PARLEY were crowned Dorset champions in two age groups after winning county under-13 and under-15 cups finals – both against Hamworthy.

The under-15s registered a seven-wicket victory over Hamworthy at Chapel Gate and will go forward to represent Dorset in the ECB National Cup.

Parley received a bye in the first round and will meet Hampshire winners Hook & Newnham Basics in the second round at Parley on Sunday (2pm start).

Hamworthy batted first in the under-15 final and, after the loss of an early wicket, Gabriel Winsor and Jacob Gordon took the attack to the Parley bowlers and were well placed at 72 for one in the 12th over.

Gordon fell for 25 before Winsor retired soon afterwards, having made 50.

The rest of the batting maintained the run-rate, but were unable to accelerate, with Harrison Neary and James Mitchell both bowling four overs for 18 runs and Mitchell claiming three wickets.

Parley openers Andrew Cooke and Cameron Laird made a steady start against tidy bowling.

Laird (11) was the first to fall with the score on 42 after eight overs and Cooke took his score to 38 before falling to a brilliant run-out from Nathan Holness off his own bowling.

Jacob Browning played the anchor role, allowing Luke Neill (21) and Thomas Saunders (17*) to display a fine array of shots, leading Parley to victory in the 18th over.

In the under-13 final, Parley completed a thrilling last-over chase to beat Hamworthy.

Axel Deem delivered an exemplary captain’s performance, claiming one for 21 with the ball, before wielding his bat to terrific effect to help his team seal a four-wicket victory.

Deem (1-21) and Joe Huns (1-20) claimed the scalps of Finley Raworth and Tom Peacock as Parley made early inroads into their opponents’ batting.

But Parley’s progress was checked by Hamworthy opener and captain Josh Parsons, who scored 30 before retiring out. Charlie Collinge added 27, and Toby Berry an unbeaten 22, as Hamworthy, playing on their home ground, set the visitors 127 for victory from their 20 overs.

Marcus Bragginton struck 18 and Thomas Norman chipped in with 13 to get Parley’s reply off to a solid start. After that pair had fallen – Norman to Parsons, who returned figures of one for 19 in a stellar all-round display – Deem and Kieran Laird combined to lead their team close to the winning line.

They both bowed out after hitting 30 to clear the way for Robbie Hemmings to come in and smash his way to 19. And despite Hamworthy’s Freddie Marlowe nicking a couple of wickets at the death, Milind Khashu hit the winning runs with five balls to spare.

Parley went on to lose by four runs to Wiltshire representatives South Wilts in the ECB National Cup.

In pursuit of South Wilts’ 110 for five, only Marcus Bragginton, who retired on 30, performed with the bat as Parley finished on 106 for seven.