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Waterlooville maintained their 100-per-cent record to stay clear at the top of Hampshire League division one with a resounding win over Rowledge II.

Jon Hudson’s side went big with the bat as they clocked up 300 for four.

Byron Haycock (88) starred, while Alex Shephard (73) and David Howe (74) shared 140 runs for the third wicket.

‘Our target at home is always 250-plus, so to get to 300 was a good total,’ said skipper Jon Hudson.

‘It was a good pitch and perfect batting conditions.’

Nathan White then picked up three wickets for the league leaders as Rowledge II succumbed for 156.

Hudson added: ‘Scoreboard pressure played a big part but we bowled well and fielded well.

‘No win is ever simple – there was a spell of a few overs where they looked like they could get back into it but we got on top again.

‘We’ve got tough games to come and we have to keep our feet on the ground.

‘We are a young side, so it’s just a case of trying to keep the momentum going.’

Gosport Borough picked up a timely win as they sealed a four-wicket success over Shrewton.

Lee Harrop’s men had found themselves in relegation trouble and were desperate for a victory.

Tom Larner (four for 38) helped restrict Shrewton to 239 all out and then starred with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 61 as Andrew Tiddy (61) also impressed.

Purbrook’s relegation worries have increased after a five-wicket defeat to Locks Heath.

Jack Cunningham (76) and Josh McCoy (75) got Purbrook to 239 for four.

But Locks Heath chased it down as Scott Jones (70) and Alex Adams (65) got their side home.

In division two, Mike Hallett hit a fabulous 109 for Hayling Island but it was all in vain as his team went down to a 49-run loss to Hungerford – his team-mates mustering just 188 in reply to 237.

Martin Hovey hit a terrific unbeaten 101 but Bedhampton still lost to Mudeford by 22 runs.