Sarisbury skipper keen to end Purbrook charge

Sam Floyd has been called up to Sarisbury's first team. Picture: Paul Jacobs (150507-10)
Sam Floyd has been called up to Sarisbury's first team. Picture: Paul Jacobs (150507-10)
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Sarisbury Athletic II entertain Purbrook tomorrow as two of the form teams in Hampshire League division one go head-to-head (1pm).

The sixth-placed hosts kept their promotion bid on track with a confident seven-wicket win over St Cross Symondians III last weekend.

Purbrook, meanwhile, arrive at Allotment Road aiming to chalk up a third consecutive success after seeing off Shrewton and Hayling Island in successive weeks.

Sarisbury captain Jon Floyd has the extra incentive of being up against his old club where he spent 20 years at the start of his career.

‘I started playing cricket at Purbrook back in 1969, so I always feel the need to beat them,’ said the skipper.

‘We still have ambitions to win promotion but we have to keep winning.

‘It is still very tight at the top and we feel the second and third-placed teams can still be overhauled.

‘Confidence is high in the camp after our comfortable win over St Cross when we knocked off 240 runs in 37 overs.

‘We also regard our home ground as a bit of a fortress where we tend to get the right result more often or not.

‘The wicket is very flat and the outfield particularly fast, which suits our attacking batsmen.

‘We are equally happy racking up the runs batting first or chasing a target.’

Floyd will be without two of his all-rounders tomorrow.

Sam Floyd and Mark Miller have been called up to the first team for their Southern Electric Premier League premier division clash with Hampshire Academy.

But the captain is more than happy with their replacements.

Fraser Moon is back after touring Barbados with the University of Exeter.

And two good prospects, Dom Sampson and Dan Oliver, have been promoted from the club’s third team, who play in Hampshire League division three south.

Sampson is a hard-hitting batsman, while 18-year-old Oliver will open the bowling.

‘We still have plenty of batting firepower and our bowling has been fine,’ said Jon Floyd.

‘It is a great opportunity for our tall, young bowler Dan Oliver after taking lots of wickets this season.’

Fast-improving Purbrook arrive looking to maintain their winning streak.

After an inconsistent start to the season, Martin Lee’s team are starting to pick up some momentum.

The defeat of third-placed Shrewton showed what they are capable of doing.

‘We know on our day we can match anyone in our league,’ said Lee.

‘After winning our last two games the players are a lot more relaxed and some of the pressure has been taken off.

‘We easily beat Hayling Island but Sarisbury will be a totally different kettle of fish.

‘Another win will push us closer to mid-table security.’

Lee is forced to make three changes because Graham McCoy, James Gurney and Jim Amiss are unavailable.

He is boosted, however, by the return of Jonty Peach, Matt McGlinchey and Nathan Snelling.