Sarisbury starlet is on the rise

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Josh Stewart-Hill has been backed to continue his meteoric rise through the Sarisbury ranks as the club’s second string take on St Cross Symondians in Hampshire League division one.

The 16-year-old smashed 75 off 15 overs against Bournemouth II last weekend – only for the game to be washed out by the rain.

‘The youngster is proving to be a real find for us,’ said Sarisbury II captain John Floyd.

‘He stepped up brilliantly batting at number seven.

‘Only a few weeks ago he was playing in our fourth team after coming to us from Hedge End at the start of the season.

‘He is an attacking batsman and also keeps wicket for us.

‘St Cross are down at the bottom with us, so this is a game we are targeting.’

Portchester captain Tom Adams expects his side’s unbeaten record to be put to the test by visitors Ventnor II.

‘We see Ventnor as one of the high-profile teams in our league,’ said Adams.

‘It is important to keep our momentum going and continue playing with a high tempo.

‘There is a confidence running through the team bred by the fact we are unbeaten.’

The hosts make one change – Scott Elson coming in for the unavailable Paul Hungerford.

Elsewhere in the top tier, United Services face a tough trip to Ellingham and Locks Heath go to Ropley.

Fareham & Crofton make the long journey to Shrewton without captain Luke Gould, who is getting married.

Division two leaders Hayling Island are without their captain, too.

Dave Gorvin will miss the top-of-the-table clash against OTs & Romsey. Richie Poole takes over the captaincy and still has in-form pair Mike Hallett and Mike Lever to call on.

Bedhampton Mariners can close the gap on fifth-placed Highfield by beating them at Bidbury Mead.

Martin Hovey’s team are in a confident mood after inflicting a first defeat of the summer on Burridge II.

Rowner are hoping for better luck with the weather as they host fourth-placed Cadnam.

The home side have only managed to complete three league games so far this season.