Frustration for Fareham

Fareham skipper Luke Gould. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131827-4)
Fareham skipper Luke Gould. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131827-4)
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Fareham & Crofton’s bid for a fifth successive Hampshire League division one win was dashed by the weather with rain forcing their game against Ropley to be abandoned.

Home captain Luke Gould believed his team were on their way to chalking up another success before the weather closed in.

‘We had set a target of 242 for five and had them 67 for two after 13 overs,’ he said.

‘I had got their dangerous overseas player out lbw for 14 and think we would have gone on to win.

‘But once the rain started it never looked like stopping.’

Earlier the home side looked in big trouble at 27 for four after being put into bat on a green wicket.

Seventeen-year-old Luke Cornish (98 not out), however, came to the rescue and along with Matt Gould (55) put on a 158 runs.

‘They dug us out of a huge hole,’ said the skipper.

‘Luke is a natural all-round sportsman and missed last week because of his involvement with the England hockey set-up.

‘He is only slight but hits the ball hard with impeccable timing.

‘When he bats he seems to have so much time.’

Elsewhere, the rain came to United Services’ rescue as they stared defeat in the face against Ryde at Burnaby Road.

The visitors amassed an impressive 305 for nine before having Services on the ropes at 67 for nine after 29 overs.

In division two, Bedhampton Mariners (237 for eight) inflicted a first defeat on leaders Burridge II (164) at Bidbury Mead.

Railway Triangle bounced back to winning ways with a comprehensive seven-run win over Kerala in regional division two south.

Stand-in captain Mark Snook led from the front as his team moved to the top the league.

The visitors were dismissed for 151 with Snook (four for 28), Dave Peachment (three for 26) and Jason Rix (three for 31) the heroes.

Snook (59 not out) and Jason Russell (58) then easily guided their side home.

‘I don’t think Kerala knew what hit them,’ said regular captain Dan Maritz.

‘In the end we just beat the rain to get the win.’