Skilton saves Purbrook at Ropley

Sarisbury Athletic II's Sam Floyd bowls. Picture: Paul Jacobs (150507-10)
Sarisbury Athletic II's Sam Floyd bowls. Picture: Paul Jacobs (150507-10)
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Ben Skilton hit a superb 116 to rescue Purbrook and secure an 82-run Hampshire League division one triumph at Ropley on Saturday.

The visitors were struggling at 50 for four before the New Zealander and Matthew Lee (38) led the recovery with a 140-run partnership.

Purbrook reached 210 for nine before 16-year-old Matt McGlinchey (five for 24) made sure of the win with an excellent spell of off-spin.

Some more devastating off-spin bowling, this time from Suji Wickramasinghe, helped Burridge II claim a 106-run success at Hayling Island.

Wickramasinghe took six for 11 as the winless hosts were skittled out for 98.

‘Hayling were obviously missing a few players but we are pleased to get back winning again,’ said Burridge captain Ian Hardcastle.

‘We needed to get our promotion charge going after losing our last two games.

‘That was disappointing because we could have won both of them but failed to turn the screw after getting into winning positions.’

Sarisbury Athletic II hit heavy traffic as their bid to get back on track failed with a four-wicket defeat at Shrewton.

‘It took us two hours to get to Shrewton because of long delays on the A303 at Stonehenge,’ said Sarisbury captain Jon Floyd.

‘Nine of our players arrived five minutes late, which wasn’t the best of preparations.

‘I won the toss and decided to bat first, which probably wasn’t the best decision under the circumstances.’

Sarisbury posted a target of 227 with Toby Mitcheson (50) but in reply Shrewton had 65 on the board after only seven overs.

Cam Pye (two for 24) and Sam Floyd (three for 26) were the pick of the visitors’ bowlers but the home side cruised home in the 47th over.

Jack Levy (88) made a brave stand for winless Locks Heath but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 67-run loss at Ryde.

Fareham & Crofton’s lost by eight wickets at New Milton II and Portsmouth & Southsea claimed a 64-run derby win at Portchester to avoid a third successive defeat.