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Nic McMurray

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Purbrook cross the Solent determined to upset Ryde and keep their Hampshire League division one survival hopes alive.

A six-wicket win over Easton & Martyr Worthy last weekend rekindled hope for Sean Figgin’s side.

And the captain feels there is still lots to play for.

‘Our win dragged a lot of clubs into the relegation mix and gave us a massive boost,’ he said.

‘There are six games left and if we can win three or four of them we can stay up.

‘Ryde are likely to present us with a bigger test but if we can apply ourselves again we are capable of pulling off a win.’

Tom Jones is unavailable due to a family holiday but Jordan Price comes in to strengthen the bowling.

Meanwhile, unbeaten Waterlooville know visitors Lymington II are dangerous opponents after the two sides tied the corresponding fixture last season.

‘We certainly won’t be underestimating Lymington,’ said skipper Jon Hudson.

‘The aim is to concentrate on our game, get the job done and go one better this time around.’

Waterlooville are boosted by the return of Nathan White to bolster their attack.

Fourth-placed Locks Heath have Scott Jones and Ryan Smith back as they look to bounce back from last week’s surprise loss at Shrewton.

‘We lost ground on the leaders and must look to make up for that,’ said captain Jack Levy.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Portchester visit Easton & Martyr Worthy, while inconsistent Fareham & Crofton host St Cross Symondians.

It is make or break time for Rowner in their division two relegation clash against visitors Cadnam. Defeat at Hungerford left them second from bottom and desperate for a win.

‘We have a lot to prove against a side just above us,’ said captain Jason Hoskins.

‘We still need to win at least three of our last six games.’

Leading wicket-taker Andy Lilley is back from holiday, as is batsman Andy Matthews.

Hoskins also hopes to have the influential Greg Butler back from injury.

Third-placed Sarisbury II host Mudeford as they bid to keep up their promotion push.

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