Fareham & Crofton eye derby cheer after Lord Mayor’s show

Chris Davey. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131353-579)
Chris Davey. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131353-579)
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Fareham & Crofton captain Luke Gould insists his team will keep their cool in the Hampshire League division one derby against Purbrook at Bath Lane tomorrow.

Games between the two sides have proved feisty and at times bad tempered in recent years.

In 2013, Gould referred to Purbrook as a ‘pub team’ following a particularly heated affair.

However, both teams insist they have put past differences behind them and will be focused on the cricket.

The hosts are celebrating the official opening of their new pavilion by the Lord Mayor of Fareham, Michael Ford, and are hoping to crown the occasion with a win.

‘It is a big day for us and there should be a sizeable crowd,’ said Gould.

‘Purbrook is always the biggest of all the derbies for us and in the last couple of years we have come out on top.

‘We have had a couple of resounding wins over them and will look to keep that going.

‘Getting our first win under our belt last week should give us the confidence boost we need.

‘More importantly, we got it in the right way after being pushed all the way by St Cross.’

The hosts are boosted by the return of Chris Davey Jnr from holiday and Ben Kissane.

Meanwhile, Purbrook skipper Martin Lee believes it is the perfect game to help his team bounce back from their mauling at the hands of Fair Oak.

He insisted his players are heading for Bath Lane determined to spoil the party.

‘We can only be better than we were in our last game when we were very poor,’ said the captain.

‘Fair Oak are favourites to win the league but we would expect to be more competitive than we were.

‘We all know how poor we were and are up for putting things right at Fareham.

‘I am looking for a vast improvement because we didn’t bowl well from the start and that set the tone.

‘The players still talk about Fareham branding us a “pub team” but our focus will be on getting back to winning ways.

‘Both teams have made identical starts with one win and two defeats, so I am expecting a close affair.

‘Our problem has been a lack of consistency.

‘It doesn’t help when you keep chopping and changing your team.’

The visitors have experienced attacking batsman Sam Pearce back in their line-up.

And they will give a league debut to 16-year-old Jonty Peach.

Peach played his junior cricket with Portsmouth & Southsea before moving to Purbrook.

‘Jonty (Peach) is one for the future but with a few out he gets his chance,’ said Lee.

Peach has been given his opportunity in the absence of three key men from the Purbrook line-up.

Lee is missing James Gurney, Clark Harding and Sean Figgins for the trip to Bath Lane.

Both teams will be hoping to put on a show fit for the Lord Mayor of Fareham and collect vital league points at the same time.

Fareham & Crofton: Tom Kent, Sam Stoddart, Luke Gould, Ben Kissane, Luke Gould, Matt Gould, Ben White, Chris Davey Jnr, Durra Hagan, Charlie Stubbs, Reg Emery

Purbrook: Martin Lee, Alan Mengham, Andy Holder, Josh Spiers, Aaron Dean, Sam Pearce, Jonty Peach, Matthew Lee, Matt McGlinchey, Joe Hampson