Banned Fareham & Crofton skipper admits he has learned his lesson

Fareham's Luke Gould bowls against Purbrook last weekend. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131827-4)
Fareham's Luke Gould bowls against Purbrook last weekend. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131827-4)
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Luke Gould begins a two-match ban as Fareham & Crofton look to continue their winning ways at Portchester in Hampshire League division one.

But the Bath Lane skipper insists the suspension, imposed by his own club, was not in relation to a bad-tempered derby with Purbrook last week.

Instead it was for dissent shown towards an umpire in a clash at Locks Heath.

And Gould believes he has learned his lesson.

‘I have to hold my hands up and admit I was guilty,’ said the all-rounder.

‘As captain it wasn’t the greatest example to set and this ban is my own stupid fault.

‘Since the incident I have tried to be a lot more responsible. This has nothing to do with the events at Purbrook last week.’

Batsman Thomas Kent returns for Fareham & Crofton but they are without talented young seamer Luke Cornish.

Gould, who will watch from the sidelines, is expecting a tough test from Portchester.

‘They are a good all-round unit and up around the top year after year,’ he said.

‘In Dave O’Neill they have a dangerous bowler and both the Locke brothers are capable of scoring big runs.’

Purbrook and Locks Heath are both looking for a return to form as they meet at Purbrook Heath.

The visitors promote Ollie Adams for his senior debut after he has impressed with a couple of centuries in division three south.

They are also boosted by the return of miserly bowler Dave Lemon from injury.

With Alex Richardson also back, Locks Heath are almost at full-strength.

‘After the dejection of last week (at Easton & Maryr Worthy) it would be nice to get back to winning ways,’ said captain Jack Levy.

Unbeaten Waterlooville can take a step closer to promotion with victory over Rowledge II at Rowlands Avenue.

In division two, Hayling Island make the long journey to Hungerford, while Sarisbury II will look to get their promotion bid back on track against Liphook & Ripsley II.

Bedhampton Mariners, who have found their feet after last season’s relegation, visit Mudeford.