LONGPARISH didn’t waste any time in chasing down a modest Fair Oak total of 142 to secure a seventh straight Hampshire League, County Division 2 victory at Lapstone Park.

Harry Martin (3-33), Matt Jackman (3-25) and teenage leftarmer Scott Sturt (2-25) did all the damage as Fair Oak made 142, a score boosted by Jake Salmon’s late 40 not out.

Longparish had the points wrapped up with 20 overs remaining, Michael Taplin scoring a run-a-ball 28 as the visitors made it to 52 in the ninth over.

Will de Cani struck a lively 33 before falling to the promising Greig Stewart, but Paul Blackmorewas 49 not out when the Oaks score was passed.

Longparish are effectively 40 points clear at the top of CD2 going into Saturday’s derby with Amport, who sit bottom of the division after a loss to Hungerford on Saturday.

Amport set a target of 173 all out but were easily caught with Hungerford having five wickets to spare.

Barry Blackmore and Gary Taplin stole the show as Longparish trimmed Rotherwick ITW by five wickets to consolidate seventh position in Regional 1 North.

Parish looked set for a long afternoon in the field when Rotherwick advanced to 78-0, but they capitulated against Blackmore, whose spell of 7-32 was largely responsible for them slumping to 137 all out.

Taplin cracked 75 as Longparish raced home with four overs to spare.

Martin Bearpark’s fine form with the bat continued as he struck an unbeaten 78 in an eight-wicket away win at Overton III, lifting Longparish III to third spot in Regional 3 North.

Longparish will face Tichborne Park in next Thursday’s Winchester & District CA Tichborne Trophy final at St Cross Symondians’ Green Jackets Ground.

Parish tipped out Fair Oak in the semi-finals, while Tichborne overcame a batting collapse to nick a three-wicket win over near neighbours Sparsholt.

Alex Coetzee (38) and Will de Cani (28) led the way as Longparish posted 128-9 against Fair Oak.

Rhys Oxley (4-17) and Adi Mandrekar (3-20) took the bowling credits for Oaks, who fell short in their batting with only Mitch le Tissier (26) making his mark.

They made 111-9, with Matt Jackman taking 3-11.