Hungerford determined to sink title rivals

Paul Hungerford. Picture: Steve Reid (112109-562)
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Paul Hungerford reckons Portchester can dent the Hampshire League division one title hopes of Bashley II at Cams School tomorrow.

Fourth-placed Portchester know a win will see them leapfrog the New Forest side.

Skipper Hungerford led his side to consecutive wins over Locks Heath and Waterlooville before rain put the brakes on their run at Rowledge last weekend.

‘We must look to carry on where we left off and regain our momentum,’ he said.

‘Our opponents are also going well, though, after coming down from the Southern Electric Premier League.

‘They are looking to go straight back up and, with some experienced players in their ranks, we know we have to raise our game again.

‘This will be another big test for us.’

The home side are without influential batsman Curtis Locke.

Josh Young is drafted in, while Harry Robins replaces Lee Hungerford.

Portchester: Steve O’Neill, Rich Locke, Jamie Ryan, Paul Hungerford, Blake Barnwell, Matt Crouch, Ricky Harding, Josh Young,

David O’Neill, Harry Robins, Keith Wood

n Elsewhere in the top flight, Bedhampton travel to Alton’s second string.

Locks Heath play host to Midhurst, while Waterlooville welcome Portsmouth & Southsea for what promises to be a thrilling derby.

Purbrook and Fareham & Crofton are both on the road.

The former travel to Rowledge, to face the home side’s second team.

And Fareham & Crofton go to Ryde.

n In division two, Hayling travel to Burridge II.

Big-hitting batsman Sam Thompson and wicketkeeper Ian Collier are unavailable, along with Dave Wayman.

Jason Fenn and two of his sons – Tom and Harry – come in.