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The 1st XI tasted their first defeat of the 2014 ECB Southern Electric Premier League campaign when going down by 32 runs at home to Totton & Eling.

The hosts won the toss and inserted the visitors, who made 209-9 from 64 overs. Jack Richards (pictured) was the pick of the attack with 3-36. George Marshall (83) and Jimmy Taylor (51) were the mainstays of the Totton innings.

A much changed South WIlts side due to major unavailability struggled with the bat and though most batsmen made a start, no batsman managed to reach 40. Jack Mynott (34) and James Hibberd (32) battled hard but South Wilts were all out for 177 (Cameron Valente 5-46).

South Wilts' seconds were victorious away at Trojans in their SEPCL Division Three match. The hosts got off to a flying start through Ed Pope (48) but were hauled back by Mike Cutts (3-29) and Paul Draper (4-13). Draper, who had come out of retirement for 'one match only' due to the availability problems conceded just  13 runs off his 10 overs as Trojans succumbed to 135 all out.

The chase was swift and decisive as the 2nds reached the target in the 21st over, losing 3 wickets along the way. William Wade finished on 48no and Rob Pittman (35no).

Meanwhile, Sam Arnold scored 65 for South Wilts' thirds who lost to St Cross Symondians IV by five wickets.

Matt Smith, 84 not out, and Dan McLeish, 65, were the visitors' top scorers in their total of 218-5. South Wilts were 215 all out.

 Jack Richards in action