A marvellous display with the ball saw Fair Oak to a third win in four completed Southern Premier Division 2 matches at Lower Bemerton, home of South Wilts II, on Saturday afternoon.

Oaks’ total of 169 for 7 seemed a little below par despite good innings of 55 from Will Hughes and 44 from Tom Hockenhull; at the end 15-year-old Tom Clark blazed away for 14 not out in just 5 balls.

Jayden Atkinson (2 for 26) and Rob Pittman (2 for 19) did best with the ball for the hosts.

The fiery Jimmy Hawkings (4 for 23) and Ben Smith (1 for 13) gave Fair Oak a great start with the ball, quickly reducing the hosts to 19 for 5.

With only Ben Huntley (17) putting up any resistance Oaks all-rounder Charlie Gwynn then turned in a remarkable spell of 4.4 overs, four maidens, 4 for 1 to complete a comprehensive demolition job at 48 all out in the 21st over.

In Hampshire County Division 3 South it’s five wins from five completed matches for Fair Oak’s 2nd XI after a thrilling Lapstone Park run-chase against their opposite numbers from Langley Manor.

The Manor made 189 for 8 from their 40 overs, Will Budd and Todd Garner joint-top scorers with 43 apiece.

Tom Merrill took 3 for 30, Toby Wolverson 2 for 29 and Andy Mash 2 for 40 for the home side.

Oaks struggled after the break against Kaine Stanton (2 for 26) and Ben Morgan (2 for 30).

But keeper Matt White played himself back into form with a vital innings of 66, with good support from Phil Smith (28) and Dave Illsley (24).

From a position of needing nine an over to win, eighth-wicket pair Merrill (18no) and Wolverson then cut loose to win the game at 190 for 7 off the first ball of the 40th over.

Veteran Lee Rennison came out of retirement to stroke 58 for Fair Oak’s 3rd XI at home to Calmore III in Division 5 Central.

But although Ryan Goodyear (44), Rob Munday (24) and injured paceman Freddie Eley (39no) also flourished with the bat, Paul Henry’s 3 for 19 proved decisive in restricting Oaks to 192 for 7.

Earlier, Calmore opener Paul Lock batted through the innings for 86 not out.

With good support from Callum Greasley (52) he helped his side to, as it turned out, an impregnable 215 for 6.

The limping Eley was Fair Oak’s most successful bowler with 3 wickets – but at a cost of 53 runs.

In Hampshire Division 6 South East Fair Oak IV made a healthy 151 for 5 with Seb Chambers’ unbeaten 60 the highlight.

Connor Potter returned to the side with 29 while Alex Corbett-Ball made 25 and Finn McCracken 23.

But the Privett Park strip proved to the liking of the Gosport Borough III openers, too.

Gavin King (85no) and Robert Wood (57no) powered their side to 154 for 0 and a ten-wicket win in just 15.2 overs.