A devastating spell of new-ball bowling by Dave O’Neill (six for 33) helped Portchester maintain their unbeaten Hampshire League division one start with a 41-run win over Ventnor II at Cams School.
The visitors, who also came into the game unbeaten, had their hopes of chasing down a target of 155 runs blown away by O’Neill, who claimed the scalps of their top-six batsmen.
‘I got hit for six first ball and that has never happened to me before,’ said O’Neill.
‘When we batted we were in trouble at 50 for five on a wet wicket.
‘But our overseas player Andrew Webb put together a couple of late partnerships with Lee Hungerford and Scott Elford.’
Purbrook’s miserable start to the campaign continued with a 115-run home defeat at the hands of Waterlooville.
‘We weren’t disciplined enough with our batting and that is a lesson we have to learn,’ said Purbrook captain Sean Figgins.
‘When we bowled, we probably let them off the hook with too many loose balls and then a number of our batsmen got themselves out.’
Max Goddard (76) helped steer Ville to 197 for nine before the hosts were skittled for a meagre 82.
All-rounder Jamie Hill was the star of the show as Locks Heath got off the mark with a 23-run success at Hook & Newnham Basics II.
Hill crashed 47 runs late in his side’s innings to help them reach 264.
Then he took four wickets to help restrict the hosts to 241 for nine.
In division two, Rowner crashed to a third consecutive defeat, losing by 64 runs at Liphook and Ripsley.
‘We competed well but let ourselves down with our batting,’ said captain Jason Hoskins.
Andrew Lilley (four for 60) and Hoskins (three for 38) bowled well for the visitors.
Portsmouth & Southsea II were involved in a thrilling division three south tie against Bransgore with last-wicket pair Doug Butler (36) and Ben Saunders (21 not out) keeping their nerve at the death.
Both teams finished on 204 for nine after 45 overs as Nick Taylor starred with 31 runs and four for 29.