Player omissions take their toll on Hayling

Portchester all-rounder Blake Barnwell  Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Portchester all-rounder Blake Barnwell Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Hampshire's James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall

Vince: Team of Hampshire’s quality should not be beaten like that

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Hayling Island’s tough baptism of fire in Hampshire League division one continued with a 74-run home defeat by Ellingham.

With key players missing, the home side lacked the fire-power to match the New Forest visitors.

Captain, Mike Lever, admitted it was a lack of depth that cost them.

‘You need your strongest team out at this level and having three big players missing makes it very difficult,’ said Lever.

‘We bowled and fielded really well and if we’d had our first-choice side out I am confident we could have won.’

One big positive was the bowling of 15-year-old Freddie Steele, who took one for 26, when Ellingham were looking to accelerate.

Burridge II captain Ian Hardcastle was relieved to see his team ‘come back from the dead’ to sneak a seven-run win over Ryde.

‘At 62 for seven we looked out of it but fortunately they let us off the hook,’ he said.

Chairman Clive Slaughter (45) along with a wagging tail enabled Burridge to reach an unlikely 140 total.

Leg spinner Andy Peck (eight for 24) then proved unplayable producing his best-ever bowling figures to leave Ryde stranded.

An unbeaten 73 from Blake Barnwell helped Portchester get off the mark with an eight-wicket win over struggling Ventnor II.

Jason King (six for 38) was the pick of the home bowlers.

Portsmouth & Southsea made it two wins from two with a comfortable seven-wicket triumph over visitors New Milton II.

Home captain Kieron Dunstan (four for 21) took the wickets of the two opposition danger-men leaving the hosts chasing a 134 run target.

Matt Benfield (55) made sure the home side made no mistakes.

In-form Sam Floyd (52) notched his second successive half-century as Sarisbury II maintained their winning start by beating Ropley.

Floyd and Pete Hammond (81) guided Sarisbury to 248 for five after Ropley had been dismissed for 245 runs.

Purbrook secured their first win with a confident 119-run success at Locks Heath.

Fareham & Crofton disappointed again with a 43 run defeat at OT’s and Romsey II condemning them to a second successive defeat.