The last game and results had to go right if automatic promotion was to be achieved. They didn't. IBM made 213 all out (Rob Pfeiffer 64, Rob Schulkins 3-28). Olly Maund (81 not out) and 41 extras meant that it got closer than it should have as C.B.B.E.A. were all out for 208 (Dan Rides 2-31), and the nearest rivals also won.
Fawley chose to bat on a decent Southern Premier League-standard wicket that had been covered overnight to allow a prompt start on a cold, blustery, rain-threatening day. They included five under-15s, who later bowled very well. Dan Rides (3-29) and Fawad Ahmed (3-31) helped to keep the batting under control, until a late onslaught from skipper Elliot Earl (70) took them to 189 all out at tea.
On a wicket that gave a bit of help to the bowlers, Dinton were bowled out with an over to spare for 186 (Lawrence Hannaford 51, Andy O'Neill 44, Fawad Ahmed 6-43). IBM were always behind the clock until Fawad Ahmed (29) joined Mike Pollard (57) and hit a few lusty sixes to bring them back in the game. Needing 11 off the last over, Mike hit the second ball for six, but was stumped next ball. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, IBM were bowled out off the last ball for 183 (Richard Pearce 3-45), and dropped to fourth in the League.
IBM chose to bat on a nice day at a surprisingly pleasant modern venue. The outfield was huge, and Amesbury used it better. For instance, they scored eight 3's to IBM's 1, and ran many more singles, using the wide-open spaces well. IBM were bowled out for 140 (Sumith Suremdran 4-14) with Rob Pfeiffer and Mike Pollard top-scoring with 23 apiece, with 3 unused overs, and 9 maidens, not helping the cause. Amesbury were 90-6 in the 27th over, before David Bailey (17 not out) and Sumith Suremdran (34 not out), knocked off the runs required. 141-6 (Nick Wood 3-26).
Ben Hatcher (44) was the only one to make double-figures, and he was dropped twice, as Ampfield made hard work of getting to 102 all out ((Nick Wood 3-19, Charlie Griffiths 3-23) with the help of 28 Extras. Hitesh Tailor (37) top-scored as IBM secured another victory. 105-5 (Andy Holding 2-11).
Our third meeting, but a first for us at this delightful ground. Wayne Royan (55) and Matt Truell (30) batted soundly, but didn't get much help as Charlie Griffiths (4-35) out-bowled the usual suspects to reduce the Home team to 176 all out. Rob Pfeiffer (59), who had taken a stunning catch, was back in the hutch after an equally remarkable catch sent him on his way, before Rob Daley (41) and Mike Pollard (42 not out) saw IBM to a winning 177-3 (Sean Tranter 2-46).
On a green wicket, 9-man Ellingham chose to bat. Veterans Peter Doust and Andy Jones both got 34, but they only managed 116 all out (Nick Wood 3-30) before enjoying the 'Magnificent Tea' that Stuart rustled up. IBM made short work of the reply with Mike Pollard (41) and Hitesh Tailor (30 not out) ensuring 23 more points in the bag.
The Third XI made it a hat-trick of wins for the first time. Ashley Cocking (35) and Will Robbins (28 not out) led the way to 149-9 (D Frostick 3-26, A Wellen 2-28). Bedhampton were restricted to 130-7 (L Keeping 29, Robbie Cocking 2-9).
Ten-man Burley batted first and Keiron Hudson (43) and Steve Doick (30) took them to 78-1, but only James Edworthy (56) thereafter provided much resistance as they reached 162-4, before being bowled out for 169 (Dan Rides 4-23). After tea Rob Pfeiffer (49) and Tony Rolfe (23) set IBM on their way before Mike Pollard (56 not out) and Rob Daley (26 not out) wrapped it up for maximum points. 172-2.
Ryde arrived with Tommy Barton in their side, who two weeks ago smashed 34 sixes in his 331 not out, as they scored 518-2. Andy won the toss, and wisely chose to bat! After 3 overs, with score on 8-1, it rained, and Ryde got an early ferry home.