Gould delighted to win after ‘unpleasant’ day

Luke Gould bowling against Purbrook
Luke Gould bowling against Purbrook
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Luke Gould accused Purbrook of playing like a ‘pub team’ after Fareham & Crofton earned a six-wicket derby win in Hampshire League division one.

The outcome of the clash leaves Purbrook feeling the pressure at the bottom of the table.

Fareham & Crofton skipper Gould was delighted to get the win but admitted it was not an enjoyable match.

Purbrook captain Sean Figgins labelled what went on between the two teams as ‘unnecessary’.

Figgins admitted there were a lot of verbals but he claimed Fareham & Crofton caused the trouble in the first innings.

He said: ‘They started it in our innings and obviously we were going to give it back when they went out to bat.

‘It was all unnecessary and got a bit out of hand.

‘Their number three batsman smashed it to our wicket-keeper first ball but didn’t walk.

‘He is entitled to stay there but he is going to get some stick.’

With Purbrook looking to get off the bottom and Fareham & Crofton trying to halt a run of five straight defeats it was always going to be a tense affair.

Visiting captain Luke Gould, however, was unimpressed with the attitude of the hosts.

He said: ‘It was a good win for us but it wasn’t very pleasant.

‘We were very disappointed with the approach of Purbrook who played like a pub team.

‘After one of our batsmen was given not out, he was subjected to a lot of abuse.

‘One of their players squared up to him and another barged into him.’

The home side won the toss and opted to bat – only to lose an early wicket in a good opening spell from Chris Hillier.

Fareham & Crofton seam bowler Luke Cornish, 16, kept his cool while chaos ensued around him, to help put his side into a winning position.

Cornish bagged three wickets from seven overs to help limit Purbrook to 205 for nine off their 50 overs.

Gould had plenty of praise for his young bowler who has progressed well this season.

Cornish has returned from playing international age group hockey with England.

‘He missed last week because of England hockey duties but returned to carry on where he left off,’ said Gould.

‘We lost Bob Marchant to retirement at the end of last season and Luke has come in and done a good job.

‘For a lad of his age, he is very consistent and solid.’

Home captain Figgins feared his side had fallen 40 runs short of a winning total.

That proved correct.

Fareham openers Gary Wylde (34) and Ed Whyte (21) started well.

But Ricky Davidson’s unbeaten 43 proved the backbone of the successful chase.

‘We won by six wickets but it should have been by a lot more,’ said Gould.

‘Purbrook are not bottom of the league for nothing.’