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Woodhay beaten again despite scoring more than 300 against Ferndown

East Woodhay's miserable start to the Hampshire Cricket League Division 1 season continued following a 39-run defeat to Ferndown Wayfarers - despite scoring more than 300.

Most of Woodhay's woes have been with the bat this term but it was the turn of the bowlers to struggle this time as Ferdown, having won the toss, posted a formidable first innings total of 345/5.

A score of that magnitude seemed unimaginable when Richard Dando (1-29) and George Walters (1-61) removed two of the top three for single figures and left the visitors languishing on 19/2 but two huge hundreds turned the game on its head.

Woodhay’s woes continue despite mammoth score with the bat
Woodhay’s woes continue despite mammoth score with the bat

Tom Fish (2-79) stuck to his task and was rewarded with two late wickets but was unable to prevent Ferndown clocking up an excellent total.

Woodhay will be able to take a lot of positives from their batting performance but again lacked runs up front, with two of the top three out for less than 20.

Adam Barnes offered some much-needed resistance as he scored a composed 39 which did at least set up a platform for the middle order to make a game of it.

Richard Dando was the first man to go after Ferndown's bowlers as he smashed 49 before Barnaby Talbot-Williams impressed even the opposition centurions as he set about his innings with gusto, hitting 10 boundaries as he scored 88 from just 78 balls.

The game was always going to be beyond Woodhay's reach but Any Longstreet ensured the league's bottom side finished with a flourish, making the most of some excellent running between the wickets as he added an unbeaten 46 from 38 balls as the hosts finished on 306/8.

Meanwhile, Tom Ford took a hat-trick as Donnington secured their first win of the Division 5 North East season, beating St Mary Bourne by 99 runs.

Antony Durdin top-scored with 35 as Donnington scored 203/8 from their 45 overs before Ford (4-30), Simon Keeble (3-34) and Adrian Waters (2-14) knocked the visitors over for just 104.

Elsewhere, Axel Du Plessis scored an unbeaten 93 and James Du Plessis took four wickets as Ashford Hill beat Holybourne by two wickets, while Izzy Apperley and Manovihari Kondle claimed three wickets apiece as AWE Tadley beat Basingstoke and North Hants 5th by three wickets.

Peter Frith scored an unbeaten 104 as Kingsclere beat Ropley by 49 runs.

Ed Lyle chipped in with a well-made 54 while Harry Murtagh took three wickets.

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