The six invited teams (OTs & Romsey, Langley Manor, Fawley, Totton & Eling, Langley Manor Ladies and Bramshaw) initially competed in two groups of three. At 9.45 we were drawn against LM ladies and Totton & Eling.
Each game was 7overs per side with a single, first super-over where all runs counted double. Totton and Bramshaw opened the day with the first game. Totton showed the true value of a super over scoring around 24 off six-balls.
Being the last team drawn from the hat we had a bit of a wait until it was our turn to play the 4th game of the day against LM ladies (with some lads we noticed!). Batting first, we didn't really exploit our super over. We ended up with about 60 runs to defend - it all looked a bit ominous! However, excellent bowling and fielding kept the ladies scoring rate down and we won quite easily in the end. Our 2nd game against Totton was a bit more one-sided. We batted first but again failed to get over 70. Totton got to our total with an over to spare.
The results of the group stages meant that the final games could be determined, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each group playing each other.
5th/6th decider: Bramshaw v Langley Ladies
3rd/4th decider: OTs & Romsey v Fawley
1st/2nd decider: Langley Manor v Totton & Eling
Bramshaw narrowly lost to Langley Ladies even though they looked to be ahead for most of the game.
OTs & Romsey u15s toughed it out with Fawley. A good all round performance, scoring more runs than than before, wasn't quite enough and we finished in 4th spot overall.
The final between the two group winners was a thriller. Langley Manor posted a smallish total when they batted first, but went on to take Totton wickets regularly to keep them in a good position. The scores were tied with one ball remaining and Totton scrambled the required single to win the first Langley Manor super-eight tournament.
Many thanks to all at Langley Manor - and to Bryan Ponting in particular - for making it such an enjoyable day for all the teams and spectators. Long may it continue!
It is the intention that funds raised all go to the McMillan cancer charity.