Atkins inspires Hambledon to victory over Burridge

James Wright strikes for Portsmouth against Hook
James Wright strikes for Portsmouth against Hook
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Hambledon batsman Rob Atkins hit back from his opening day duck as he fired 88 in a thumping 115-run victory at Burridge in Southern Electric Premier League division two.

Atkins and Jack Lavous (69) combined to muster a 184-run first-wicket partnership.

And the visitors built on their impressive start as Greg Hill (46 not out) and Nick Scutt (28 not out) carried on the good work in the later stages to post a daunting 268 for four off their 50 overs.

Martin Bundy was the only Burridge bowler to have any real success, taking three wickets for 56 runs off his nine overs.

Burridge were soon in trouble as they slumped to 62 for five with Rhidian Chapman (three for 40), Dave Williams (two for 19) and Rupert Hetherington (two for 46) all getting among the wickets.

Ventnor made it two wins from two, with a seven-wicket triumph over Bournemouth II.

Roger Miller took three wickets for 29 and David Beven grabbed three for 20 as the hosts were bowled out for 146.

Ventnor opener Cole McConchie hit eight fours in his 54 runs off 75 balls to guide his side to their victory, showing their credentials again.

Portsmouth failed to build on their opening-day win as they slumped to a 48-run defeat at Hook & Newnham Basics.

The visitors got themselves into a great position as Paddy Fullarton (three for 50), Tom Sambrook and James Wright had the hosts floundering at 70 for seven at one stage.

‘It was an opportunity lost,’ said Portsmouth captain James Moon.

‘We allowed them to get to 188 after having them in all sorts of trouble.

‘Our fielding was terrible and dropping seven catches didn’t help.

‘I still felt it was a gettable total but the wicket started to dry out and to be fair our opponents just bowled the ball into the right spot.’

James Wright (43) was the pick of the batsmen but at 100 for eight off 27 overs Portsmouth were in serious trouble.

Harry Mulligan and James Scott put on 35 runs for the 10th wicket but it wasn’t enough.