Five on the bounce but US suffer Carson blow

14/5/2011     ''United Services Cricket Team.' Damien Carson ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (111769-24)
14/5/2011 ''United Services Cricket Team.' Damien Carson ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (111769-24)
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United Services chalked up a fifth straight win in Southern Electric Premier League division three but were left to rue a serious injury to top runscorer Damian Carson.

The opening batsman suffered a broken hand during the 45-run success at Fair Oak when he was struck by a back-of-a-length ball from Jay Lovett.

Carson now faces the prospect of not playing again this summer.

A trip to the hospital revealed his hand was broken in three places and Carson will return during the week to discover if he needs an operation.

‘It was a strange one because it wasn’t as if it was a flyer off the wicket,’ said Services captain Lee Carroll.

‘You could tell straight away, though, that he was in trouble with a lot of pain.

‘It looks as though we could be without him for a while and he will be a big loss.

‘Up until yesterday he was the second highest run scorer in our league.

‘It wasn’t the best of starts but we didn’t let it upset us.’

Dom Carson (25) and Reggie Marshall (17) mastered the tricky conditions to steady the ship.

Shane Fergusson contributed some useful middle-order runs but Thomas May, Cody Henderson, Lee Carroll and Dan Sharpe all fell cheaply.

It was left to James Marshall (24) and David Cox (19 not out) to get Services up to 185 for eight off their 50 overs.

‘It was difficult because we weren’t too sure what a good score would be on that wicket,’ said Carroll.

‘In the end we were quite happy with what we got.’

Services’ confidence wasn’t misplaced.

They soon had their hosts in trouble as they started their reply.

James Marshall removed their two opening batsmen within four overs to put his side in command.

Once the home side slumped to 38 for four, there was only ever going to be one winner as Service’s bowlers took charge.

James Marshall (two for 12), Reggie Marshall (four for 26) and David Cox (three for 23) proved far too good for Fair Oak.

‘The important thing is to keep the run going,’ said Carroll.

‘Our ambition is to eventually go up into the silver league and everything here is geared for it.

‘We have the facilities, the colts set-up and if we did go up I am sure we could compete at that level.

‘Losing Damian is a blow, though, because he is a big influence in our side.

‘Having said that we have a strong squad of 15 to 16 players who are all capable of playing at this level.

‘They will have to step up and fill the gap.’