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George Bailey is bowled for a duck against Essex. Picture: Neil Marshall

Hampshire fall to Essex loss

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Dave Henderson warned his Portsmouth side over the possible complacency creeping into their game – despite chalking up a fifth straight win in Southern Electric division two.

The St Helen’s side had to dig deep in their closest contest of the season so far as they claimed a two-wicket success over Langley Manor.

Andy Marston (four for 25), Jed Whitecross (three for 31) and Pat Burns (three for 32) led the way with the ball as Langley Manor were bowled out for 174.

It was set up for a straightforward chase but Portsmouth struggled with only Scott Curwood (40) able to stick around and they had to rely on Vikram Dawson (33 not out) to eventually guide them home.

Skipper Henderson said: ‘It felt like some of our batsmen didn’t apply themselves to the game situation and the conditions.

‘One of the downsides of being unbeaten is that you can become a little complacent so will be stressing in the next match not to take anything for granted.

‘But Vikram Dawson’s unbeaten 33 was majestic and he saw us home with the winning runs.’

In the premier division, Sarisbury Athletic suffered a bad day at the office as they went down to a heavy defeat to St Cross in their Southern Electric premier division clash.

Athletic’s bowlers failed to find their usual control and were blasted for 329 for four as Mike Pollard (105) and Adam Rouse (88 not out) did the damage.

Sarisbury’s Ricky Rawlins (75) was in good form but a clatter of wickets saw David Banks’ side lose five wickets for just eight runs as they slumped to 51 for five and eventually went down to defeat by 167 runs.

Banks said: ‘They batted well and we just had a mad 20 minutes, which cost us.

‘Hopefully, it was just a blip.’

Elsewhere in the premier division, Burridge went down by six wickets to Lymington, while Ventnor lost to Bashley (Rydal) by 58 runs.

In division three, Gosport Borough’s Lee Harrop hit 87 in their 57-run win over Totton & Eling II.