Borough edge tight game at Privett fortress

Simon Creal. Picture: Sarah Standing (141634-9329)
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Gosport Borough are up and running on their return to the Southern Electric Premier League after they edged a tight division three encounter against St Cross II.

After defeat in their opening fixture at Havant II last weekend, Borough returned to Privett Park where they were invincible last year on their way to promotion from the Hampshire League.

And they continued that impressive home form with a 14-run success, although skipper Tom Larner felt it should have been more comfortable.

He said: ‘It was a lot tighter than it should have been.

‘We fell over the line, rather than winning comfortably.

‘But it’s given us a lot of confidence.

‘We just fell a bit short in the first game so it was nice to get the win this time.’

Lee Harrop (42) and Blake Maher (47) shared a 60-run stand for the second wicket as Borough eased to 85 for one.

But that bright start crumbled to 167 for seven before Charlie Pennicott (32) played a useful knock to drag his team up to 207 for eight.

St Cross were then in big trouble as Matt Johnson (two for 20) turned in a fine spell with six maidens in his 10 overs and Simon Creal (four for 24) also starred.

With the visitors reduced to 96 for seven, it seemed only a matter of time before Gosport sealed victory, even without Conor Regan who was banned for one match for a show of dissent last week.

But a bright innings from Jamie Aldridge at number eight (44) saw his side put on 76 for the ninth wicket, before Borough finally got him out.

Larner said: ‘We thought 207 was a competitive total but we would have liked 20-30 more runs.

‘But then we got straight into them and started off well with the ball.

‘Matt Johnson bowled a fantastic opening spell.

‘Then their number eight started attacking and really gave them a chance.

‘We were getting pretty nervous, especially after losing last week and being in a similar position.

‘If he had been in earlier, the game could have been completely different but he was batting down the order.

‘Once we got him, the last two wickets fell almost straight away.

‘So it was a big relief.’