Atkins is at his best as Hambledon get off the mark

Hambledon batsman Rob Atkins  Picture: Mick Young
Hambledon batsman Rob Atkins Picture: Mick Young
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Rob Atkins (83) showed signs he is back to his best as Hambledon got off the mark in Southern Electric Premier League division one with an eight-run win over Sparsholt.

Atkins, who has suffered a couple of lean seasons, produced a match-winning innings in an outstanding team performance.

The 33-year-old also produced a crucial run-out when the visitors looked on course in their run chase.

Indeed, for the last nine overs the hosts were a man short after young bowler Prad Bains (hamstring) limped out of the action.

Hambledon captain Ian Turner felt it was an important win for his team.

‘It is a big win for us and came about because of the terrific spirit in the dressing room,’ said Turner.

‘It was a great team effort built around a match-winning performance from Rob (Atkins).

‘He has struggled for a couple of years but you can see that he is getting back to his old self.

‘On his day he is a class act and although not a big hitter, plays some classy shots and finds the boundary.’

Portsmouth chalked up a third successive win with a comprehensive nine-wicket success over OT’s and Romsey at St Helens.

The visitors were skittled out for 105 with Andrew Marston (three for 14), Ishfaque Ahmad (three for 15) and Vikram Dawson (three for 19) inflicting the damage.

Jack Marston (43) and Alex Hammond (30) easily saw the hosts home.

In division three, Waterlooville maintained their 100-per-cent record with a 93-run win over Lymington II.

Ville posted 237 (Jon Hudson 58, Max Goddard 41) and bowled the New Forest side out for 144 ( Sam Hillman four for 23; Andy Reynolds three for 21).

Gosport Borough stormed to an impressive five-wicket win over previously unbeaten South Wilts II.

Blake Maher (108 not out), Lee Harrop (57) and Tom Larner (42 not out) batted well as Borough chased down a target of 260 runs.

Havant II lost by seven wickets at St Cross Symondians despite good efforts from (Dyer 68 not out) and Burns (53 not out).