VIKRAM DAWSON and Andrew Marston shared a vital partnership for the last wicket as Portsmouth continued their march at the top of Southern Electric Premier League division two.
The league leaders were in all sorts of trouble as they were reduced to 146 for nine in their clash at Paultons.
But Dawson (57 not out) hit nine fours in his 73-ball knock, while Marston (40 not out) blasted six fours and one six in his 37-ball effort.
More importantly, it meant the duo put on 81 runs – the third-highest stand in the division two record books – to take their team to 227 from their 50 overs.
And with Portsmouth’s bowling attack the key to much of their success this term, Dawson (three for 21 and Marston (two for 48) did their usual roles, while Jed Whitecross (three for 47) also chipped in as Paultons were bowled out for 187.
In division three, Waterlooville were involved in a thrilling tie but will be kicking themselves that they failed to beat Alton II.
Sam Hillman (three for 17) and Jon Hudson (three for 24) were largely responsible for bowling out Alton for 150 and Ville looked big favourites at the midway point.
After Tim Jackson (27) and James Scutt (20) put on 51 runs for the first wicket, the result looked a formality.
But although Alton reduced Ville to 126 for six, the leaders should have won.
Losing five wickets for just 24 runs cost them dearly though as last man Andy Reynolds was pinned lbw with Ville bowled out in the 35th over.
Elsewhere in division three, Gosport Borough notched a 90-run win over Havant II.
Lee Harrop (91) and Simon Creal (70) put on 167 runs for the first wicket in their 268 for seven.
Andy Galliers (36) impressed for Havant II in their 168 all out, as Dale Paternotte (three for 17), Matthew Johnson (three for 33) and Craig Stares (three for 37) took the wickets.
In the premier division, Burridge were dismissed for just 96 and despite Lee Savident’s four for 35, Bashley won by three wickets.