1462 for 73 off 143 overs, with 98 4s and 24 6s!! the Final decided off the last ball for
the third time in four years! The 13th Cheriton 6s again provided exciting non-stop
cricket on Bank Holiday Monday. After 15 matches, and over 10 hours action it was
hosts Cheriton who reclaimed the Trophy for the first time since 1998 with victory over
local rivals and holders Tichborne Park.
In the highly competitive group stages 7 of 12 matches went to the last ball! In the
Green Group Fair Oak topped the group after wins against Compton & CF, last years
runners-up by 5 runs and Westbourne by 4 wickets. They were joined by Berkshire
outfit Shinfield who having beaten Fair Oak by 2 runs and Westbourne off the
penultimate ball early in the day were themselves beaten by Compton to end up
second on bonus points.
In the Gold Group Cheriton and Tichborne Park played out a tight group game with the
hosts edging it by 8 runs and each brushed aside the challenge of newcomers Steep
and The Wild Things to take their places in the final four.
In the semis, Shinfield’s 56 for 1 was not enough to beat Cheriton, ending the Berkshire
club’s campaign, while Tichborne cruised past Fair Oak’s 27 all out with an over to
The scene was then set for a high quality final with a ‘local derby’ flavour, and the two
teams did not disappoint the large crowd, who also enjoyed the Flower Pots Inn Beer
Festival, hog roast and other refreshments throughout the day. Batting first Cheriton
made 48 for 3 off their 5 overs with Andy Goff top scoring with 25 not out. In reply
only Tom Allam got going with the bat in the Park’s reply, but his 27 not out was not
enough and Cheriton had done enough, winning by 5 runs to bring the cup back home!
The Complete Property Best Batsman Award was won by Andy Goff of Cheriton; the
Windwards Bananas Best Bowler Award went to Gary Sharma of Fair Oak; the Cheriton
Computers Catch of the Day was won by Derek Manning the Fair Oak skipper for
holding onto a boundary one-hander up the hill; Tim Marcon of Shinfield won the Wilds
Sports Biggest 6 and Zaheer Ahmed of Shinfield won the Knight Frank Champagne
Moment for his sportsmanship when out-foxed by the slowest of slow balls!
Teams interested in playing in the competition in 2007, Hampshire’s longest running 6-a-
side, should contact Philip Housden on 01962 771371.