Sarisbury march on but fear promotion block

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Hampshire and rain frustrate Middlesex

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Sarisbury Athletic underlined why they they should already be playing in the top division of the Southern Electric Premier League with a 10-wicket demolition of Fawley in division one.

David Banks’ side turned in a fine bowling display to restrict the visitors to 158 for nine from their 50 overs as James Ingram (three for 19) led the way.

Joe Lovett (two for 23) and Dan Goldstraw (two for 29) played their part in a bowling attack that is the envy of many sides.

On a great batting pitch, openers Ricky Rawlins (78 not out) and Archie Norris (72 not out) made it look easy for the defending champions.

They got home inside 28 overs and without losing a wicket.

Banks said: ‘It was a quick and bouncy wicket and our bowling attack just blew them away.

‘It was 250-plus wicket really but Ricky and Archie batted really well. That was that really.

‘We’re enjoying it because we are playing really good cricket.

‘It’s not that we are playing terrible sides.

‘It’s always nice to smash sides every now and again!

‘But it’s the second time this season we have been finished before 6pm, even though we are not rolling sides out for 80 or something.

‘Their skipper told me he thought ours was the best seam attack in the whole league, not just division one.

‘That makes it all the more frustrating we are not playing in the premier division.’

The Allotment Road ground has a 30-yard stretch that is just a few yards short of being accredited for the top level.

And Banks is hopeful that can be solved in time for next season.

He said: ‘I still think it’s a bit ridiculous that it’s only one of the wickets and it’s a small stretch of the pitch that is just a few yards short.

‘We could win the league and not get promoted again, which would be tough to take. I hope that’s not the case.

‘I think there is a meeting scheduled between ourselves and the league and hopefully things will become a bit clearer.

‘I just think the league would be stronger if we were in the top division and I think most of the other clubs think that as well.

‘But that’s not taking anything for granted at all.

‘We’ve got some tough games coming up but it’s starting to look like a two-horse race between us and Burridge.’

Rick Ankers’ side saw their game at Hook & Newnham Basics washed out by the weather.