Sarisbury suffer after failing to convert... Hambledon see winning run ended

Waterlooville's home wicket was hit by heavy rain on Friday, meaning no play on Saturday. Picture: Mick Young
Waterlooville's home wicket was hit by heavy rain on Friday, meaning no play on Saturday. Picture: Mick Young
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Sarisbury were left bitterly disappointed after fighting out a losing draw against fellow Southern Electric premier division relegation rivals Ventnor at Newclose.

Vice-captain Matt Journeaux felt the visitors were in the driving seat for most of the game, only to throw it away.

He said: ‘We should have won or at least got the winning draw and to end up with neither was extremely frustrating.

‘We needed 80 runs off the last 17 overs and it should have been a stroll in the park.

‘When we lost a couple of wickets in quick succession the new batsmen found it more difficult.

‘Suddenly we found ourselves under scoreboard pressure and this got to us.’

Journeaux felt the players began to panic a bit because of the situation they got themselves in.

He added: ‘Instead of taking our time we rushed and got out to a few poor shots.’

Ventnor opted to bat first after winning the toss but struggled to cope with the bowling of Dan Goldstraw (five wickets for 75 runs) who swung the ball around all afternoon.

In the end, Tom Friend (44), Sean Willis (62) and Hugh Calloway helped them post a 236 run target.

It looked plain sailing for Sarisbury as their top three batsmen Ricky Rawlins (41), Ryan Covey (53) and Jack Lovett (39) took charge.

Once Covey and Lovett departed though, Sarisbury lost their way.

They ended up with the final pair at the wicket as they fell five runs short of a winning draw.

‘The positive note is we didn’t lose,’ said Journeaux.

‘We had a good chance to get away from the bottom and didn’t take it.

‘It is going to be very tight with five teams all within a win of each other at the bottom.

‘We need a couple more wins if we are to stay up.

‘It is crucial we put a couple of good performances together.’

In division two, Hambledon slumped to a seven-wicket defeat against OTs and Romsey II at Ridge Meadow.

Only George Marshall (70) and Mbulelo Nkomo (27) scored any runs of note as the home side were restricted to 143 for eight off their 50 overs.

The visitors needed 33 overs to reach their winning target.

In division three, Havant II suffered a heavy 107-run reverse at South Wilts II.

The heavy rain that hit the area on Friday led to the local derby between Waterlooville and Gosport Borough being called off.