Calmore Sports ‘A’ completed the Taurus Hampshire Border League double when they defeated Old Tauntonians and Romsey ‘B’ at Loperwood Park to lift the Cup to add to their unbeaten league triumph.
The home side won the toss on a balmy summer evening and they invited OTs & Romsey to bat first.
Luke Johnson and Dan Croft opened the bowling and were soon amongst the wickets. Croft trapped Danny Collins lbw and Stuart Shapland was well held in the deep by George Woodhall off Johnson. Paul Longland, a seasoned player with the Romsey outfit, was holding the innings together, but he fell third wicket down for 23 off 25 balls when another well taken catch in the deep – this time by Matt Taylor off the bowling of Man of the Match Ben Perry.
OT&R’s captain Charlie King was bowled by Mark Lavelle and Richard Lake also perished in the deep off Perry – James Rose taking the well judged catch.
Half the side gone and OTs & Romsey were struggling against the well drilled Calmore bowlers. Perry picked up his third as Sam Rhys was caught and bowled before Jody Kirkham-Brown became their second highest scorer with just 9 but the final tally of 85 for 9 was a disappointing return.
Ben Johns, who had scored 158* in the Southern Premier League match the previous Saturday and then pummeled 51 not out in the Under 17s Cup Final on Sunday, was again in belligerent form, striking the ball well as Calmore started to chase down their target.
Johns hit a four and two sixes before falling second wicket down after Paul Proudley was dismissed by Kirkham-Brown for 6.
But as Calmore closed down on the final score, Darren Vann fell to Steve Kay but it was left to the veteran James Rose and young George Woodhall to take them home – the latter crashing a monstrous six to complete the task.
Skipper Mark Lavelle received the Cup from League Secretary David Peck and also claimed the Premier League Shield from Taurus Hampshire, the league sponsor and their managing director Paul Longland.