Returning students up for Ryde test

Luke Gould
Luke Gould
Hampshire's James Vince. Picture: Neil Marshall

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

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A-LEVEL students Luke Cornish and James Kalle can celebrate the end of their exams by helping Fareham & Crofton to a Hampshire League division one win at Ryde.

Captain Luke Gould takes his young side across the Solent looking for a second successive win.

‘Both teams are looking to blood young players and bring them through,’ said Gould.

‘Ryde are always strong at home so it will be a big test.

‘We bowled well to beat Ventnor and will have to do the same again on what is always a very good track.

‘Our attitude is to go and give it our best go.’

The visitors also give 15-year-old Viraat Sahu a chance to impress in the middle order.

Hayling Island captain Mike Lever is optimistic his team can break their duck as OT’s & Romsey visit Hayling Park.

Lever is boosted by the return of Dave Wayman and Cameron Clarke.

They will join in-form Mike Hallett, century-maker against Sarisbury, to further strengthen the home batting.

Despite losing their first six games, Lever feels survival is not a lost cause.

‘We still have to play all the teams just above us,’ said Lever.

‘Also, when we get key bowler Rory Prentice back from his Portsmouth Grammar School duties, we can be a different proposition.’

Portchester have the daunting task trying to halt the Fair Oak juggernaut, who boost a 100-per-cent record.

Portsmouth & Southsea are looking for a third straight win as they host struggling Locks Heath at Locksway Road.

The visitors are still searching for their first win.

The home side will be confident after their eight-wicket win at Burridge II.

Purbrook make the long journey to Hook & Newnham Basics aiming to bounce back to winning ways.

New Zealander Ben Skilton is in fine form but another defeat could see his side drop into the bottom four.

In division two, Bishop’s Waltham defend their unbeaten record against Longparish at Albany Road.

United Services are involved in a top-four contest at Basingstoke & North Hants III, while second-placed Petersfield want to make home advantage count against Redlynch & Hale.