Portsmouth Cricket Club - 2019

Portsmouth Cricket Club - 2019 News story

Newsletter #10 2019

28 Jun 2019



Dear Friends and Members of Portsmouth Cricket Club

As the weather heats up so is the cricket as most of the teams are in full flow. The Colts U9 – U15 are at the business end of the season and so far, there has been great performances and excellent team spirit with many teams vying for league success.

It is with  a level of nervousness (it is common knowledge that sports people are typically a superstitious lot) and expect that there will be a number of players undertaking an odd ritual or reaching out for that object that brings luck as we highlight the success of the adult teams. Both the 1st XI and 2nd XI are currently at the top end of the tables and very much in contention for honours. More details are included below.

The 3rd XI are also in the top half of the table and could be higher if not for a couple of very close defeats, including last week’s loss by 1 run to Kerala Portsmouth II. Recently this newsletter highlighted the  number of 1st XI  players that came through the Portsmouth CC colts system and for many the route to senior cricket was through the 3rd XI. As it was then, it is now with the 3rd XI often consisting of many colts making the step up and learning their trade by competing and playing with and against the ….(ahem)…more experienced players.

To view all of the teams’ league positions please use the following link


In addition to the various leagues, the club is also involved in T20 competitions. The recent win against South Wilts in Southern Premier T20 Cup is not to be underestimated as South Wilts are a pedigree side having recently won the competition a number of times. The campaign continues this weekend (Sunday 3pm) away to Sarisbury and the team welcomes your support

 The Sarisbury CC address is: Allotment Rd, Sarisbury Green SO31 7AP

Finally this week it seems appropriate to mention the last group of players to start the season as the U19’s commence their bid to replicate previous Portsmouth success in the ECB U19 T20 Competition. On Wednesday the U19's travel to Fair Oak, then travel to Sarisbury (7th July) before a double header on Sunday 21st July at Helen’s. Winners go on to finals day later in the year.


To all of our teams best of luck and play well

Edited by PKE

    Portsmouth regard Southern League division one battle with Sarisbury as must win


Read more at: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/sport/other-sport/portsmouth-regard-southern-league-division-one-battle-with-sarisbury-as-must-win-1-8977934


Jack Marston is hoping the intensity of their two upcoming Southern League division one derby against Sarisbury Athletic can inspire Portsmouth back to winning ways.

Portsmouth CC host the Allotment Road side on Saturday at St Helen’s – before they do battle in a T20 game the following day.

Marston wants his second-placed side to bounce back from their four-wicket defeat at Sparsholt where their middle-order batting let them down.

The skipper regards the league contest against Sarisbury as must win.

He said: ‘Losing at Sparsholt was very disappointing and we didn't perform anywhere near our best.

‘We have lost two games now and if we want to stay challenging at the top can't afford to lose many more.

‘We both won once against each other last season. For us it is a game that we really must win.

‘If we are to win we will have to show a lot more steel in our batting.

‘At Sparsholt we suffered another batting collapse after making a steady start.

‘We have packed our side with seven batsmen in the hope that will make a difference.’

The home side bring back in William Smitherman, James Christian and Jordan Palmer-Goddard to bolster their batting.

Portsmouth won't find it easy against opponents who are bursting with confidence after enjoying success in the league and cup last weekend.

They beat Calmore on Saturday and followed that up by beating Burbage & Easton in the National Village Cup.

Wild Illusion wins the 2018 Nassau Stakes - who will follow suit this year? Picture by Malcolm Wells

Glorious Goodwood: Entries revealed for Nassau Stakes, Goodwood Cup and Stewards' Cup

Their knock-out success has put them within three games of a Lord’s final.

The visitors enjoy the luxury of fielding a full-strength side and are looking forward to coming up against their old rivals.

‘Both clubs have been on the fringes of promotion from division one for a few seasons,' said Sarisbury stalwart Jon Floyd.

‘Portsmouth are a good side and we will be going there to attack them.

‘The contest between our Tom Nightingale and their Fraser Hay will be fascinating.

‘They are two of the most talented cricketers in the league

‘Tom is a very attacking batsmen and has scored a lot of runs. He doesn't hang back and gets us onto the front foot.


Unicorns - 2nd XI



View From Silly Point by Jamie (Mitch) Mitchell

The rain-induced hiatus didn't appear to rein in any of Pompey 2s' early season momentum, as the Hampshire League Div 2 leaders comfortably saw off Fair Oak 2s by 123 runs, at St Helens.

Sunshine, blue skies, and a remarkably dry deck influenced home skipper Nicky Wyatt to bat first upon winning the flip.

And it was Wyatt who monopolised the early scoring, with stroke play as subtle as a Sparsholt CC highlights package, rattling along to 20 before opening partner, Jamie Mitchell, had barely scratched out his guard.

Mitchell eventually started to get in on the run-glut, and the familiar pair combined for 114 in the first 15 overs, with Wyatt passing 50 in the process.

However, after the first drinks break, Pompey's Putin got a little too greedy on 52, holing out at cow corner. Meanwhile Mitchell, after a few beers and a spicy naga lamb the night before, continued to feast on a visiting attack that was more comfortable to digest, riding the occasional slice of luck to bring up his hundred - the last time Mitchell managed such a feat "Blurred Lines" was the No.1 single, and the yet-to-be-sir Andy Murray was in the early rounds of his journey towards a first Wimbledon title.

Matt Chapman came in, and clubbed it like Laing for a 39 that upped the run rate, and royally entertained the masses until he was dismissed in the final over of the innings - as did Mitchell for a 112 that was every bit as ostentatious as these match reports.

Both sides sat down for a well-earned bit of scran, with the hosts posting 264 for 8.

It almost seemed unfair that Pompey were able to unleash hell - in the form of Jed Whitecross and Joe Kooner-Evans - upon the Fair Oak top order.

Kooner-Evans repeatedly beat the bat, and made runs difficult to come by, despite some of Pompey's fielders moving as freely as extras from The Walking Dead (Mitchell, Wyatt, Simon Jones, I'm looking at you), while a couple of smart catches behind the stumps from Martin Ballard-Collins handed Whitecross the early scalps, to take 2 for 25 in his opening burst.

The middle overs belonged to Oscar Davis, as he played Plunkett in taking 3 for 17 off 5, to expose the visiting tail. Cue the Trigger Twins, Paul Hungerford (3 for 14 off 6) and the returning Kooner-Evans (2 for 15 off 8.1), both looking after their brooms in sweeping up the Fair Oak innings for 141, to seal a performance that was as one-sided as a bar room debate between Messrs Wyatt and McCardle.

Our heroes are back on the road this Saturday, for the relatively short trip to Sarisbury 2s.







You can access all upcoming fixtures on the website at


If you would like more detailed fixture information - for a particular team for instance, these are also available on the website at


On Saturday and other selectedhome fixtures

The Clubhouse at St Helen's will be open


You can order your Portsmouth Cricket Club Kit



[link is also on website]


Volunteers  Required

Like many clubs we rely on the goodwill of members in helping out with the running various aspects. If you can spare time on Friday evening by helping out behind the bar or the BBQ please add your name down on the sheet that can be found in the bar area in the plastic wallet underneath the bell.


Training for U9's and younger takes place on Friday evening, and includes the  '#TCIF Social' with BBQ

All members and guests are welcome