Stand-in skipper Shephard does it again as Waterlooville claim nailbiting Southern Premier League Cup success
Alex Shephard continued his fine run as stand-in skipper as Waterlooville claimed a second successive victory in the Southern Premier League Division 2 / 3 East cup.
The previous week Shephard - captaining the side as Sam Hillman is in quarantine following a trip to Spain - hit four sixes in an unbeaten 66 against Hambledon.
He followed that up with an unbeaten 44 in a stunning ninth wicket stand that gave Waterlooville a nailbiting two wicket win against Tichborne Park.
Chasing Park’s 154-8 total, Ville slipped from 79-3 to 97-8.
Shephard and Matt Shaw (21) had steadied the ship after James Long (2-23) had dismissed openers Archie Reynolds (1) and Jon Hudson (2).
Jake Charman and Max Goddard were both out for a duck and Namish Verma (3), Dave Connolly (2) and Ashan Silva (3) all fell cheaply.
But No 10 Haydn Knight struck an unbeaten 30 in helping his captain add an unbroken 57 for the ninth wicket.
With Tichborne contributing 48 extras - including an amazing 36 wides - Ville won by two wickets with just over five overs remaining.
Chris Pratt went close to reaching his maiden century as Hambledon were beaten by Liphook & Ripsley in the same group.
Batting at No 4, Pratt struck 12 fours and four sixes in his 77-ball 90 as Hambledon were all out for 195.
Wicket-keeper Simon Barnard, batting at No 8, was second top scorer with 25 not out.
Hambledon had earlier been 21-3 after George Neave had dismissed openers George Marshall (5) and Spencer Le Clerq (10) and in-form Henry Glanfield had also made just five.
Liphook were in no mood to hang around in reply, racing to victory on 196-6 with almost 12 overs in hand.
Harry Munt top scored with 36 while Neave (33), opener Rob Nicklin (26) and Jamie Hall (23 not out) also contributed.
Hambledon didn’t help themselves by conceding 28 wides - Jack Pearce sending down 10 of them in three overs.