Portsmouth were put to the sword in the Southern Electric Premier League t20 Cup by Hampshire Academy as they went down by 102 runs in a one-sided affair.
The Academy starlets turned in a ruthless display on the Ageas Bowl nursery ground as they cruised into the next round of the competition at the expense of a side now plying their trade two divisions below.
Skipper James Scott (two for 28) was the pick of the Portsmouth bowlers as they struggled to tie down the rampant Hampshire youngsters who crashed 180 for four from their 20 overs.
Ollie Green hammered 76 from 52 balls – blasting eight fours and two sixes – while James Halson (39) provided some able support.
But the figures did not make good reading for the Portsmouth bowlers – Rob Jones (one for 47), Farshan Jemildar (one for 21) and James Wright (none for 52) all taking some stick.
Portsmouth’s hopes of victory already looked slim at the midway point in the contest but their run chase never got going as they eventually succumbed for 78 all out.
Jemildar (20), Jones (16) and Dave Henderson (16) were the only scores of note.
A fine bowling performance from Hampshire youngster Ryan Scott saw him pick up four wickets for just two runs from two overs, while Green followed up his impressive batting with two for 11 from two overs.
Defeated skipper Scott said: ‘They batted very well on a track that wasn’t doing much.
‘It was much more in favour of the batsmen.
‘They are a well-drilled team, they put the ball in the right areas and made us work hard for it.
‘We came up well short, unfortunately.
‘It was our first game of the season and we didn’t perform as well as we could have.
‘It was a bit of a disappointment because we all looked back at the Ventnor game in this competition last year when we all played out of our skins and beat them.
‘We thought we could do it again but not on this occasion.
‘It’s Hampshire Academy and they are the best side we will face all year.
‘A lot of those lads will go on to become first-class cricketers and they outclassed us.
‘We were probably a bit undercooked but that’s not an excuse – we should be ready for the season.
‘Hampshire Academy have the chance to play a lot more than we do, so it was always going to be a tough ask.
‘It was a disappointing day and it was probably a result that everyone was expecting but I would have liked us to get a lot closer and to have put up a better fight than we did.’
Meanwhile, Havant’s Kingfisher Beer Cup – the ECB’s national club championship – clash with Liphook & Ripsley again failed to beat the weather.
The two sides, who switched the venue to Havant Park, will try again today at 1pm.