Old Tauntonians & Romsey's five-match winning run ended when nearby Southern Premier Division 1 rivals Totton & Eling beat them by six runs with three balls of a tense derby to spare.

They narrowly failed to chase down Totton's 186, finishing 180 all out.

Totton won the toss and elected to bat first. Sixteen year old Abu Rasheed made an early breakthrough for OT'S when he had Rajat Parmar caught at point by Joe Vaughan for six. 

Fellow opener Bothwell Chapungu soon followed bowled by Hakim Peruzi and when a smart piece of fielding by Vaughan removed the dangerous Richmond Mutumbani for 14, Totton found themselves at 64 for 3. 

The introduction of Hampshire's Chris Wood bowling left arm spin kept things tight and his spell yielded 23 runs for four wickets. The Totton innings of 186 all out was built around a patient knock by Joe Baker who made 69 which included just two fours from 109 balls. 

Next top scorer was Ethan Taylor with 25. In addition to Wood's wickets, there were two for Peruzi and one a piece for Harry Tulk and Matt Bampton.

OT's openers Joe Vaughan and Charlie King attacked from the start of their innings and had brought up the 50 partnership in the sixth over before Vaughan departed for 18 caught at mid off trying to hit Brighton Mugochi over the top. With the score on 78 King departed run out for 26 following a mix up with Rob Newman. Three more quick wickets were to follow as Newman, Tulk and Alex Bampton were all dismissed as OT's subsided to 91 for 5. 

Wood and Elliot Ponting put together a patient half century partnership before Ponting was clean bowled by Matthew Simms for 14. With Wood still at the wicket OT's were still slight favourites but when Peruzi made only two, the pendulum swung back towards Totton. From 148 for 7 Wood and Tom George edged towards the target, but with only 16 needed for victory Wood played around a delivery from Billy Lightfoot (Totton's seventh bowler used) and he was out for 41.

George and Matt Bampton dealt mainly in singles until Bampton became Simms second victim with eight runs still required. With 8 balls remaining and seven runs needed the umpire upheld a vociferous LBW appeal against George from Lightfoot and Totton ran out winners by six runs. 

It was OT's first defeat in five games and they will be looking to bounce back when they visit Andover in their next match.