U19's Win through to T20 Finals day
On Back Holiday Monday the Portsmouth U19's will play teams from other parts of the county in the T20 finals day.
The day is hosted by Calmore Cricket
(Loperwood Park, Loperwood Lane, Calmore, Southampton SO40 2RN)
Events start at 10am when Bashley (Rydal) play Fair Oak in the 1st Semi Final, followed at 11:20 when Portsmouth will play Hook and Newnham Basics. The innings are split and the 2nd innings for both semi-finals will be played after lunch.
Presentations expected at 18:30
View From Silly Point by Jamie (Mitch) Mitchell
Having been assured of mid-table security last week, the motions of finishing the season are well into the ‘going through’ process, as a depleted Pompey 2s outfit were routinely beaten on Saturday by a Sway side, who made the transition from promotion-chasers to now-promoted.
With Pompey’s regular captain, Nicky Wyatt, away giving the complimentary plonk a touching up at his sister’s wedding, the armband was passed to Paul Hungerford. The zenith of Pompey’s afternoon came when the stand-in skipper won the toss, and the downhill slide started when he responded with a Ponting-esque “we’ll have a bowl”.
Although Ishy Ahmad’s figures of 0 for 42 would suggest otherwise, if an early chance behind the wicket didn’t go down, he may have been able to pick up from where he left off last week. The lack of early inroads put the hosts in a strong position halfway through the innings, but some economical bowling from Paul Hungerford (eventually finishing with 0 for 28 from 6.4 overs) and Andy Chapman, enabled the latter to make an overdue breakthrough, to apply a gentle brake on the home side’s run rate. Last-minute draftee, Simon Boorah, replaced the skipper, and created several opportunities that didn’t go to hand, as his 2 for 41 proved to be the pick of Pompey’s bowlers, but was unfortunate to not pick up more scalps.
Despite taking only 3 wickets, and Sway’s opening batsman carrying his bat for 144 not out, Pompey did well to restrict the home side to 238 for 3 from their 45 overs.
A testing target on paper became a formidable one on turf, with wickets falling as frequently as Nicky Wyatt waxes poetic about his glory years, as the visitors were swatted aside for 156 – some 82 runs shy. Pompey’s only fierce resistance was provided by Ishy Ahmad’s unbeaten 57 (which included 3 fours and 3 sixes), with contributions from Ryan Savage (24), Matt Chapman (17), and Paul Hungerford (15).
Pompey’s finest return home for their final league game of the season, as they welcome Old Basing to St Helens – 1pm start, with end-of-season festivities to follow.
Saturday 25th August - Final Games of the season for 2nd and 3rd XI
The 1st XI travels to )T & Romsey (12:30 start)
The 2nd XI welcome Old Basing to St Helen's (1pm start)
The 3rd XI welcome Compton to 3rds Ground - St Johns College, Farlington Playing Fields) (1pm start)
The Clubhouse at St Helen's will be open