Purbrook hope to catch derby rivals out

Jacob Wilson will be hoping to bowl Purbrook to victory. Picture: Malcolm Wells (141703-5801)
Jacob Wilson will be hoping to bowl Purbrook to victory. Picture: Malcolm Wells (141703-5801)
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Purbrook begin a spell of four Hampshire League division one derbies by entertaining in-form Gosport Borough at Purbrook Heath tomorrow.

Fareham & Crofton, Locks Heath and United Services follow in quick succession in a crucial period for Martin Lee’s team.

With just one win under their belt so far this summer, Purbrook are looking to improve and avoid another relegation battle.

‘We have to be up for it,’ said skipper Lee.

‘In our defeat at Ventnor we were once again our own worst enemies dropping six catches.

‘I know catches win matches is an old cliche but it is true.

‘To make it worse the batsmen we dropped went on to make all their runs.

‘If we had held our catches it might have been a totally different game.

‘The frustration is it was another game we could have got close to winning.

‘It was down to a lack of concentration on our part and that is a luxury we can’t afford in the games coming up.

‘Derbies always have that extra bit of bite and we will need to be focused for these.’

Lee is boosted by the availability of three key players for tomorrow’s home fixture.

Graham McCoy, Sean Figgins and Matt McGlinchey all make welcome returns ahead of what is sure to be a tough game.

McCoy is capable of tying up one end with his economical bowling and McGlinchey is a fast-improving spin bowler.

Figgins – batting at number four – has the ability to score quickly and at the same time add crucial resolve to the middle order.

‘Having these three players back improves our team,’ said the Purbrook skipper.

Lee is also banking on in-form batsman Josh Spiers continuing his rich vein of form.

The 19-year old celebrated his birthday last weekend with a chanceless 113 batting at number three.

If he and Figgins, who has only played twice this season because of hamstring problems, hit form they can give Purbrook a good chance of posting competitive totals.

‘We picked up our first win last season after nine defeats by beating Gosport,’ said Lee.

‘It would be great to do the trick over them again.

‘We know it will be tough though because they are a good side and have been going well.

‘Our priority will be plenty of catching practice before the game!’

After losing their opening game of the season, Gosport Borough have bounced back with four consecutive wins.

Like most clubs, their campaign has been blighted by the weather but they have climbed up to third place in the table.

They are handily placed to launch a title challenge and seal a return to Southern Electric Premier League cricket.

Purbrook: Martin Lee, Jacob Wilson, Josh Spiers, Sean Figgins, Jamie Holder, Clarke Harding, Andrew Holder, Krishan Patel, Graham McCoy, Aaron Dean, Matt McGlinchey

Gosport Borough (from): Ross Harrop, Shaun McCarthy, Michael Jenkins, Simon Creal, Craig Stares, Greg Kitchin, Tom Larner, Charlie Pennecott, Conor Regan, Dale Patternotte, Richard Edwards, Lee Harrop, Matt Johnson