Maher ton not enough for Borough

Blake Maher. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150826-01)
Blake Maher. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150826-01)
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Blake Maher blazed back to form with an unbeaten century for Gosport Borough but his efforts were ultimately in vain as they went down to division three defeat at Basingstoke & North Hants II.

The Australian smashed a brilliant 142 not out with 12 fours and seven sixes in 100 balls but none of his team-mates were able to play the supporting role as Borough came up 33 runs short chasing 292 for seven at May’s Bounty.

It was the Sydney-raised batsman’s second century of the season but it’s been a horrible recent run of form with just three runs from his past three innings – including back-to-back first-ball ducks.

And skipper Tom Larner believes it can only be good for his batsman’s confidence, even if it means his car is in danger.

Larner said: ‘He has struggled for the past couple of weeks so hopefully he can kick on from there.

‘Aussies have usually got a strong character so I’m sure he put it out of his mind but it always helps any batsman’s confidence to score runs.

‘Blake played really sensibly. He played himself in and then accelerated once he got past 50.

‘He hit some big sixes and nearly hit my car at one point!

‘I thought I parked it far enough away but I’ll be even more careful next time.

‘It was disappointing to lose but I’ve been happy with our start to the season.’

Elsewhere in division three, Waterlooville were knocked off top spot as their unbeaten start to the season came to an end at home to South Wilts II.

Sam Williams (67) was the main contributor to an otherwise disappointing batting performance as Ville were bowled out for 164 in the final over.

When Williams became the fourth wicket to fall with the score at 133, there was precious little resistance from the rest of the batting line-up as Max Goddard’s side lost their last seven wickets for just 31 runs.

South Wilts II then chased it down with 17 overs to spare.

Havant II’s trip to Alton II was cancelled because of an unfit pitch.