Tilford won the toss and batted first. Despite losing an early wicket they made good progress with a partnership of 62 between Matt Swarbrick and Mark Ramesar to bring the total to 93. Swarbrick made a quickfire 55 off 57 balls with eight fours. Thereafter the innings slumped with Ramesar departing for 30 and the only other major contributor was Andy Hall Hall with 29. The innings ended on 174 in the 43rd over with Tim Powell taking four for 44 and Archie Wadey three for 27. Skipper Craig Edwards finished with two for 18 off ten tidy overs.
Midhurst’s reply started well with a 49-run partnership for the first wicket, with Nathan Kemp making 28. The innings soon declined with only Isaac Oates holding firm with 31 as the score reached 89 for seven.
Powell put up some late resistance until he was last out for 27 with the final score on 134 in the 42nd over.
For Tilford, Jason Stones took three for 25 off his ten overs, Ross Kerr three for 31 and captain George Ellis three for 30 on a very hot afternoon.
Headley won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. Economic opening spells from Devyn Scott and stalwart Matt Hall (two for 13) made life difficult for the top order. Change bowlers Jack Baldwin (one for 41) and skipper Dom Johnson (one for 32) kept the pressure on as wickets fell regularly.
Leg spinner Alex Wenban recorded his best figures of the season so far with four for 32 off ten overs. Frensham batter Greg Smith showed resolve and scored 51 not out – he was supported by lusty hitting from the tail as Frensham were bowled out for 147 in 46 overs.
Headley’s reply began quickly with attacking openers Rana Rizwan (ten) and Usama Abro (nine). However, after both openers were dismissed in quick succession, Headley’s middle order failed to make any significant scores.
The consistent partnership of Gavin Arend (22) and Alex Wenban (20) failed to deliver big runs. When they both departed after making starts, the home side offered little resistance, apart from a spirited 22 not out from Scott.
Headley were bowled out for 105 in the 42nd over.
James Barlow (three for 33) ripped the heart out of Grayshott’s middle order as the hosts were bowled out for 130.
Grayswood knocked the runs off in 27 overs.
In Division Four, Headley second team’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end, as they lost their top-of-the- table clash against Frensham’s third team at Hollowdene Rec.
The hosts won the toss and asked Headley to bat on a flat, hard wicket.
Headley opener Paul Kelly prospered, hitting 63 before being sharply stumped by John Wallace off the bowling of Sam Platt (one for 36). Hari Elisetti scored a classy 80 before he was run out by Charlie Pamment after drinks. The match then swung in Frensham’s favour with the introduction of John Turnbull, who ripped through Headley’s middle and lower order and finished with figures of five for 23 off eight overs. Headley declared on 216 for nine after 40 overs.
Headley’s bowling response started well, as vice-captain Kieran Cook (two for 27) dismissed Frensham openers Mohammad Hashir (ten) and Platt (nine) early on.
However, Turnbull stood up again and held Frensham’s innings together with 90 not out.
With eight balls remaining Turnbull steered the ball to the boundary for four to seal Frensham’s three-wicket win.
In Division Six, Headley’s third team were heavily beaten at Grayshott’s third team.
Grayshott plundered 246 for five before bowling the away side out for 41 in 24 overs.