Home ‘fortress’ key to Gould’s victory target

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Hampshire head to Northeast for success

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Fareham & Crofton captain Luke Gould reckons home comforts can help his team return to winning ways.

After opening up with two victories in the top flight of the Hampshire League, Gould’s side have suffered two successive defeats.

Now he is looking for them to stop the rot.

It won’t be easy, though, as they host fast-improving Locks Heath at Bath Lane tomorrow.

Gould remains positive and apart from the loss against Gosport Borough insists his team have not played too badly.

‘Our defeats look worse on paper than they actually were,’ he said.

‘Both were against decent teams but we must aim to get back to winning ways.

‘Against Gosport we threw the game away and last week we were beaten by a much better Ryde side on the day.

‘We look upon our own ground as a bit of a fortress and must look to make home advantage count.’

Gould feels the loss to Gosport was the most disappointing performance because they had got themselves into a good position.

They restricted their hosts to 243 on what he felt was a 300-plus wicket.

In reply they were well on their way to victory – reaching 120 for the loss of just two wickets.

But then disaster struck as they lost six wickets for just 18 runs.

Against Ryde, Fareham batted first and posted a 170-run target but the hosts coasted home by seven wickets.

‘Their number four batsman was a different class and seemed to have so much more time than anybody else,’ said Gould.

‘He just took the game away from us but our batsmen have done well in the opening weeks.

‘Thomas Kent hit an unbeaten 84 and Ricky Davidson (98) just missed out on a century against Hook & Newnham Basics II.

‘We just need to be a bit more resilient at times.’

Gould also showed he is in good form with a half-century at Ryde but he is now looking for them all to fire together.

He knows they won’t be able to afford a repeat of their middle-order collapse at Gosport.

Locks Heath are another side who boast a strong batting line-up, so a run-feast could be in store at Bath Lane.

Jack Levy’s team began with a shock defeat against league newcomers Old Basing – despite an unbeaten 150 from Scott Jones.

Jones continued his fine form with 62 against Hook as Locks Heath got off the mark.

Last weekend it was the turn of Alex Adams to produced a match-winning century against Gosport.

Levy expects to be without the experienced Adams this weekend, though.

But he is confident there are plenty of other run-makers in his squad.

Jones along with Alex Richardson and Jamie Hill have all posted good scores already this season.

Fareham & Crofton: Luke Gould, Ed Whyte, Tom Kent, Ben Kissane, Ricky Davidson, Chris Davey jnr, Luke Cornish, Angus Southon, Charlie Stubbs, Ben Cooper, Chris Hillier