Portsmouth Cricket Club - 2020

Portsmouth Cricket Club - 2020 News story

Newsletter #19

15 Aug 2020



The season continues at a pace, the recent heat wave has helped to ensure the club has managed to work through a busy fixture list, and although the weather this weekend is not looking great, hopefully we can continue till the end of September as the season attempts to compensate for an early start.

This week a big thank you to Fiona Lunn for providing an excellent review of the women’s W10 match last weekend. W10 cricket has been a real success for the club not only in terms of results but also in participation with many players attending Monday training sessions.



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W10 Ladies Victorious again!

The W10 ladies headed out to Sarisbury for their second match of the season after a convincing win against Old Netley.  With a strong line up of 9 players, ideally, we need 10 but it’ll do, the ladies were keen to get another win under their belts.

The heat tried to throw the team off but with some resilience and lots of wine gums and water we won the toss and fielded first. Fantastic bowling from all the team, with a special mention to Megs and Sal for their super speed bowling and confident wicket keeping from Julia we managed to hold Sarisbury to only 41 with a catch out from Tash.

Bowling was a bit more comfortable with the sun setting although the outdoor exercise class proved a little distracting. Megs and Tash opened the batting well. Kristy and Julie following, some of the newest members of the team had some excellent batting and showed everyone that with excellent coaching from William and Chappers and hard work you can bat for your life. Mary and Fiona gave us their normal show of fun with lots of fantastic hits, Fiona was loving the 4! Mary even made a second batting appearance, practically hitting the ball out of a players hands! Julia and Jenny made a fab new pairing and Julia showed us all how important calling was. Sal then finished off with Mary and scored some fantastic 4s!!

Overall another fantastic game with a final score of 41 for 1 against 100 for 1, scored perfectly by Thomas! Well done to all the ladies, the ride home was not so comfortable in the heat but we did it again and had another excellent win!

Roll on Lymington on 16th August.




By Simon Carter

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 2:10 pm


Kooner-Evans stars as Portsmouth progress in low-scoring Southern Premier League T20 Cup win at Bournemouth

Joseph Kooner-Evans returned remarkable figures as Portsmouth defeated Bournemouth in a low-scoring Southern Premier League T20 Cup tie.

The opening bowler took 3-2 off four overs - three of them maidens - as the hosts were tied down to 61-8 off their 20 overs at Chapel Gate.

Kooner-Evans had opener Ryan Van Der Vyer caught by Hemanshu Hirani for a duck before Adam Davies was caught by Henry Woolfe for three.

And Bournemouth were 10-3 when captain James Christian caught Luke Matthews (5) off Kooner-Evans. Bournemouth lurched to 39-7 en route to a 60-run defeat.

Portsmouth had also struggled early on in their innings against Ollie Breckon. Will Smitherman and Jack Marston were both out for just a single as the visitors slumped to 9-2.

 Breckon went on to bag 5-22 off his four overs, but Dan Wallis came in at No 6 and top scored with 38 as Portsmouth reached 120-8 - helped by 14 wides.





By Simon Carter

Sunday, 9th August 2020, 3:40 pm


Portsmouth still searching for first Southern Premier League Cup after Alton hammering

Portsmouth remain bottom of the Southern Premier League Premier/Division 1 East cup group after a 112-run caning at higher division Alton

The second tier club have just four points from three games - one of which was abandoned - after having 10 points deducted for fielding an ineligible player.

Skipper Dan Harris (72) and Tom South (64) put on 143 for the first Alton wicket, and Portsmouth’s day did not significantly improve thereafter.

The stand was finally broken when Harrison Webb - the sixth bowler used - had Harris caught by Will Smitherman.

That sparked a run of three wickets for as many runs with No 3 Abhay Gonella lasting just three balls before falling to Webb and South dismissed by Reuben McArdle.

Michael Heffernan became Webb’s third victim at 171 but Scott Myers (53 off 59 balls) and teenager Jude Wright (46 not out off 37 balls) added 79 for the fifth wicket as Alton closed on a daunting 261-5.

Webb (3-48) was the most successful bowler while opening pair Joseph Kooner-Evans and McArdle conceded 106 runs off their 14 overs.

Ben Duggan (42) and Thomas Wallis (25) gave Portsmouth an 86-run start in reply before the latter was trapped leg before by South.

But a promising 93-1 quickly became 104-6 as Duggan, captain James Christian (3), Jack Marston - a first ball duck, giving Jack Myers two wickets in two balls - Will Smitherman (5) and Kooner-Evans (1) were all dismissed.

No 9 McArdle (13) was the next top scorer after the opening pair as Portsmouth were all out for 149 with over eight overs still to go.

The margin of victory would have been even greater had Alton’s bowlers not sent down 23 wides as part of a 29-run extras total.

Xavier Bochereau, the last of Alton’s six bowlers to turn his arm over, cleared up the tail to end with 4-35 off 5.5 overs.


Tailender Richard Walker played the key innings as Portsmouth 2nds defeated their Havant counterparts in a tense Hampshire Districts League encounter.

Portsmouth won by just six runs at St Helens in the County G fixture thanks to three wickets each from Fahad Ahmed, Ethan Randall and Paul Hungerford.

Havant, asked to chase 174 for victory, were all out for 167. But Walker - Portsmouth’s wicket-keeper - had earlier changed the complexion of the match after walking out to the middle at No 8.

He promptly hit six fours in his unbeaten 49 and shared a key stand with No 10 Randall (21 not out).

Randall ended as his side’s joint top second highest scorer, alongside skipper and opener Jordan Palmer-Goddard.

Captain Pete Hayward (3-24) dismissed both openers - Hemanshu Hirani (13) was the other - and No 4 Henry Woolfe (0), while Graham Burns took 3-13 off eight overs as Portsmouth totalled 173-8 off their 40 overs.

In reply, Havant lost wickets at regular intervals after opener Simon Loat was bowled by Woolfe for four.

Ben Turk (23) was the top scorer among recognised batsmen before he was trapped leg before by Ahmed, who also dismissed Ollie Perkins (0) and Michael Cripps (6).

Randell accounted for Alex Whitfield (13), Oliver Jones (14) and Steve Matthews (6) before Hungerford dismissed Burns (7) and Hayward (11).

No 10 Warren Turner, though, threatened to give Havant an unlikely success by top scoring with 37 in a last-wicket stand with teenager Dan Aitken (13 not out).

That was only ended when Hungerford bowled Turner to give Portsmouth victory.



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