Purbrook up for the Ropley fight

Martin Lee. Picture: Sarah Standing (142074-6891)
Martin Lee. Picture: Sarah Standing (142074-6891)
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Purbrook captain Martin Lee believes his side will be more than a match for Ropley tomorrow.

The Heath outfit take on the second-placed side in Hampshire League division one on the back of a 45-run win over Ellingham last week.

Purbrook were restricted to 152 but Lee took four wickets to help bowl Ellingham out for 107.

However, the skipper admits they will have to restrict the Ropley run-rate to be in with a shout tomorrow.

He said: ‘I know it’s going to be a tough game.

‘Ropley get very big runs and they’ve had some very big results.

‘But they do concede a lot of runs as well.’

Purbrook will be missing spinner Matt McGlinchy for the home clash but Joe Hanson returns to the side.

Lee added: ‘I think the players have proven they are good enough to beat anyone in this league.’

Purbrook’s recent run of form has steered them away from relegation trouble.

Meanwhile, Gosport Borough need a turnaround in fortunes if they are to challenge for the title.

Their hopes were dealt a blow when they lost by 10 runs to Lymington II in their last outing.

Borough welcome Rowledge II to their Privett Park ground tomorrow.

The visitors have struggled all season and are still without a win – giving the hosts cause for encouragement.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Fareham & Crofton will look to build on their comfortable win over Sarisbury II when they host Lymington II.

United Services’ battle against relegation continues, as they travel to New Milton II.

Services are perilously close to the drop with just a handful of games to go and face some crucial fixtures in the coming weeks.

They play fellow 
strugglers Sarisbury II a week tomorrow, followed by Lymington II and then Rowledge II in the final game of the season.

Portchester return to action with a home encounter against Ellingham.

The Cams Hill outfit lie in fifth position and are finishing the campaign strongly following wins over Locks Heath and United Services recently.