Purbrook skipper keen to embrace winning habit

Jack Cunningham bats for Purbrook. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131827-1)

Jack Cunningham bats for Purbrook. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131827-1)

Chris Stone

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Purbrook captain Sean Figgins is calling on his troops to finish the job and secure their Hampshire League division one status.

The Heath side can take a big step towards achieving safety by beating Shrewton on home turf tomorrow.

It will be a fourth-straight win for the side, who looked dead and buried a month ago when they propped up the table amid a confidence crisis.

Since then, however Figgins has seen his side turn the season around and haul themselves out of the bottom three.

With three consecutive wins under their belt, confidence has flooded back into the ranks.

And with four games left, the skipper believes they can do enough to stay up.

‘It wasn’t looking too good for us a few weeks ago but now our fate is in our own hands,’ said Figgins.

‘Despite that I was always confident once we won again we have the talent in the team to go on from it.

‘We were competitive and our opponents couldn’t believe we were where we were.

‘If we win a couple more games now we will be safe.

‘The sooner we can achieve that the better and this game against Shrewton is massive for us.

‘This is one of the games we have always targeted to win.

‘Having got ourselves into this position we are determined not to blow it.’

The last two wins – at Ryde and Portchester – suggest there is a new determination in the side.

Neither victories were expected but Purbrook showed their mettle.

At Portchester, it looked as if they had thrown their chances away.

A simple dropped catch let the home side off the hook and allowed them to post a target of 240 – after Purbrook had them in trouble early on.

In reply, Purbrook lost a couple of early wickets.

But they dug in and held their nerve in a nailbiting finish as the contest went all the way.

They still needed 11 off the final over and two balls in had Josh McCoy run out.

Overseas player Jack Cunningham proved the hero, though.

He hit a straight six to see Purbrook home with a ball to spare.

‘We would have lost that game earlier in the season,’ said Figgins.

‘Winning can become a habit, though.

‘It is one we want to maintain until the end of the season.

‘Then we can say it has been a great season after our early difficulties.’

Purbrook make three changes with James Iles, Krishan Patel and Martin Lee coming in for Josh Spiers, Joe Hampson and Jordan Price.

‘The changes will strengthen our batting and give us a bit more variety in our bowling,’ said Figgins.

‘The priority is to get the wins so we can enjoy the final few games.

PURBROOK: Cunningham, Holder, Jones, McCoy, Cleeve, Patel, McCoy, Figgins, Lee, Dean, Iles

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