Fans from both Paultons and Sparsholt descended on the Ageas Bowl for the Plate Final that was played in sunny late-September sunshine. Paultons batted first and made a good start with Cameron Grierson leading the charge. After fellow opener Nathan Feltham fell for a quickfire 28, Sparsholt ran through the Paultons middle order with Nicholas Doubell (1-30), skipper Jeremy Frith (3-21) and David Banks (2-17) doing the damage. Grierson (47) was run out just shy of his 50 as Paultons made 116 from their allotted overs.
The Sparsholt run chase started slowly as opener Antony Richman (1-4) in particular bowling a miserly spell. Lewis Mitchard (10) was caught brilliantly by wicketkeeper Simon Ennew who went on to stump David Banks (13) as well. With Sparsholt stalling at 42-2 after 10 overs Stuart Taylor (40*) and Tim Vokes (17) steadied the ship and thrust them back into contention with some hard hitting. Vokes was run out of the last ball of the penultimate over so it was down to Taylor to try and see his team over the line. It came down to a six being needed off the final ball but Taylor was unable to strike a maximum so Paultons won by five runs and lift the plate.
In the Cup Final South Wilts won the toss and elected to bat under the Ageas Bowl floodlights. Tom Morton was the star of the innings, the opener striking 63 from just 35 balls with three sixes. None of his initial partners could stay with him with Shane Brewer (2-19) striking twice with a run out from Matt Love as well. Morton eventually found support from first Arthur Godsal (33) and then Robert Pittman whose quickfire 47 from 24 balls allowed South Wilts to reach an imposing 187.
Hook's reply got off to the worst possible start with Jordan Hobday LBW to the first ball of the innings. The innings was kick-started by some huge hitting by captain Josh Buckingham who smashed 84 off 40 balls including seven sixes. Buckingham eventually fell to a fantastic catch by Arthur Godsal. Matt Love and Rhodes Franklin chipped in with valuable runs after Buckingham's departure but when Love fell for 35 and Alex Brown for 4 to Stephen Warner (3-30), the pendulum swung back towards South Wilts. Rhodes Franklin was the Hook hero though as he added to his two wickets with an invaluable 35* to lead his team home by four wickets and to claim the cup.
Photos from both matches are in the gallery and are courtesy of Roy Honeybone, Dave Vokes and Rob Franklin.