Paskins helps to unlock door to key Heath win

Jack Paskins batting against Portsmouth & Southsea. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150997-769)
Jack Paskins batting against Portsmouth & Southsea. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150997-769)
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Locks Heath captain Jack Paskins plundered a century to help his team break their Hampshire League division one duck with a 37-run win at Portsmouth & Southsea.

Paskins is thriving in his new responsibility after taking over at the helm of the Warsash Road club at the start of the season.

Moshi was remarkable because he is in Ramadan and hadn’t eaten since 3.15am.

Jack Paskins

He grabbed his maiden century just a month ago and his latest ton saw struggling Locks Heath take their third-placed hosts by surprise.

The 22-year-old admitted he was relieved to see his team finally get off the mark.

‘We were starting to get a little bit edgy and this win should give our confidence a massive boost,’ said Paskins.

‘When we finally took their last wicket it was such a relief.

‘Our results up until now have not reflected the performances and I have felt all along that we have not been too far away.

‘We could and maybe should have won a couple of games before now.

‘This was the first time, though, that we managed to put all the parts of our game together.’

It didn’t start well for Locks when Justin Cousins was out without scoring and was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Will Hughes and Moshi Sabri.

The visitors were in dire straits until Jack Levy, who hit 54, combined with Paskins for a 127-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

At the end of the innings Rob Stead, who hit 16, and Andy Newlands, with 15 not out, added valuable runs to help their side end on 253 for seven.

Paskins felt the total gave his team a fighting chance.

‘Although the outfield was fast and the boundaries were small, it wasn’t a particularly easy wicket to bat on,’ said Paskins.

‘We felt it was a par score and we had to bowl well.’

Portsmouth & Southsea reached 124 for the loss of two wickets with danger men Matt Smith, who fired 37, and Matt Benfield, who made 58, at the crease.

The spinners delivered for Locks Heath, as Sabri picked up two for 27, and Tom Griffiths took five for 57.

‘We knew their three and four batsmen could win the game for them,’ said Paskins.

‘Moshi was remarkable because he is in Ramadan and hadn’t eaten since 3.15am.

‘He bowled Smith and then Tom produced a devastating second spell to finish them off.’

It was only the second game of the season for 18-year-old Griffiths because of his Portsmouth Grammar School duties.

Paskins insists his team can build on the success and plot their division one survival.

‘We want to stay in this league and reckon three or four wins should do it,’ he added.