Ahmad and Brook in the wickets as Portsmouth 2nds defeat Bedhampton Mariners in Hampshire District League

Fahad Ahmad and Jonathan Brook shared eight wickets as Portsmouth 2nds romped to a Hampshire District League County G victory over Bedhampton at St Helens.

Sunday, 30th August 2020, 5:15 pm
Portsmouth's Ritchie Walker is about to given out in the Hampshire District League game against Bedhampton at St Helens. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Replying to the hosts’ 169 all out, the Mariners were all out for 94 to suffer their third defeat in four completed games.

Joe Eales bowled Ross Basketter for a duck and the visitors were 8-2 when Ollie Parvin was run out by Brook.

Brook (4-34 off seven overs) and Ahmad (4-31 off eight) then combined to take all the remaining wickets with George Parvin (21) and Tim Joy (17) top scoring.

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Bedhampton’s Tim Joy celebrates a wicket off his bowling. Portsmouth 2nds v Bedhampton 1sts, St Helens Picture: Chris Moorhouse (290820-06)

The last four wickets fell for the addition of just one run, with Brook claiming three of them.

Earlier, skipper Jordan Palmer-Goddard (46) and Paul Hungerford (44) had helped the hosts total 169.

Sean Swift, on as fourth change, was Bedhampton’s most successful bowler with 3-25 off 6.4 overs.

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Portsmouth 2nds skipper Jordan Palmer-Goddard batting against Bedhampton. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Dawn Ambi and Nimal Valsen routed Emsworth to seal top spot for Kerala in the Hampshire District League County E table.

The pair took nine cheap wickets between them as Emsworth were skittled for 67 to lose by 104 runs at Coldharbour Lawn.

Ant Norris and Rob Norris had earlier shared six wickets as Kerala posted 171 after being asked to bat first.

Ant only conceded 3-15 off his seven overs, while Rob - who also took the new ball - returned 3-36 off 7.4 overs.

Portsmouth 2nds skipper Jordan Palmer-Goddard in action against Bedhampton. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Kerala were 107-6 but Ranjith Thelaparambil (40) and Jubin Karippai (30) were supported by 28 extras, including 18 wides.

In reply, Ambi struck with his first ball - having Lee Gray caught by Prasad Panicker - before the same bowler account for other opener Dan Webb (5).

Ambi went onto claim 5-23 off eight overs - his second best figures after 6-22 against Portsmouth & Southsea 3rds in 2017 - as Emsworth collapsed.

And 12 of the 23 runs Ambi conceded were wides!

In all, only two Emsworth batsmen hit double figures with wides (17) top scoring.

Valsan bagged 4-11 off six overs before Karippai dismissed last man Mike Offord with only his second delivery.

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Tailender Freddie Steele gave Hayling Island their first County E victory after three defeats and two abandonments.

Batting at No 9, he hit an unbeaten 27 as Hayling defeated Portsmouth & Southsea 2nds by one run off the penultimate ball at Hayling Park.

Skipper Rob Cordell, batting at No 11, was five not out as the hosts passed P & S’ 188 all out total in nailbiting fashion.

Ryan Atkins and Mike Hallett had both hit 39 with Mani Noor-Spencer’s 3-19 appearing to put P & S in sight of victory.

Qaiser Naveed, after 16 runs in his two previous innings of 2020, hit 75 for P & S with captain Steven Clements (22) next best at the top of the order.

Hallett took 3-36 while opening bowler Steele bagged 2-23 off eight overs - dismissing top order pair Sayeed Shahid and James White.