Mengham sparks Ville

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Waterlooville made it four wins out of four as they lowered Gosport Borough’s colours on their Privett Park fortress with a 98-run win in the division three clash.

Max Goddard’s side were indebted to a vital knock from number nine batsman Brad Mengham (35 not out) in their 199 for nine as Simon Creal (three for 56) impressed.

And they took that late momentum into the Gosport reply as Borough were bundled out for 101 as Sam Hillman (three for 30) helped maintain Ville’s perfect start.

Goddard said: ‘We bowled really well because I thought we were a little bit short at the midway point.

‘They were the best bowling attack we’ve played so far this season but Brad played really well and we put on 35 runs for the last wicket. That gave us a bit of extra momentum then we got some early wickets.’

The other division three fixture saw Havant II come out on top in a close battle with South Wilts II.

Graham Burns (three for 24) and Bobby Dyer (three for 49 restricted South Wilts II to 185 for nine.

James Christian (59), Dyer (38) and Burns (31 not out) played their part in taking Havant II to a two-wicket victory.

In division two, Portsmouth turned in another storming effort with the ball as they cruised to a seven-wicket win at Fawley.

Pat Burns (four for 21) and Jed Whitecross (three for 20) ripped through the Fawley batting line-up, which was reduced to 44 for seven and it could have been even worse than their 79 all out, but for a late rally.

Jack Marston, who had earlier taken three slip catches, made an unbeaten 35 as the table-toppers reached their victory target in 23 overs.

In the premier division, Burridge crashed to a three wicket loss to Hampshire Academy.

James Richards (69) and Joe Collings-Wells (56) got Burridge to 239 for nine.

But Ben Duggan’s 101 not out was the difference as the Academy got home with one ball to spare, despite the best efforts of Daniel Stancliffe (three for 26) and Geoff Dods (three for 49).