SUNNY BHIMSARIA struck 92 runs as he guided Bishop’s Waltham to a thumping eight-wicket win at Fareham & Crofton in Hampshire League division one.
Bhimsaria, Waltham’s latest Hong Kong recruit, smashed 13 fours and two sixes as helped his side record their third successive victory.
‘It was an awesome innings and brilliant to watch,’ said Bishop’s Waltham captain Dan Wheeler.
‘He hit the bad balls, picked the gaps and was unlucky not to end up with a ton.
‘Batting has been an issue but his innings had a calming effect on our other players.
‘We probably had the better of the pitch which was lively early on because of the overnight rain.
‘Our off-spinner Sam Medhurst bowled well, getting the ball to grip and turn.’
Earlier home captain Tom Kent (50) and Matt Gould (41 not out) had led the way for the hosts who set a target of 181 for seven.
Sam Medhurst (four for 28) was the pick of the visitor’s bowling attack.
Portsmouth & Southsea returned to winning ways with a comfortable eight-wicket romp against Ropley at St James Hospital.
Deadly duo Jonathan Willey (four for 37) and Jake Peach (three for 29) restricted the visitors to 175 for nine off their 50 overs.
Jack Davies (82 not out) and Matt Benfield (43 not out) easily knocked off the required runs.
‘It was just what was needed after the debacle of the previous week,’ said home captain Kieron Dunstan.
‘When they were 90 for two it looked like they might get away from us but we bowled well in the middle overs.
‘I am proud of my players for producing a resilient performance after our disappointing loss the previous week.’
A second successive defeat saw United Services lose ground as they went down to a four-wicket reverse at Ventnor II.
Burridge II are still searching for a first win of the season following their 66-run defeat at Ellingham.
Sarisbury II got off the mark with a 16-run success over Totton & Eling II at The Hollow.
In division two, Hayling Island got their first win of the season as they beat Bedhampton by 141 runs.