BOURNEMOUTH moved into second place in the ECB Southern Premier Division by ending Hampshire Academy's three-match winning start.

The Lions wrested the initiative away from the county youngsters in the post-lunch period.

The Academy came into lunch in the ascendency with Bournemouth 77-5 - Eddie Jack having removed both openers and Luke Webb falling to spin soon after - but Lewis Freak (35) and Canford prospect George Guirdham (21) turned the tide with a key half-century partnership.

Their stand gave bowling all-rounders Connor Smith (29) and Cole Rushworth (20) licence to push on and lift the all-out Bournemouth total to 189 (Oli Cordery 3-34), a score skipper Simon Woodruff was satisfied with.

The Hampshire teenagers found batting on the slower Chapel Gate club surface decidedly different to their accustomed Nursery ground habitat, so chasing down the target would be far from straightforward.

Bournemouth have a varied and decent bowling attack, with the experienced Dan Conway (2-18) and Ollie Breckon reducing the Academy to 55-3.

Ben Mayes (33) and Andrew MacEwen (33) got stuck in, but wickets continued to fall against the left-arm spin of Smith (3-26) and  the leg breaks of South African Aiden Meyer (3-31), who also pouched three catches. The Academy were all out for 140.

Meanwhile, Kieran Laird struck an 87-ball hundred in a thrilling Parley 279-run chase against Southern Premier Division 3 rivals Paultons at Whitemoor Lane.

Laird, who travels back from Cardiff University each weekend to play for Parley, cracked six maximums and seven boundaries, and shared an unbroken century partnership with Marcus Bragginton (35no) as Paultons' 275-8 was overtaken with an over to spare.

He made exactly 100 not out after Tom Jacques and Alex Nippard each made fifties.

Rob Pike (70) and Tony Richman (49) top scored for Paultons, with Owen Morris taking 3-31.
Parley's innings contained nine sixes and 29 fours, compared with four sixes (all by Richman) and 25 fours by Paultons. 

Parley, who finished third in Division 3 last term, fielded an entire team of 'home grown' players, all of whom had emerged from the club's excellent junior development programme.