Harrop hopes derby delight spurs Gosport on

Tom Larner scored on unbeaten 32 for Gosport Borough. Picture: Steve Reid (112686-147)
Tom Larner scored on unbeaten 32 for Gosport Borough. Picture: Steve Reid (112686-147)
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Gosport Borough bagged the derby bragging rights by inflicting a first Hampshire League division one defeat of the season on Fareham & Crofton at Privett Park.

The home side burst the visitors’ bubble with a well-deserved 56-run success – which suggests they are finding their feet after last season’s relegation.

And Borough captain Lee Harrop felt his side were good value for their win.

‘We played well and were the better side on the day,’ he said.

‘It is always a bit special to get one over on your local rivals, particularly when they arrive thinking they could roll us over on our own patch.

‘They were perhaps slightly over-confident and we made them pay for it.

‘We always fancied our chances because we know if we play to our potential we can be a match for anyone in this league.’

After losing the toss and being put into bat, Harrop (26) and fellow opener Jamie Preswell (37) gave their team a flying start as they raced to 30 in the first four overs.

When Harrop departed, Simon Creal (33) and Craig Stares (39) kept up the good work as Borough continued to build partnerships.

Some good bowling in the middle period reined the home side in.

But New Zealander Andrew Tiddy (30) and Tom Larner (32 not out) pushed on again in the later stages, enabling Borough to reach 243 for six off their 50 overs.

‘The key to our innings was not panicking when we lost a wicket,’ said Harrop.

‘In the past year we have been guilty of losing two or three wickets in quick succession.

‘I would have happily taken a total of 243 before the start – but I was worried we might be about 20 runs light.’

That certainly looked the case as the visitors matched Borough’s lightning start by crashing 69 runs off the first 10 overs.

Fareham & Crofton captain Luke Gould cracked a quick-fire half-century, while his partner Ed Whyte eased to 40.

The turning point came when Gould was caught by Harrop at mid-off, giving Larner (three for 32) the first of his wickets.

‘We knew just how dangerous their captain can be – he can easily take a game away from you very quickly,’ said Harrop.

‘His was a huge wicket for us and once we removed him we knew we were in with a good chance.’

Spinners Simon Creal (two for 30) and Dale Patternotte put the brakes on the visitors.

Andrew Blomerus then came in to the attack and ripped the heart out of the middle order.

In the course of six overs, he grabbed three wickets for 18 runs.

‘Losing our first game of the season gave us the kick up the backside we needed,’ said Harrop.

‘Since then we have played to our real potential and it is important to keep the winning momentum.’