Title hopefuls aim to sink Bedhampton

Portsmouth & Southsea batsman Ash Wallace. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122466-2)

Portsmouth & Southsea batsman Ash Wallace. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122466-2)

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Portsmouth & Southsea can take a step closer to securing the Hampshire League division one title by sinking basement-side Bedhampton at Bidbury Mead.

Dave Tiller’s side are unbeaten at the top of the league with just three games to go, but the captain has warned against complacency.

‘Bedhampton have some good players and turned us over at the same venue last season,’ said Tiller.

‘We have been pretty average for the last couple of weeks and only just pulled a win out of the bag against Andover II last week.

‘Bedhampton are another side fighting for their lives and we don’t want a repeat.’

Star batsman Ash Wallace failed for the first time last week, dismissed for a duck.

And he will be keen to get back to accumulating another big score.

Wicketkeeper Matt Smith is unavailable due to work commitments.

PORTSMOUTH & SOUTHSEA: Ash Wallace, Mike Patey, Matt Benfield, Dave Upton, Alex Fletcher, Ashley Foukes, Sam Collings-Wells, Dave Tiller, Jono Willey, Tom Benfield, Seth Jackson

n Luke Gould is confident Fareham & Crofton can get the wins needed to avoid relegation as they travel to Alton II.

‘In our last two games we pushed top sides to the wire,’ said Gould.

‘We gave a good account of ourselves and I am sure we will stay up.’

Ed White returns after work commitments and Dan Berry is back from holiday.

Fifteen-year-old Luke Cornish retains his place after doing well in the last couple of games.

FAREHAM & CROFTON: Luke Gould, Ed White, Ben Kissane, Dan Berry, Chris Davey, Gary Wylde, Charlie Stubbs, Bob Marchant, Duncan Farmery, Danny Durant, Luke Cornish

n Fifth-placed Waterlooville are hitting form at the right time as they take on Locks Heath at Rowlands Avenue.

Ville will go into the contest full of confidence after inflicting a first defeat of the season on powerful Ryde last time out.

Meanwhile, Portchester are looking to avoid a third successive defeat as they travel to Lymington II, while Purbrook go to Hook & Newnham Basics II.

In division two, Hayling Island are aiming to be the first side to lower the colurs of unbeaten league leaders Ventnor II.

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