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Old Hambledonians become the latest victims

posted 13 May 2010, 06:44 by Martin Farrell
26 July 2008

An unbeaten century from Nick Outram guided Bosham to another vital win against Old Hambledonians. The result, along with top of the table Portsmouth & Southsea beating third place Ryde in a closely fought match, means that Bosham have widened the gap to third place.

Bosham took to the field with only nine players after some last minute withdrawals. Despite a tidy opening spell from both Michael Rooke and Martin Farrell that resulted in a couple of wickets the Old Hambledonians batsmen were exposing the gaps in the field. Clarke (54) and Alsop (56) were the mainstay of the innings and their partnership tested the resolve of the Bosham side.

However spirits did not drop quite as much as a few catches. Duncan Barratt provided the key breakthroughs first bowling Alsop and then having Clarke caught at mid-off by Mark Allen. Martin and Rookey came back in to the attack to bowl the final 9 overs of the innings. The pair took a couple of wickets a piece to restrict the visitors to 193 from their 42 overs at the close.

After the interval Bosham knew that if they continued their good form with the bat the target would be reached comfortably. Despite an early set back as Duncan was again trapped LBW the top order delivered again. Rain Man led the way as he set about the opening bowlers in his normal aggressive style. He was supported well by Mark Allen (30) and David Goodman (27) as Bosham stayed ahead of the required run rate.

Old Hambledonians failed to take some difficult catches that may well have changed the course of the match and their heads dropped and Bosham closed in on victory with five overs to spare. Fittingly, the winning runs were scored by Nick with a straight drive for four that also brought up his second century of the season.