A fine unbeaten knock of 122 from Bashley’s Michael Porter, supported by 74 from Richard Morris and 42 from Tom Jacques led the New Forest side to a formidable score of 308-6 in Saturday’s Southern Electric Premier Division fixture with Ventnor at Newclose Cricket Ground.
The contest had begun promisingly for the Islanders with early breakthroughs reducing the visitors to 43-2 before Porter took charge, only skipper Mark Holmes with 1-36 escaping punishment as 80 runs were added from the final eight overs.
Ventnor replied in spirited fashion with Marc-Antony Eysele and Sean Willis providing an excellent base and at 178-1, the pair looked to push on. However, the dismissal of Eysele for a splendid 84 and Willis three runs later for a fluent run a ball 70, effectively ended victory hopes for the home team who closed 57 runs short of their target on 250-8, Hugh Calloway’s impressive knock of 44 at least ensuring full batting points.
Ventnor travel to fellow strugglers Burridge on Saturday as the League moves to the all day format for the next eight weeks.
Meanwhile, it was an impressive win at Locks Heath with Ventnor’s second team bagging their second consecutive victory with an excellent four wicket win at Locks Heath in Hampshire League Division 1 on Saturday.
Chasing the home side’s challenging total of 262-2, Ben Woodhouse’s side struggled initially with Pat Morris and George Niemiec dismissed with only ten runs on the board.
South African Cano Hooneberg with 38 pushed the score to 60 before Henry Bartlett, returning to the club after two years in the Birmingham League, set up an impressive run chase. The all-rounder hit a crucial 63 to get his side back on track in tandem with Woodhouse (28) before a terrific partnership of 74 for the seventh wicket between Charlie Sammons (30 not out) and Charlie Calloway whose fine unbeaten innings of 45 included five fours, clinched a welcome win.
Top of the table Fair Oak visit Steephill on Saturday at 13:00.
Ventnor’s third team bagged another victory with a splendid hundred from Mark Price, supported by Tom Stafford (34) and Morgan Perrin (21 not out) as the centrepiece of Ventnor’s total of 239-5 against Fareham & Crofton IV in Saturday’s Hampshire League South East Division 4 match at Steephill.
Young leg spinner Dan Cox took 4-15 in an impressive nine over spell and Harry Sprengel 3-26 to wrap up an emphatic 133 run win for the home side who dismissed the visitors for 106.
Ali Cotton’s side sit in second place ahead of Saturday’s visit to Knowle Village, with four successive victories.