Mitchell: Take nothing for granted

Purbrook cricketer Alan Mengham. Picture: Nigel Kenny
Purbrook cricketer Alan Mengham. Picture: Nigel Kenny
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Purbrook captain Stephen Mitchell has warned his team they are still not safe from relegation.

The division one outfit are preparing to entertain league leaders Waterlooville at their Heath headquarters tomorrow.

And an indifferent summer – yielding just five wins – has left the skipper anxiously looking over his shoulder.

The league is so tight that Purbrook, who sit 10th, are still under threat of the drop.

They are determined to banish those worries as soon as possible.

But Mitchell appreciates they must be on the top of their game to upset their table-topping neighbours.

‘We cannot afford to take anything for granted,’ said the captain.

‘Three teams go down and the teams lying second and third from bottom have three wins to their name.

‘If we get spanked in our last four games, then we could be in big trouble.

‘We still need at least another win, if not two.’

The home side will have to improve on last weekend’s batting performance at Locks Heath, when they were skittled out for just 95 runs chasing a target of 165.

Purbrook never recovered from a disastrous start which saw them three for three at the end of the second over.

‘It was out of character for us because our openers have been terrific,’ said Mitchell.

‘Alan Mengham and Jamie Mitchell have been giving us 70-plus runs for the first wicket all summer.

‘We have been hitting 200-plus runs most weeks, with a lot of the other players weighing in with regular fifties.

‘The players have shown they are capable of posting big scores and we will need to do so against Ville.’

Mitchell makes two changes, with Craig Marsh coming in for the unavailable Ian Limb and Chris Berry replacing Martin Lee.

Ville field a strong line-up, boosted by the return of Alex Sheppard and are intent on maintaining pole position.

‘We have been winning well and must show the same mentality for this one,’ said vice captain Jon Hudson.

‘There will be no complacency and we certainly won’t be taking Purbrook lightly.’

Purbrook: Alan Mengham, Jamie Mitchell, Sean Figgins, Stephen Mitchell, James Iles, Aaron Dean, Bradley Smith, Craig Marsh, Chris Berry, Jordan Pryce, Nigel Kenny.

Waterlooville: Chris Baumann, Alex Sheppard, Matt Charman, Jon Hudson, Andrew Reynolds, Max Goddard, Sam Hillman, Paul Russell, John Burnett, Lloyd Williams, Martin Sheppard.