Skipper challenges struggling Purbrook to raise game

Purbrook. Picture: Paul Jacobs (150935-6)
Purbrook. Picture: Paul Jacobs (150935-6)
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Purbrook captain Martin Lee admits his side will have to raise their game to upset second-placed visitors Shrewton in Hampshire League division one tomorrow.

The hosts are third from bottom after an inconsistent start to the campaign.

‘We have not been playing at our best,’ said Lee.

‘The team can certainly do with a win or two to move away from danger at the bottom.

‘Our biggest problem has been the inability to field a settled line-up with players coming and going every week.

‘I am convinced we will be good enough to stay up.’

Lee is boosted by the return of Sean Figgins, Jonty Peach and Matt McGlinchey.

Locks Heath head into their derby at Burridge II in high spirits after recording their first win of the season.

Skipper Jack Paskins hit a century in the win over Portsmouth & Southsea and will hope to carry on his impressive form.

In contrast, their hosts began the season with promotion ambitions but have been disappointing so far and are currently fifth from bottom.

Ian Hardcastle faces the task of picking his side up after their heavy derby defeat at Sarisbury Athletic II.

Portsmouth & Southsea may find it hard to bounce back from defeat to Locks Heath 
as they face the daunting 
trip to unbeaten leaders Fair Oak.

In-form Sarisbury Athletic II can force their way into the top three, though, if they get the better of fourth-placed OT’s & Romsey II.

The visitors were devastating with bat and ball in their thumping 289-run win over Burridge II.

Sam Floyd (152) and Pete Hammond (92) put on a 214-run partnership and James Ingram took a hat-trick in his five-wicket haul.

Hayling Island captain Mike Lever remains positive as his basement side go to St Cross Symmondians III in search of a first victory of the campaign.

In the second division, Bishop’s Waltham captain Dan Wheeler will be looking for a reaction after his team suffered a first defeat of the season.

The leaders lost out by a single run in a thrilling contest against Longparish last weekend.

Second-placed Petersfield travel to the dangerous Longparish tomorrow.

Meanwhile, fourth-placed United Services can’t afford any slip-ups against lowly Liphook & Ripsley at Burnaby Road if they are to maintain their own promotion push.