Mills leads Ventnor hopes

In-form: Ollie Mills   Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
In-form: Ollie Mills Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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Ollie Mills is the man in form for Ventnor as they host Lymington in the premier division tomorrow.

The Islanders’ opening batsman blasted a brilliant 140 in the draw with St Cross last weekend, smashing 22 fours and one six in his 177-ball knock.

It was a second century of the season for the leading run-scorer in the division and took him through the 500-runs barrier for the league campaign.

And after his selection for the league representative side that played the Kuwait national team twice during the week, Mills made two half-centuries as the series ended all square with one victory apiece.

Former leaders Ventnor, meanwhile, have slipped down to third in the table in recent weeks after a four-match winless run but Ian Hilsum’s side will fancy their chances against a Lymington outfit which has lost five of their six timed games so far.

In division two, United Services’ hopes of avoiding relegation will become clearer as they host OTs & Romsey at Burnaby Road.

Lee Carroll’s men crumbled to another heavy defeat – a 101-run loss at Hursley Park last week – and are second from bottom of the table.

But OTs are within sight, just two places above them and will be seen as a winnable fixture to get US moving in the right direction again.

The division three promotion race should become clearer this weekend as Havant II travel to South Wilts II.

Andy Galliers’ Havant II side earned a five-wicket victory over Bournemouth II last weekend after surviving a serious scare.

Both teams are pushing Portsmouth for the title as Dave Henderson’s men sealed a crucial win over South Wilts last time out to give themselves some breathing space at the summit.

The new skipper has overseen two straight wins since taking charge and will be out to make it three out of three when the St Helen’s outfit travel to St Cross II.

Time is running out for Portsmouth & Southsea if they are to save themselves from relegation. They travel to Bournemouth II tomorrow.