Romsey finished 2019 with a comfortable 77-run win over St Anthony’s in the first of two McIntyre Cup Twenty20 matches.
Romsey got off to a hot start with openers Taylor Stevenson and Chris Burkett each scoring half-centuries during a 105-run opening stand before Burkett was bowled for 53 with 10 boundaries.
Stevenson fell next after putting together a 44-run partnership with captain Ben Way, before he was run out for 51.
Way was the third and final wicket to fall, getting caught for 32 as Romsey finished at 3/174.
St Anthony’s never looked like touching Romsey’s total, losing 3/15 early.
While they were able to string together a couple of partnerships to reach 4/71, St Anthony’s tail fell quickly before running out of time at 8/97.
Chris Burkett took 2/4 from just two overs while Louis Moor took 2/13 from three overs.
Romsey are still outside of the top four after the win, just 0.23 points behind Bacchus Marsh and take on Gisborne at home on Saturday in the final T20 fixture.
Wallan suffered a close five-wicket loss to East Sunbury in the first of their Johnstone Shield T20s.
Played on the Saturday before Christmas, Wallan was sent into bat by the hosts, making 7/102 in their 20 overs.
The Magpies weren’t able to form any large partnerships as wickets fell consistently.
Captain Brad Regan led Wallan with 22 before he was caught while Ryan Cumberland made 20 before he was bowled.
An early wicket from playing coach Chris Vecchie (3/23) gave Wallan’s defence some hope but a 68-run second wicket partnership put that on the backburner.
While wickets weren’t falling, Wallan was defending well with East Sunbury needing to use every ball of its 20 overs to chase down 104 runs.
Wallan is third on the Johnstone Shield ladder and host Rupertswood in the final T20 on Saturday.