished with 1-48 as the visitors won by 41 runs.
Lyndhurst and Ashurst 163-8 Nomansland 167-4
Nomansland made one of their biggest successful run chases at Lyndhurst on Tuesday. They fielded with nine men for the first 12 overs, and with ten for the remaining 6 which put a lot of strain on the bowlers. They all stuck manfully to their task with Ryan Moody, Terry Harrison and Sam Dempster each picking up a wicket, and the Mason brothers James and Declan taking two apiece. The only criticism would be the continuing theme of wide deliveries. Simon Park top scored for Lyndhurst with 37 and five other batsmen chipped in with double figure contributions as the hosts posted a huge score.
The visitors slipped to 21-2 in their reply, but Laurence Harding (26) and the in form Terry Harrison added 45 in quick time to lift hopes. Matt Rowland was run out for six, but Harrison was then joined by Sam Wallace and the pair fairly rattled along and won the match with five balls to spare, with an unbroken stand of 88 in just 8 overs. Wallace ended with 25 not out and Harrison a superb unbeaten 84. A feature of the partnership was the excellent running between the wickets by the pair.
Cadnam II 246-4 Nomansland 202 ao
Cadnam were invited to take first knock by visiting Nomansland and the opening pair of Jim Walter and Mark Wright-Green took advantage. The pair put on an opening stand of 151, which was broken when Wright-Green was caught for 51. Nathan Way was next to go for 17, but Walter reached his century before exiting for a chanceless 126. Pete Biddlecombe added an unbeaten 17 as Cadnam closed on an impressive 246-4 at tea. Matt Rowland picked up 2-20 at the death.
Nomansland made a poor start to their reply as Gary Loveless was bowled by a beauty in the third over, and Simon Smith was run out by a direct throw to leave the visitors at 20-2 from 4 overs. Sam Dempster and Terry Harrison then put together a sparkling partnership and added 95 in an incredible 9 overs. Bowlers 4 and 5 for Cadnam, Geoff Taylor and veteran John Goodchild changed the course of the game for the home side. Harrison had just reached his fifty when Dempster was caught for a fine 40, and this sparked a mini collapse. Harrison was still there however but was eventually bowled by the impressive Taylor for an excellent 75 that included 6 sixes. The tail wagged and Matt Rowland and James Mason with 13 apiece saw the visitors to their seventh batting point before they were all out for 202. Taylor (3-37) and Goodchild (5-56) took the bowling honours.
Nomansland 241 Bramshaw 2nds 161
An astonishing innings from Terry Harrison lit up a chilly day at Bramshaw on Saturday. After being asked to bat, a quiet start saw the visitors on a modest 36-2 in the fifteenth over. Enter Harrison who deposited his second ball for six and really just carried on from there. His innings lasted just 20 overs, but in that time he hit 15 sixes and raced to a career best 144 as Nomansland were bowled out in 39 overs for 241. Only Gary Loveless(20), Sam Dempster (10) and Mike Rowland (11) reached double figures as extras with 31 were second top scorers! Young Tom Mason with 4-20 ended with good figures and John Wall and Phil Curl bowled tidy early spells.
Bramshaw is a fast scoring ground and the home side raced to 26 from the first 4 overs, but Harrison had not finished his days work and picked up 3 wickets in his third over to put Nomansland in charge. John Wall looked in little trouble at one end but wickets continued to fall at the other. Whitcher went for 22 as the visitors slipped to 87-5. Wall and Phil Curl steadied the ship, but Harrison bowled Wall for 44 in his second spell, and the game was all but won. Late resistance from Tom Wall (19 not out) saw Bramshaw to a respectable 161 all out at the close. Harrison finished with 4-31 from 8 overs, with Sam Dempster and 14 year old Matt Rowland picked up two wickets each.