Classy Ryan fires Portchester to derby joy

Curtis Locke was in form
Curtis Locke was in form
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Portchester showed they’d learned their lessons as they bounced back to beat Locks Heath.

Brittle batting had seen Paul Hungerford’s men slip to their first loss of the season at Ryde.

But they were in no mood to repeat the errors, winning the division one derby clash by 82 runs.

Queensland all-rounder Jamie Ryan, who is used to playing his cricket on the Sunshine Coast, had no problems adapting to the difficult conditions.

He defied the wind and rain to score an impressive 101 and along with opening batsman Curtis Locke (53) laid the foundations for an important win.

‘Having an effective overseas player at the club makes all the difference,’ said captain Hungerford.

‘Last summer we struggled with our overseas bowler failing to make much of an impact.

‘Jamie has come in and shown that he is a quality all-rounder and has gelled well both on and off the field.

‘He is a typical hard-hitting, aggressive Aussie batsman who likes to play his shots.’

Locks Heath were also trying to put a loss in their previous outing behind them.

They ran out Steve O’Neill in the 14th over, after inviting the home side to bat on a tricky wet wicket.

But a second-wicket partnership between Locke and Ryan steadied the ship.

Lee Hungerford (20) and Blake Barnwell (19) added useful runs late on, taking Portchester to 259 for eight wickets.

Dave O’Neill turned the screw with five maidens from his 10 overs, taking two for 12.

Ryan also delivered as Locks Heath were stifled.

Harry Robbins, 15, bowled well on his debut, claiming the scalp of visiting opener Scott Jones (37).

The introduction of Barnwell to the attack, however, proved decisive.

Dangerman Mike Boyd (58) looked like getting Locks Heath back on track but Barnwell had him caught behind.

Locks Heath were dismissed for 177 in the 43rd over.

‘It is a good win and sets us up for the big game against league-leaders Waterlooville next week,’ said Hungerford.