Sunny spell lifts mood at in-form Waltham

Sunny Bhimsaria    Picture: Mick Young
Sunny Bhimsaria Picture: Mick Young
Portsmouth & Southsea's Chris Turrell. Picture Ian Hargreaves (170335-1)

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Bishop’s Waltham are gunning for a fourth-straight Hampshire League division one win as they welcome Ellingham to Albany Road tomorrow.

After making a slow start to the campaign, newly-promoted Bishop’s Waltham are starting to find their feet.

Their recovery has been boosted by the arrival of overseas player Sunny Bhimsaria from Hong Kong.

The all-rounder has been a major influence in both his games so far with ball and bat.

In the thrilling one-run win over previously unbeaten Portsmouth & Southsea, he bowled an awesome spell of leg-spin, conceding just 21 runs off his 10 overs.

Last weekend he turned his attention to his batting, smashing 13 fours and two sixes on his way to an impressive 92 in the eight-wicket win over Fareham & Crofton.

‘Batting has been an issue but with Sunny coming in it has had a calming effect on our other players,’ said Waltham captain Dan Wheeler.

Martin Lee is expecting a stiff examination of Purbrook’s title ambitions as they journey to New Milton II.

Both teams have lost just once so far this season.

‘We still have improvements to make if we are to keep challenging at the top,’ said Lee.

‘It was an improved batting performance against St Cross and the challenge now is to put in an all-round performance.’

Sarisbury II may find it difficult to build on their first win as they visit unbeaten league leaders Alton II.

Burridge II are hoping to get off the mark as they host Andover II.

In division two, Bedhampton are determined to stop the rot as they take on Old Basing at Bidbury Mead.

The home side have lost their last three matches including a surprise defeat at Hayling Island in their last game.

Bedhampton captain Dan Clark said: ‘Longparish were a decent side but we should have won our last two.

‘We can’t get any worse than against Hayling.

‘It was awful and I think too many were more pre-occupied with getting away to watch the football.’