Easton will not give up the fight

Matt Easton, right, knows it is crunch time. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Matt Easton, right, knows it is crunch time. Picture: Allan Hutchings
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United Services captain Matt Easton will not give up the fight to stay in Hampshire League division one.

The Burnaby Road outfit have it all to do.

They face a daunting trip to second-placed Lymington II tomorrow, before ending the campaign against basement club Rowledge.

‘There is still a chance of staying up, though losing to Sarisbury has made it more difficult,’ said Easton.

‘We need to find a win from somewhere, or at the very least pick up as many points as we can, if we lose.

‘The final game of the season against Rowledge is a must-win game for us, and hopefully results elsewhere will go for us.’

Easton is boosted by the return of experienced strike-bowler Fraser Quirke for their visit to the New Forest.

Fareham & Crofton can do Services a huge favour by beating relegation-rivals Bournemouth II at Bath Lane.

Luke Gould’s team will want to make up for their shock defeat by Rowledge II.

League-leaders Portchester host fifth-placed Shrewton as they look to continue their title charge.

‘We know exactly what we have to do and there won’t be any complacency in our camp,’ said Portchester captain Tom Adams.

‘Shrewton have lost their last three and we have to continue to make life difficult for them.

‘For us, it is case of keeping our nerve for the last two games.’

Locks Heath are hoping to halt their slide down the league by beating already-relegated Rowledge.

In-form Purbrook are aiming for an eighth win as they welcome Ryde to their Purbrook Heath ground.

Captain Martin Lee is in fine form, taking five wickets in their excellent win over Shrewton.

Sarisbury Athletic II can strengthen their position still further with a home success over Ellingham.

In Hampshire League division two, promotion-chasing Hayling Island host struggling Rowner.

A home win over Langley Manor II will take Bishop’s Waltham close to the division three title.

Waterlooville II are aiming for an unbeaten season and host Gosport Borough III in regional one south.