In a thrilling encounter at the Ageas Bowl Nursery Ground, Andover's very own rising star, Sam Ashman, displayed his talent by notching up his first-ever half-century for the Hampshire Academy, writes Mike Vimpany.

However, his heroic efforts were not enough to save the county youngsters from a resounding 91-run defeat against South Wilts.

Ashman's scintillating knock was a true testament to his prowess as a batsman, as he showcased an array of elegant strokes and impeccable timing.

He gracefully guided the ball to the boundary ropes on eight occasions, accumulating a well-crafted 51 runs against the South Wilts bowling attack.

The visitors had set a competitive total of 198.

In their pursuit of the target, Hampshire Academy stumbled early, losing wickets at regular intervals.

Ashman's innings provided a glimmer of hope for the home side, as he held the fort with determination and composure.

Unfortunately, he lacked the support from the other end, leading to a disappointing total of 107 before being bowled out.