Banks expects league disciplinary action

Pete Hammond took three wickets for Sarisbury in a bad-tempered clash with Liphook & Ripsley. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131898-0196)
Pete Hammond took three wickets for Sarisbury in a bad-tempered clash with Liphook & Ripsley. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131898-0196)
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Sarisbury Athletic skipper David Banks is expecting to be hauled up before the Southern Electric Premier League disciplinary committee to explain his part in a controversial win at Liphook & Ripsley.

The division one leaders claimed a 45-run success as Joe Lovett turned in a match-winning performance.

He blasted a fine 53 in his side’s total of 187 for eight before then helping himself to five for 31 as Liphook were bowled out for 142.

But the umpires stepped in at various points in the contest.

They were unhappy with some of the verbals as Sarisbury attempted to get themselves back into the game with comments directed at Liphook skipper Jamie Richards.

While Banks felt it was within aceeptable limits and a common occurrence in a competitive game, others believe it went too far.

Banks said: ‘The game got overshadowed unfortunately.

‘We take 50 overs of abuse from teams every week.

‘It’s not horrible – it’s just designed to get under our skin.

‘Then we give Jamie a bit of a working over – nothing abusive – and we are told to calm it down by the umpires. It’s so inconsistent.

‘I took offence at that, especially when Jamie said it was fine himself.

‘Things rumbled on, myself and the umpires had a few words and things went a bit sour.

‘A couple of decisions then weren’t given and people got a bit heated. But I’m sure there will be repercussions after that and I look forward to giving my side of the story in due course.’

Elsewhere in division one, Hambledon nearly snatched an unlikely win after they were bowled out for 141 – but Fawley scrambled home with one wicket to spare.

In the premier division, Havant picked up a draw in their timed clash with Bashley (Rydal).

After Bashley hit 232 for seven, Havant were in trouble in their chase at 61 for four.

But Chris Morgan (70) then raised hopes, only for Richard Hindley’s side to come up short on 213 for eight.

Ventnor’s match with Totton & Eling also ended in a draw.