Purbrook’s new generation can still chase glory

Purbrook skipper Sean Figgins. Picture: Sarah Standing (111785-6361)
Purbrook skipper Sean Figgins. Picture: Sarah Standing (111785-6361)
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Sean Figgins has refused to write off his hopes of leading Purbrook back out of the Hampshire League this season.

The Purbrook skipper is one of just two veterans of the club’s stint in the Southern Electric Premier League, which ended in relegation in 2009.

But after three years of rebuilding, the club – who are currently sixth in the table – now have a clutch of talented youngsters who have progressed through the system and are plotting a late charge for glory.

After last weekend’s 139-run success over Andover II, Purbrook host neighbours Bedhampton tomorrow, knowing they must maintain their recent momentum against the bottom club.

Figgins said: ‘It was our best all-round performance of the season last week.

‘We put all facets of the game together for the first time this year.

‘We’ve got a lot of young players in the side and if we can keep them together, there is a lot of potential.

‘We’ve got a lot of players who have come through the colts system and that’s a good thing for the club.

‘It’s a good derby and they have been good games when we have played them before.

‘Bedhampton are struggling a bit this season but there aren’t too many changes to their team, so we won’t be taking them lightly.

‘We just have to focus on winning our games and putting some pressure on the teams above us and we will see where that takes us.

‘But we still have a chance because a lot of the teams have to play each other.’

Elsewhere, leaders Portsmouth & Southsea host Andover II and Portchester entertain Hook & Newnham Basics II.

Meanwhile, Waterlooville are at home to high-flying Ryde, and Fareham & Crofton face a trip to Winchester to take on St Cross III.