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Simon Creal shone with the willow
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Simon Creal hit 72 runs to help Gosport Borough secure a sixth straight win with a 42-run success at Lymington II.

Excellent support from opener Michael Jenkins (51) and Craig Stares (41) enabled Borough to reach 245 for seven after winning the toss.

New Zealander Andrew Tiddy grabbed four wickets for 24 runs in two spells as the hosts fell short.

But despite Tiddy’s fantastic bowling performance, Gosport skipper Lee Harrop was keen to make sure credit also went to Richard Edwards and Dale Patternotte.

‘Andrew Tiddy may grab the headlines but it was Richard Edwards and Dale Patternotte who, importantly, tied them down in the middle of their innings,’ said captain Lee Harrop.

‘When we batted, Simon Creal provided us with a steady influence to calm everything down.

‘We have come strong in the second half of the season and it has been a real team effort.’

An unbeaten 103 by Andrew Webb – along with a 57 from Richie Locke – saw Portchester return to winning ways at the expense of bottom side Midhurst.

The visitors were bowled out for 187 and Portchester cruised home, losing just one wicket.

Locks Heath’s (188 all out) poor form continued with a heavy 132-run defeat at Ventnor II (320 for five) .

Jack Cunningham struck an unbeaten 79 as Purbrook secured safety with a four-wicket triumph over St Cross Symondians III.

In division two, Sarisbury Athletic II got back in the promotion hunt with an 11-run win at relegation-threatened Rowner.

Lewis Mitchard (59), Chris Mottola (42), Sam Floyd (55) and Simon Orr (62 not out) all cashed in as Sarisbury posted 245 for seven.

Captain Jason Hoskins (four for 47) was the pick of the home bowlers.

Tom Kitcher’s six for 33 swung the game in the visitors’ favour.

Bedhampton captain Martin Hovey continued his excellent form with an unbeaten 81.

He helped fire the team to a 53-run win at Southampton Community.

Hayling Island recorded a good three-wicket win at Compton & Chandlers Ford.

Mike Hallett was in superb form with the bat as he hit 123 to inspire Hayling’s win.