Portsmouth Cricket Club - 2020

Portsmouth Cricket Club - 2020 News story

Newsletter #13

02 Aug 2019



Dear Friends and Members of Portsmouth Cricket Club

As a nation we have a reputation for being obsessed with the weather, and you can understand why. Consider the railway network and the reasons why trains are cancelled - it’s too cold, the wrong type of leaves on the track and most recently it is too hot – the net result is that even commuters use mobile weather apps to see if they are going to get home.

As cricketers the weather watching becomes part of the sport, considerably more so than our football, rugby and hockey colleagues who do not care if it is raining. Maybe those of us charged with washing kit may think otherwise, but the average rugby player welcomes a bit of the wet stuff as a slightly muddy field hurts less than rock hard one.

The past few weeks has had keen cricketers frantically checking their weather apps in frustration as the record-breaking weekday temperatures gave way to rain at the weekend, leaving a number of players swapping their bats for paintbrushes.

However, at St Helen’s Portsmouth CC is relatively lucky, a combination of sandy ground, a keen breeze (the experienced PCC fan knows that visiting St Helen’s without layers of clothing is foolhardy even if the temperature scales are nudging thirty degrees), covers and excellent preparation by the ground keeping team mean that more often than not we get the game on.

Last weekend with heavy overnight rain continuing through to mid-morning it was unsurprising the thirds match was called off, but at St Helen’s we managed to get the game on and pretty soon after the start the outfield didn’t look or feel like there had been any recent rain at all.

For the cricketing fan yet another reason to be a member of PCC

News Letter is Edited by PKE






Mid-morning Saturday it was touch and go if the rain which was forecast to stop actually would, but as promised by the Met Office app at 10am it did, allowing the match between Portsmouth 1st XI and Ventnor to go ahead. The leagues bottom placed side were rumoured to be in turmoil with stories that they had recently struggled to get eleven players to turn up, however, on Saturday Ventnor did bring a full squad. Winning the toss Ventnor decided to bat first and it was not long before their difficulties became apparent with opening bowler Fraser Hay (5 for 44) swinging the ball at pace resulted in early wickets. Ventnor were two down with only one run scored and with opening bowling partner Rubin McArdle (10 runs off 5 overs) being economical Ventnor were struggling. Ventnor’s Rob Snell (52) demonstrated some resistance but wickets continued to fall as Joe Kooner-Evans (3-17) replaced Rubin and when Snell fell to Andy Marston’s bowling (caught Fraser) Ventnor were all out for what looked like an under par 84.

Of course, the game is not over until both sides have batted and in reply PCC were keen not to lose wickets in order to gain maximum points, but when Ben Duggan (4) was out early - maybe Ventnor's score was competitive. However, Jack Marston and Fraser looked comfortable and it was a surprise when Jack was out for 23. Now joined by James Christian it was not long before Fraser reached his 50* and PCC chased down the total in a spritely 12.3 overs.

This week the ones travel to Andover



 View From Silly Point

by Jamie 'Mitch' Mitchell 


Disclaimer: Before we proceed with this week’s report, I would just like to confirm that The View’s editor isn’t a faux-eccentric, faux-intellectual, grammar Nazi, who hasn’t demanded that every non-titled male player be named with an ‘Esq.’ at the end. The use of imperial measurements will be left to writer’s discretion.


The losing run has been snapped at two games (and with it any more alcoholism-related references), as 4th placed Pompey 2s travelled to and triumphed over 5thplaced Bransgore, in a tighter contest than the twenty run margin suggests.

Despite persistent rain in Pompey, it was blue skies and bone-dry in the New Forest. It could have been the sight of a grassy pitch, or a few bleary-eyed visitors that may have prompted the Bransgore captain to field first upon winning the toss.

However, it appeared that hosts’ opening bowlers had woken up with thick heads, as Nicky Wyatt and Jamie Mitchell (and Extras) got Pompey off to a flyer, racing to 50 for none after 5 overs. The change bowlers were swiftly called upon, and it was their use of the spin-friendly pitch with variable bounce that made batting as hard as the Brexit for which we’re heading - accounting for Wyatt for a quick 32, and Mitchell for a laboured 23, in between which, Jordan Palmer-Goddard, was Micky H’d - by someone who isn’t Micky H - adjudged lbw whilst metr..sorry, yards *wink* down the pitch, for 4.

With the score at 94 for 4 after 22 overs, the innings was threatening to turn ‘a bit Rowledge’ (see last week’s report) as James Holder joined Dom Wood out in the middle. But as the old saying goes, “a week is a long time in Hampshire League Div 2”, as 15 boundary-peppering overs later, the pair had added 85 in challenging conditions, before Holder departed for an elegant 45, and Wood shortly after for a richly deserved 50.

Ishy Ahmad (14), and Paul Hungerford (19) scrambled 30 runs in the latter overs, two of which were hilariously compiled:

  • Hungerford nudges to point;
  • Ishy takes off for a single;
  • Hungerford sends him back, opportunity for a run out at the non-striker’s (Ishy’s) end;
  • Wild throw at non-striker’s end;
  • Hungerford calls Ishy through for another run, run out opportunity at wicketkeeper’s (Ishy’s again) end;
  • Wild throw at wicketkeeper’s end;
  • Hungerford calls Ishy through for another run;
  • Fielder puts a stop to the madness by opting against attempting run out at non-striker’s end;
  • Ishy collapses in a heap at the non-striker’s end, having run the equivalent of three runs, where he could’ve/should’ve been run out at least twice, for the net result of two runs, that go onto Hungerford’s score;
  • Combination of howling laughter, applause, the odd shout of “buzzeeerrrrrrrs”, and regret that the sequence wasn’t recorded for social media release, among team mates on the boundary.

All such mirth and merriment amounted to Pompey sitting down to tea, having accumulated 228 for the loss of 8 wickets.

In response, the home side made a decent start to their pursuit, and at 72 for 1 after 15 overs, they were comfortably keeping up with the required run rate. However, the drinks break at 15 overs may have broken up the concentration of Bransgore’s batsmen, as James Holder added to his early scalp by striking twice in the 16th over, and once more in the 18th, to leave the hosts at 78 for 4, and to end his 9-over spell with 4 for 38, underlining an excellent all-round performance. In the following over, Paul Hungerford managed to deflect a straight drive back onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end, to manufacture one of those horrible run outs, made even more so as the unfortunate Bransgore batsman had yet to face a single delivery.

With the hosts losing 4 wickets for 11 runs, in the space of 4 overs, many would be forgiven for thinking that Pompey had done the hard work, and could now coast to a comfortable victory. Although, anyone jumping to that assumption, haven’t watched an awful lot of Pompey 2s this summer, with the middle overs proving fruitless for tweakers Lee Hungerford and Ethan Randall, as the next Bransgore pair stopped the rot, and ably reconstructed their run chase, putting on 101 over the next 20 overs.

As the death overs approached, the game was as finely balanced as Olga Korbut, with the home side requiring around a run-a-ball, one big over either way at this point could indelibly decide who’ll be victors or vanquished. Consecutive tight overs from Randall and Lee Hungerford helped push the required rate nearer 8 an over, inducing risky shots, and risky running from the set Bransgore batsmen - as the hosts scrapped for every run, the visitors were unlucky to have a couple of run out decisions go against them.

It took until the return of Ishy Ahmad for Pompey to make the all-important breakthrough, leaving the home side on 185 for 6 – needing a further 45 from the last 5 overs. With each dot ball and single taken, the required run rate increased, thus forcing the New Foresters to swing for the surrounding hedges. This enabled Paul Hungerford to pick up two wickets from the last two deliveries of the 43rd over, both from outfield catches – one of which being a screamer from Palmer-Goddard, who made good ground to his left before rising like an oversized salmon on the mid wicket boundary, to pluck the travelling cherry above his head.

Ishy followed this up in the next over with 2-in-2 of his own, to deny Hungerford a hat trick opportunity, and to wrap up a hard fought win for the visitors. Curiously, with the margin of victory being 20 runs, Pompey had conceded 8 in wides (a vast improvement from the 33 at Bishop’s Waltham), compared with Bransgore’s 28.

A return home awaits Pompey’s finest, as they host new local rivals Emsworth this Saturday.



Sunday 4th August

PCC plays in the next round of the Southern Premier League T20 Competition

Starting at 3pm PCC welcomes Lymington CC

Please come along and support the team in this exciting format of the game










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