Smith makes mark as Purbrook seal opening win

Bradley Smith bowls for Purbrook. Picture Ian Hargreaves  (111693-2)
Bradley Smith bowls for Purbrook. Picture Ian Hargreaves (111693-2)

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Purbrook overseas bowler Bradley Smith made a quick impact as his side recorded a crushing nine-wicket win over Compton & Chandlers Ford in Hampshire League division one.

The visitors were dismissed for just 91 runs, as 22-year-old Smith, from Cape Town, picked up three wickets for 28 runs.

Captain Stephen Mitchell chipped in with three for 30.

‘We took two wickets in the first over, including their overseas player,’ said Mitchell.

‘Having an overseas bowler instead of a batsman this year, we hope to be more penetrative with the ball but it means the locals have to step up and make the runs.

‘If we can continue with our good start we hope to push at the top end of the league.’

Opening batsmen Jamie Mitchell (35) and Alan Mengham (38 not out) guided Purbrook to victory.

Scott Smith continued where he left off last season, hitting 53 as Locks Heath opened up with a five-wicket win after bowling visitors Idlers out for 115 runs.

A depleted Bedhampton fell to a seven-wicket defeat at Ryde while the derby between Waterlooville and Gosport Borough was rained off and Portchester were also denied any play due to rain.

Portsmouth II opened up their division two campaign with a seven-wicket win over Bramshaw in the New Forest.

The experienced Dean Oliffe bowled 10 overs for just 26 runs to put the hosts on the back foot.

Youngsters Joe Harvey (four for 65) and Matt Giles (two for 46) helped Portsmouth dismiss their hosts for 195 runs.

In reply, openers Vikram Dawson (53) and debut-making Chris Hemming (71 not out) gave Portsmouth the start they needed and Simon Moon chipped in with 22 runs off 11 balls.

In division three, United Services II earned a four-wicket success over GE Hamble at Burnaby Road.

Fraser Quirke (three for 19) and Matt Easton (three for 28) reduced the visitors to 138 all out before 17-year-old opening bat James Marshall (75 not out) saw Services home.

Gary Hounsome (23) and skipper Gareth Toms (17) provided support.

Hambledon II beat Locks Heath II by four wickets.

Will Mann took four wickets as the visitors collapsed to 75 all out and the experience of Jamie Lewis (21) and exuberence of 14-year-old Eddie Lewis (21) helped the home side to 76 for six.