PORTSMOUTH’s fielders delivered three vital run-outs as they bounced back from a first defeat of the season to get their Southern Electric Premier League division two promotion bid back on track.
Dave Henderson’s side went down to a surprise loss to Bashley II last weekend as their 100-per-cent record went up in flames.
But they claimed an important three-wicket victory over Tichborne Park as Will Smitherman, Vikram Dawson and Andy Marston showed their skills in the field to swing the game.
Henderson said: ‘We got three run-outs through brilliant bits of fielding.
‘Those dismissals came at crucial times and the fielding was the difference between the two sides.’
Tichborne Park’s 186 was still a stern target but Jack Marston (84) and Harry Collier got the job done for the St Helen’s club.
Elsewhere in division two, Hambledon slumped to the bottom of the table as they went down to a three-wicket defeat at Bashley II.
The Dons posted a below-par 166 with Shane Nkomo (40) top-scoring and Will Mann (35) leading something of a fightback.
But Hambledon’s attack, missing key man Rupert Hetherington, allowed Bashley to get off to a fast start and they got home with seven wickets down.
Ventnor were left breathing a sigh of relief as they ended their run of six straight defeats in the premier division with a four-wicket win over Lymington.
The Islanders had been in a horrible run of form but seamer Adam Wilson (six for 10) produced a match-winning spell as Lymington were bowled out for just 87.
Ventnor made heavy weather of the reply but skipper Mark Holmes said: ‘It was a big relief.
‘We were in a slump but we knew we had to turn it around ourselves
‘We made a few changes and had Adam Wilson back, who bowled superbly.’
In division three, Bobby Dyer hit 54 not out for Havant II as they claimed a four-wicket success at Lymington II.
Gosport Borough went down to Trojans by six wickets in their division three clash.