Sarisbury skipper takes positives from opening-day defeat

Sarisbury captain Matt Journeaux
Sarisbury captain Matt Journeaux
Stuart Ransley stepped it up against South Wilts. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Sarisbury Athletic captain Matt Journeaux felt there were positives to be taken as his team started life in Southern League division one with a two-wicket defeat at Basingstoke & North Hants.

Despite losing, Journeaux felt the only difference between the sides was one player.

‘Their captain hit a hundred off 60 balls and looked like he was playing on a different wicket to everybody else,’ said Journeaux

‘We didn’t bat particularly well at the start of the game and at one stage we were 60 for five.

‘Sam Floyd (49) did well for us at number seven and we did well in the end to reach 179 for eight.’

Pick of the Sarisbury bowlers was Basil Akram who took three for 44 in his 10 overs.

In division two, Will Bond enjoyed a winning start as Hambledon captain after the Dons beat Bashley II by 36 runs at Ridge Meadow.

Bond struck a superb 85 and was well supported by Spencer LeClercq (41) as the hosts posted 210 for seven in their 50 overs.

Prad Bains, who struck 20 off the final over of the Hambledon innings, then grabbed an early wicket to heap further pressure on to Bashley.

And while the Dons had to be patient in the field, they stuck to their task to bowl their visitors out for 174 and earn a convincing win.

Ian Turner, Rupert Hetherington, Rhidian Chapman and Indy Chakrabati were all among the wicket-takers.

Havant II found newly-promoted Fair Oak too much of a handful in division three as they slumped to a heavy 206-run defeat at Havant Park.

Fair Oak put the home bowlers to the sword amassing an impressive 359 for three in their 50 overs.

Andrew Galliers (65) and Phil Loat (25) provided stubborn resistance but none of the other Havant batsmen reached double figures.

Waterlooville had little joy in the New Forest as they suffered a 105-run reverse at Lymington II.

Henk Nel (two for 51) was the pick of the Ville bowlers as the home side posted 293 for five.

James Scutt (51), Tim Jackson (33) and Sam Hillman (37) couldn’t save Ville who were bowled out for 188 runs.

Gosport Borough lost by five wickets with with 10 overs to spare at St Cross Symondians.

The batting of Michael Ruffell (43) and John Adams (46) provided the highlights of a Borough total of 174 runs which was never going to be enough.