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George Walters in-form with both bat and ball for Woodhay



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Fortunately for Hampshire League cricketers, most of the weekend's matches survived the rain – and, fortunately for the scorers, there was no need for the Duckworth-Lewis Method!

One of the sides to benefit was East Woodhay, who beat South Wilts 3rd by four wickets.

Woodhay won the toss and elected to field and made a lighting fast start when George Walters removed one of South Wilts' openers without scoring.

George Walters was in-form with both bat and ball
George Walters was in-form with both bat and ball

Woodhay took wickets at regular intervals and restricted South Wilts to 211/8 from their 45 overs.

Richard Dando (0-22) was once again unfortunate not to pick up wickets from an impressive nine over spell.

Alan Williams (3-28) was prolific with the ball while Walters added to his early wicket to finish with figures of 2-26.

Woodhay's batters began in the same fashion as South Wilts had – captain Joe Lawrance was out for a duck.

Despite 38 from Adam Barnes, Woodhay, at 110/5 and then 135/6, looked to be in a precarious position.

George Walters, who had picked up the day's first wicket, was the hero when he scored the final runs – his unbeaten 66 taking Woodhay over the line with four wickets to spare.

Elsewhere, Ashford Hill bowled Crown Taverners all-out for 166 thanks to Mark Williamson's (4-26) destructive spell.

However Ashford Hill were skittled for 141, 25 runs short of Crown Taverners modest total – and were perhaps wishing it had rained after all.

Kingsclere's batters also struggled in difficult conditions – they were all out for 191 against St Cross Symondians 4th which, had it not been for Ed Lyle's 100 from 56 balls, could've been a lot worse.

Lyle's fantastic innings proved to be a match-winning one – St Cross were dismissed for 102 as Roger Jones (5-15) obliterated the St Cross middle order in emphatic fashion.

Donnington lost to Old Basing 3rd after being bowled out for 189 despite 41 from David Maddocks.

After a delay due to the weather, Old Basing chased down a revised target of 140 with nine wickets and 15 overs to spare.

AWE Tadley lost to Cove 4th by four wickets on a disappointing afternoon in which they could only field 10 players.



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