Turrell hits form to lift Portsmouth & Southsea to victory

Strike bowler Chris Turrell was in cracking form for Portsmouth & Southsea on Saturday   Picture: Allan Hutchings
Strike bowler Chris Turrell was in cracking form for Portsmouth & Southsea on Saturday Picture: Allan Hutchings
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Chris Turrell starred in Portsmouth & Southsea’s five-wicket win in Hampshire League division one.

Strike-bowler Turrell took four for 42 as the visitors stunned their third-placed hosts.

The aim was to consolidate and I feel we have successfully done that

Kieran Dunston

Turrell’s devastating opening spell laid the foundations for the victory which was completed by an excellent unbeaten century from Jack Davies (106 not out).

Portsmouth & Southsea captain Kieran Dunston rated it the best performance his side have produced all summer.

‘It is a great result and shows just what we are capable of when we are at our best,’ said Dunston.

‘We have beaten some of the top sides but this has to be our most complete performance.

‘In the end, it was comfortable winning by five wickets with 12 overs to go.

‘This season was always about regaining confidence after being relegated from the Southern Electric League.

‘The aim was to consolidate and I feel we have successfully done that.

‘We have won more games this summer than in the last two years put together.

‘It shows that we are getting back on track and into a position where we can push for a return to the higher level in the near future.’

The win was even more remarkable considering the home side won the toss and opted to take first advantage of a decent batting track.

Turrell, however, knocked over their top four batsmen – having two caught behind, one bowled and another caught at point.

‘It was a fantastic opening spell from our right-hand seam bowler,’ said Dunston.

‘He attacked the stumps bowling a fantastic line and length.’

Fellow opening bowler Jonathan Willey kept it tight at the other end though Shrewton recovered slightly to post a 229 run target.

Dunston felt confident at that stage although his team were going to need a summer best if they were to win.

‘The wicket and outfield were good but we hadn’t chased anything higher than 200 yet this season,’ said Dunston.

The captain needn’t have worried though they did lose Matt Smith early on.

Davies then came to the crease and for the first time this season in the league the 21-year-old showed his quality by going on to make the match-winning score.

‘Jack has been scoring runs for fun in midweek but has struggled in the league,’ said Dunston.

‘By his own high standards he will admit he has under-achieved.

‘However, he showed his class scoring runs all around the wicket.

‘His first 50 came at a run a ball and his second in 30 deliveries. He is a great player of spin bowling and will back himself to beat the infield.’