WHERWELL were narrowly beaten by one wicket at home to Hursley Park III.

The visitors won the toss and put Wherwell in to bat.

The KJM sponsored side started badly, losing both openers for single digit scores.

Matt Cutts and Oliver Emslie consolidated the innings scoring 39 runs each.

Harry Trebert with 18 provided vital runs to help Wherwell to 138 runs.

Kian O’Connor produced a great spell of bowling and took six wickets for 28 runs.

Wherwell bowled well taking wickets at regular intervals to set up a thrilling finale.

Hursley Park just got home with three balls to spare and one wicket remaining.

Amjad Deruaiz top scored with 23 runs and Dulay provided support with 20 runs.

Oliver Emslie remains a bright spot for Wherwell with 2-16 in nine overs.

Steve Turner also took 2 wickets for 28 runs.

Wherwell are now eighth in the Hampshire League County Four North table and are away at third placed Holybourne this Saturday.

ANDOVER seconds kept moved up to fourth in the Hampshire County League Division One as they made it four wins out of five with victory at Shrewton

Visiting skipper Jimmy Knight won the toss asked to bat first on a pitch that looked dry, despite heavy overnight rain.

Andy Sale and Jimmy Knight opened the innings for the Nordlock sponsored side, taking advantage of some wayward bowling and lots of extras, to take Andover to 40 off their first eight overs.

A few quick wickets left Andover 66-3, but the innings was rebuilt by experienced pair Max Souter (36) and Josh Ballantine-Dykes (33) who recovered the innings and led the town side to 140-6 after 30 overs.

This platform was then exploited expertly by an inexperienced Andover tail.

On his second team debut, Oli Crouch played a superb counter attacking innings of power hitting and lusty blows.

He picked on the short leg-side boundary, smashed his way to 44 in quick time, leaving the Shrewton fielders hands throbbing in the process.

Ably supported by Joshua Elliot (25 not out) and Morgan Vanandel (15) Andover were launched to an impressive 252 all out in the 47th over.

Max Souter (2-22) and Kelum Watta took the new ball for Andover and both produced an excellent display of new ball bowling.

Souter reaped the rewards, dismissing the dangerous Chris Brewer for 0 in the first over.

He then bowled another in the fifth over leaving Shrewton struggling at 20-2.

Mark Gund (53) then set about building the run chase with a patient knock, but he was couldn't find a partner to stay with him. Morgan Vanandel produced a superb display of quick bowling on a bouncy track, taking regular wickets to give himself figures of 3-42 and leave Shrewton 90-5 at drinks.

When Ballantine-Dykes bowled Gund with a beautiful off spinning delivery, the Shrewton chase seemed to wimper.

Ballantine- Dykes (3-21) and Jimmy Knight (2-22) cleaned up the tail in quick fashion to leaving the hosts bowled out for 156.

Andover II will continue their promotion push at home to St Cross III this Saturday.