Promotion battle continues for Borough

Gosport Borough batsman Craig Stares
Gosport Borough batsman Craig Stares
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Third-placed Gosport Borough can put themselves in the promotion driving seat by overcoming second-placed Midhurst in a titanic top-of-the-table Hampshire County division one clash at Privett Park.

Borough, relegated from the Southern Electric Bronze League last year, are determined to bounce straight back up and view this as a pivotal match.

Borough captain Simon Creal believes his team possess the fire power to beat the visitors and go on to clinch promotion in the final month of the season.

Confidence is high in the Borough camp after their thumping win at Shrewton last weekend when they batted their hosts out of the game, setting them a massive total of 348 runs to win.

Powerful top-order batsmen Craig Stares (106) and Leeland Zeller (107) pummelled the Shrewton bowlers, with Creal (41 not out) heaping on even further punishment.

Borough have lost a couple of games this season, though Creal will ensure that his players are on their mettle for this crunch clash.

‘This is a big game and I don’t think the players will need much motivation in our situation,’ said Creal.

‘We all want to go back up but this isn’t an easy league to get out of.

‘There are a lot of good sides in it who, on their day, are as good as any of the Southern Electric Bronze sides.

‘You can easily get sucked into this league at times but we are hoping that we can prove our point over the 16 games that we are good enough to be promoted.

‘I have been pleased with a bit of everything this season and we have a good blend of old and new.

‘Our top-four guys have all been getting a lot of runs and I will always bet on our bowlers to get the opposition out.

‘It has been a real team effort, with everyone knowing their jobs and not thinking they have to go out there and do it all themselves.

‘We will need to be on our mettle against Midhurst, though, I am happy that we are back at Privett Park.

‘Home advantage is important because we are comfortable in our own surroundings and know how our track plays.

‘We took on top side Alton II the other week and we didn’t let the occasion faze us so I am expecting more of the same.’

The home side make one change, with the experienced figure of Andy Bloomeras coming in for youngster Matty Johnson.

Gosport Borough: (from) Simon Creal, Mike Rees, Lee Harrop, Craig Stares, Leeland Zeller, Tom Larner, Jamie Presswell, Pete Robson, Conor Regan, Richard Edwards, Mark Oxford, Andy Bloomeras