Borough ‘bottle it’ in crucial clash

Gosport Borough skipper Tom Larner. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131903-3)
Gosport Borough skipper Tom Larner. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131903-3)
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Gosport Borough’s Hampshire League division one promotion ambitions suffered a blow with a 10-run defeat at Lymington II.

The Privett Park side looked in good shape when they had the hosts 80 for seven but allowed the lower order batsmen to set 231.

And while Borough started well, careless batting led to a middle-order collapse and a 10-run defeat.

‘We bottled it and threw the game away,’ said captain Tom Larner.

‘After getting ourselves into a good position we wasted our opportunity.’

Elsewhere, Fareham & Crofton got back on track with a five-wicket success at Sarisbury Athletic II.

After bowling the relegation strugglers out for 217, Luke Gould’s side easily chased it down.

Thomas Kent (99) and Sam Stoddart (90) made sure their team made no mistake.

Purbrook captain Martin Lee led from the front as his side claimed a 45-run win at Ellingham.

The visitors were bowled out for 152 at Picket Post but Lee took four for 19 to see off the New Forest side.

In division two, Hayling Island and Bedhampton Mariners maintained their promotion push.

Gary Martin (51) steered Hayling (181 for three) to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Old Basing (180).

Meanwhile, the Mariners skittled hosts Cadnam out for 94 after posting 166.

Rowner suffered a six-wicket loss at Bransgore despite centuries from Rob Bowman (107) and Matt McKeever (105).

Bishop’s Waltham kept their division three south title bid firmly on track with a 49-run win over Woodgreen.

Phil Baldock (44) top scored as the league leaders posted 186 before restricting their rivals to 137.

Hambledon II claimed a comfortable eight-wicket success over Southampton Community.

Chasing 104 for victory, Mark Le-Clercq led the way with an unbeaten 45.

Jake Charman (52) top scored as Waterlooville II maintained their unbeaten record with an eight-wicket win over Old Alresford in regional division one