Hambledon’s Henry Glanfield agonisingly close to second Southern Premier League ton of 2021 – Gosport Borough maintain Division 3 promotion challenge

Hambledon all-rounder Henry Glanfield was agonisingly close to his second Southern Premier League century of 2021.

Sunday, 18th July 2021, 3:13 pm
Hambledon, still 100 per cent at the top of the Southern Premier League Division 3 table. Back (from left): Ben Harding, Chris Pratt, Henry Glanfield, Dan McGovern, Will Hardman, Shahryar Khan. Front: George Marshall, George Harding, Spencer Le-Clercq, Jonty Oliver, Mark Butcher. Picture: Mike Vimpany

He was stumped for 99, going for a big hit to bring up three figures in style, as the Division 3 leaders extended their 100 per cent campaign to seven matches against second-placed Hook & Newnham Basics 2nds.

Glanfield had struck 12 fours and two sixes in his 74-ball innings as the hosts posted 232-7 after winning the toss.

The Norwegian international put on 87 for the third wicket with Chris Pratt (34) while Jonty Oliver (24) provided late order runs.

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Glanfield has now compiled 368 runs in his last five Division 3 innings - 56, 111, 12, 90 and 99 - at an average of 73.6.

Glanfield wasn’t finished yet, though. After Hook had reached 52-0 in reply, he bagged three wickets as they stumbled to 82-4 - finishing with 3-32 off eight overs.

Charlie Neville and Oliver James hit 38 apiece and wicket-keeper Thomas May 37, but no Hook batsman was able to get the big score needed and the visitors closed on 188-8 (Oliver 3-37).

Hook remain in second place - the top two go up - but Gosport Borough closed the gap with victory over Langley Manor.

Asked to chase Langley’s 193-9 total, Borough openers Lee Harrop and Ollie Creal both made a half-century.

Harrop was first to depart, bowled by Tom Spencer for 50 with the score on 94, and Creal hit 51 before he was dismissed.

No 4 Jacob Harris kept the runs coming, and was very close to becoming the third Gosport player to reach a half-century.

He was 49 not out,off 42 balls with six fours and a six, as Borough passed the winning line in the 39th over.

Earlier, Scott Taylor had continued his superb bowling form as Langley failed to build on reaching 108-1 (Graham Noble 79).

He took his SPL wickets tally to 14 in three matches with a 5-46 burst - having previously bagged an SPL best 6-15 (against Emsworth 2nds) and 3-36 (v Purbrook).