Gould: Toys will stay in pram this summer

Luke Gould, left, is determined to ensure the toys stay in the pram this time
Luke Gould, left, is determined to ensure the toys stay in the pram this time
Kyle Abbott celebrates a wicket today against champions Essex. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Purbrook and Fareham & Crofton are hoping to avoid the unpleasantness of last season’s meeting in their Hampshire League division one local derby.

Their last encounter proved a feisty affair, with both teams accusing each other of verbal intimidation and abuse.

Fareham & Crofton won by six-wickets.

But afterwards captain Luke Gould accused the hosts of playing like a pub team.

This time round, though, Gould believes both teams can put that behind them and focus on the cricket.

‘A few toys were thrown out of the pram by both teams last season,’ said Gould.

‘A few things happened in the last game that hopefully won’t be repeated.

‘Everyone plays to win and sometimes that can get out of hand.

‘We have no intention of going back there and viewing it as a grudge match.

‘Our priority is to try to win a game of cricket.

‘As a team we will approach it with an open mind, and I am sure both teams will want to focus on the cricket.’

Fareham & Crofton are pleased to have a number of key players back.

Gould, Ben White, Chris Hillier and Ben Cooper all return.

Last weekend their team selection was decimated.

It was no surprise that they went down to defeat at high-riding Shrewton.

Before that Gould’s team had strung together three consecutive wins.

That would have been four if the weather hadn’t intervened against Ropley.

‘I am expecting normal service to be resumed and for us to look to get back to winning ways,’ said Gould.

‘Purbrook have had some good results lately, so it will be interesting to see what they can throw at us.

‘We are a bit different from last season in that we now bat a lot further down the order.

‘This season we have shown that we can bat opponents into the ground and then apply the pressure.’

Gould, however, is still without last season’s match-winner, Luke Cornish, who is unavailable.

Cornish grabbed a four-wicket haul in the victory.

He has also been in good form with the bat this summer, only recently just missing out on a century on 98.

Cornish will be missed but Gould believes there are plenty of others who can do damage.

White recently knocked over the Locks Heath lower order and will be the strike bowler.

Purbrook will also head into the contest in a confident mood, after their convincing 75-run win over Gosport Borough.

Their 21-year-old Aussie opener, Jacob Wilson, blasted an unbeaten 117 and will pose a big threat to the visitors.

‘Gosport are a decent side and it was a good win,’ said Purbrook captain Martin Lee.

‘I was really pleased with our performance.’

Purbrook: Martin Lee, Jacob Wilson, Josh Spiers,

Sean Figgins, Jamie Holder, Clarke Harding, Andrew Holder, Krishan Patel, Graham McCoy, Aaron Dean, Matt McGlinchey

Fareham & Crofton: Tom Kent, Sam Stoddart, Campbell Saul, James Headon, Ben White, Luke Gould, Chris Davey jnr,

Ben Cooper, Charlie Stubbs, Reg Emery, Chris Hillier