ABSENCE and injury led to a much changed Longparish side taking the field against Shrewton in their Hampshire League County Division One clash.

However, they still won this home game by two wickets which keeps them fourth in the table.

This gained revenge as last year the Wiltshire side were one of two teams to inflict defeat on Longparish league campaign that saw them narrowly miss out on promotion to the Southern League.

Longparish won the toss and invited Shrewton to bat.

Ollie Coetzee staked a claim for a more permanent first team place with 3-20 as Shrewton were dismissed for 167 with 10 balls remaining.

The Longparish reply centred around 54 from opener Michael Taplin.

Wickets fell with increasing regularity at the other end but Longparish eventually passed the target with two wickets remaining in the 38th over.

This Saturday, Longparish are away at seventh placed Hurley Park.

In the local derby in Division Four North between Wherwell and Longparish II.

Robbie Skeates hit an unbeaten 108 for Wherwell as they closed on 194-8.

A target that Longparish II failed to chase down being bowled out for 122 leaving them 72 runs.

they entertain high flying Old Basing II this weekend.

Skipper Gary Taplin’s tenure as Longparish III skipper got off to a great start with a welcome 43 run win over Hungerford II in Regional Division One North West

Rory Kerr top scored with 45 and Alex Bundy took 3-24.

The thirds travel to Knights Valley on Saturday, they were shot out for 54 last Saturday

l Longparish first eleven pictured above and back row left to right: Paul Blackmore, William Samways, Scott Sturt, Ben Gardner, Toby Trinder, Jacl Levy, Sam Trinder.

Front row: James Bevan, Martyn Cook, Michael Taplin, Oliver Coetzee, Toby Trinder.