Ben has the skill to boost Purbrook... Sarisbury II suffer setback

Purbrook's Ben Skilton.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (150935-9)
Purbrook's Ben Skilton. Picture: Paul Jacobs (150935-9)
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Hampshire and rain frustrate Middlesex

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A classy century from Ben Skilton helped Purbrook inflict a surprise 95-run defeat on second-placed Shrewton in Hampshire League division one.

Skilton, from Wellington, New Zealand, hit 116 and birthday boy Josh Spiers fired 50 as the hosts posted an impressive 300 for nine at Purbrook Heath.

With the ball the 19-year-old Kiwi ace was also impressive – grabbing four wickets to help bowl the visitors out for 205.

Purbrook captain Martin Lee believes his recruit has now adapted his game.

‘It has taken Ben a month to get used to the English conditions,’ he said.

‘Now he is showing just what a very good player he is going to become.

‘He is very good at picking up the length when batting and scores strongly through the covers.

‘This win shows what we can do when we have our regular side out.’

Sarisbury Athletic II had their promotion hopes dented by a disappointing 142-run loss at OTs & Romsey II.

The visitors played the first hour a man short, with one of their team arriving late for the contest.

‘We came a cropper badly and it is a bit of a setback,’ said Sarisbury captain Jon Floyd.

‘Chasing 277 to win we didn’t bat very well and they were better than us on the day.

‘Still, we have only lost three games so will go back to the drawing board for the next one.’

Cameron White hit 163 runs to give Burridge II a welcome 179-run derby success over Locks Heath.

Jack Paskins’ side crumbled to 71 all out chasing a target of 250 for seven.

Hayling Island slumped to an eighth-successive defeat, with a crushing 170-run reverse at St Cross Symondians.

Portsmouth & Southsea became the latest victims of unbeaten leaders Fair Oak as they suffered a 100-run defeat.

In division two, Sam Medhurst hit an unbeaten 54 for leaders Bishop’s Waltham.

They returned to winning ways to boost their title charge on their home patch.

Waltham posted 195 all out and Compton & Chandlers Ford fell 30 runs short.

United Services cruised to a seven-wicket win over lowly Liphook & Ripsley, with Tom May top-scoring with a contribution of 63 not out.

Bedhampton Mariners were in spectacular form as they recorded a 260-run demolition of Bransgore.

Martin Hovey fired 112 and Benny de Jong scored 146 not out.

They put on a 213-run partnership to take the game away from the opposition.