Ryan quickly makes mark as Portchester upset Ville

Paul Hungerford in action
Paul Hungerford in action
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Jamie Ryan did a demolition job on Portchester as they upset Hampshire League division one leaders Waterlooville.

The 20-year old Aussie all-rounder bagged a five-wicket haul to reduce Ville’s top-order batting to rubble.

Ryan, along with fellow opening bowler Dave O’Neill, had Ville 42 for six after the first 10 overs.

There was no way back for the visitors after that, though they did rally to reach 105 all out.

Portchester captain Paul Hungerford was delighted with his strike bowlers.

He said: ‘Our opening bowlers put Ville under pressure right from the start.

‘Jamie has made a huge difference and already has two five-wicket hauls under his belt, along with a century and a 50 with the bat.

‘He is a left-arm quick bowler who can swing it around a lot.

‘Dave O’Neill is probably the most consistent bowler in our league.

‘Batsmen find it impossible to get him away and each week his 10 overs rarely go for more than 17 runs.’

Winning the toss was crucial as the home side were able to put Ville in on a wet, green wicket.

Batting was never going to be easy and so it proved.

Portchester were helped when Ville’s dangerous overseas batsman John Grewar was bizarrely run out without scoring.

In the third over, the batsmen thought a shot to mid-off had beaten Hungerford but instead it had got caught in the Portchester captain’s pullover.

‘It was comical really because all of a sudden they were running and I got the ball back to the wicketkeeper before he could get in,’ said Hungerford.

That put Portchester on the front foot and they capitalised.

Ville captain Jon Hudson was disappointed with the way his side played.

‘Losing the toss was the key but we still should have played better,’ said Hudson.

‘The run out was down to a big misunderstanding and inexperience.

‘We needed to dig in a lot more and battle a bit harder.’

Though the Portchester opening batsmen rode their luck a little, Rich Locke (43) helped guide them to a comfortable seven-wicket win.

Hungerford is optimistic his side can challenge.

‘If we can keep the lads together through the summer then we should be there or thereabouts,’ said Hungerford.