Marston continues fine pre-season form as Portsmouth CC claim friendly victory over city students
Jack Marston continued his fine pre-season form as Portsmouth CC defeated the University of Portsmouth in a friendly at St Helens.
After hitting 45 in the opening friendly against Liphook & Ripsley, Marston top scored with 71 as his side won on 193-2.
Skipper James Christian was still there at the close, unbeaten on 53.
Earlier, Harry Gadd - who plays for Havant in the Southern Premier League - had hit 81 for the students.
Opening partner Suren Patel made 22 and the University were well placed on 115-2. They then lost three wickets for the addition of just a single run, though.
Portsmouth host Havant at St Helens in a friendly this Saturday.
Teenager Jack Collett ended agonisingly short of a century as a Portsmouth XI handed out a 145-run drubbing to Waterlooville 2nds.
Batting at No 6 for a team made up of 2nd and 3rd XI regulars, Collet struck eight fours and five sixes in an unbeaten 98 at St Helens.
No 3 Joe Eales was also close to a hundred, hitting 92 as the hosts rattled up 291-7 off their 40 overs.
Matt Walton (33) and Billy Eales (21) had opened with a 45-run stand.
Off-spinner Ethan Randall - one of four spinners in the home XI - opened the bowling when Ville replied and returned 6-2-17-3.
Among his victims was skipper Jake Charman (0) as the visitors crumbled to 31-5 with the game effectively over as a contest.
Left-arm spinner Jonathan Brook, brought on by skipper Simon Jones as first change, returned figures of 8-3-17-2.
No 7 Charlie Ellis (41) top scored for Ville while No 9 Matt Cook was unbeaten on 27 as his side ended on 146-8 off 40 overs.