Sarisbury run rivals ragged

Sarisbury's Matt Journeaux. Picture: Malcolm Wells (093005-3496)
Sarisbury's Matt Journeaux. Picture: Malcolm Wells (093005-3496)
Tom Alsop. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Sarisbury Athletic are blazing a trail at the top of Southern Electric Premier League division one.

The unbeaten leaders eased to an 84-run success over Rowledge on Saturday.

A commanding batting display – with the top six all making significant contributions – put Sarisbury in charge.

Matt Journeaux (79) and Pete Hammond (58) put on over 100 for the third wicket before David Banks, Michael Bond and Joe Lovett also added valuable runs in Sarisbury’s sizeable total of 335 for seven.

Rowledge shot out of the blocks well in their reply.

But once James Ingram (three for 41) got among the wickets the game was up.

‘We are going well at the moment but can’t afford to ease up,’ said Sarisbury captain Banks.

‘Burridge and Hambledon are breathing down our necks and things can change so quickly.’

Derek Kenway (115), Scott Mills (89 not out) and Shu Chowdhury (62) guided Burridge to 296 for three in their easy 103-run win over Andover.

The visitors fell well short with Geoff Dods (four for 38) and Suji Wickramasinghe (three for 45) doing the damage.

Hambledon kept up the pressure on the top two with a comprehensive seven-wicket win at Hook & Newnham Basics.

Ex-Hampshire spinner Ian Turner (three for 16) and Sri Lankan Roscoe Thattil (three for 26) helped skittle the visitors for 151.

The Dons, however, made a disastrous start to their reply – losing James Scutt and Rob Atkins without scoring.

Joe Collings-Wells (76 not out) and Thattil (52) came to the Ridge Meadow side’s rescue, though.

United Services slipped to a third consecutive division two defeat as they went down by two wickets at Calmore Sports.

Services were bowled out for 155 despite the efforts of Chris Rait (22) and Dan Robbins (60).

‘We showed plenty of fighting spirit and refused to give up,’ said Services skipper Lee Carroll.

‘With a bit more luck we could have won.’

Phil Loat (48) helped Havant II beat Fair Oak by five wickets in division three.