Turrell hits right note with gr-eight display

Chris Turrell. Picture: Allan Hutchings
Chris Turrell. Picture: Allan Hutchings
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Chris Turrell destroyed OT’s and Romsey II with an eight wicket haul as Portsmouth & Southsea stormed to a 177-run Hampshire County One win.

Tom Farnsworth crashed an excellent 50 off 20 balls as the home side were bowled out for 239 at St James’ Hospital.

The Benfield brothers Tom (40) and Matt (20) also made important contributions.

Royal Marines bandsman Turrell then demolished the visitors taking eight wickets for 20 runs in under 10 overs.

‘Turrell was unplayable,’ said stand-in captain Matt Smith.

‘It was an unbelievable spell of bowling on a decent wicket.

‘OT’s couldn’t handle him and they just capitulated.’

Stuart White’s unbeaten 82 proved in vain as Burridge II slipped to a three-wicket defeat against Ellingham.

Locks Heath recorded an 87-run success against local rivals Sarisbury Athletic II.

James Hughes (65) top-scored in the home side’s 214 total before Sarisbury were dismissed for just 127 runs.

If Jack Paskin’s side can beat OT’s & Romsey in their final game, they could still avoid the drop.

‘It is still tough but at least we have given ourselves a chance,’ said Paskins.

‘We have beaten Shrewton and Sarisbury in the last two weeks and must go out and do it again.

‘It is a pity we lost to Hayling because it looks like that could end up costing us.

‘All we can do is hope for the best.’

Struggling Portchester fell to an eight-wicket defeat at St Cross Symondians.

Already-relegated Hayling Island crashed to a 237-run defeat at unbeaten Fair Oak.

New Zealander Ben Skilton (56) top scored in Purbrook’s two-wicket home reverse against Ryde.

Fareham & Crofton lost by three wickets at home to Shrewton.

In division two, Ben de Jong (102) and Alex Whitfield led the way as Bedhampton beat Bournemouth II by seven wickets.

Bishop’s Waltham will have to beat Hungerford at Albany Road to stand any chance of lifting the title.