Double trouble for Locks as Purbrook duo ton up

Jacob Wilson. Picture: Malcolm Wells (141703-5801)
Jacob Wilson. Picture: Malcolm Wells (141703-5801)
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Purbrook pair Jacob Wilson and James Holder put Locks Heath to the sword with a magnificent 264-run second-wicket partnership in Hampshire League division one.

Aussie opener Wilson (188) was rarely troubled, while Holder (109) returned to form in style.

The Locks Heath bowlers had no answer as the visitors stormed to 367 for three after winning the toss to set up a 164-run triumph.

‘It was a great toss to win,’ said Purbrook captain Martin Lee.

‘The wicket was like a road and we capitalised on it.

‘That is Jacob’s second century for us and we are pleased to have him in our ranks.

‘James has been struggling for runs so it is great to see him finding some form with his first ever league hundred

‘He has had three ducks for us this summer but it all fell into place in this game.

‘He had a little bit of luck but it was his day.’

Locks Heath captain Jack Levy admitted it was a long afternoon in the sun for his team.

Lacking a few senior bowlers, his team were made to toil.

‘There was very little movement off the pitch and we couldn’t make any inroads,’ said Levy.

‘Their second-wicket partnership took the game away from us.

‘It was all a bit demoralising in the heat.

‘Chasing such a big target, it would have been easy for our heads to drop.

‘To our credit we kept up with the run-rate but couldn’t stem the flow of wickets.’

Alex Richardson (74) led the resistance but Locks Heath were eventually bowled out for 203.

Levy accepts his Locks Heath team face a scrap to stay up in the final five weeks of the season.

The absence of senior players has hit them hard at times.

‘From here on in it is a question of getting the win or two needed to survive,’ said Levy.

‘I have not managed to get as many players back playing as I had hoped.

‘Jon Richardson is emigrating to Australia and his brother Alex hasn’t always been available.

‘We have also missed the two sets of brothers Mike and Chris Boyd and Alex and Ollie Adams.

‘I am confident we can do what is necessary to stay at this level.

‘We have been competitive in most of the games.’

For Purbrook, the win is a big step towards securing their safety.

‘This pushes us a bit further away from the relegation zone,’ said Lee.

‘There is still a bit of work to do and one or two more wins should do it.

‘We just need to show a bit more consistency.

‘If we had done that earlier in the season we wouldn’t be worrying about it.’