It had been four years since Portsmouth saw a cricketing victory over Southampton. However, after two wins from four and a draw, Southampton left the Spinnaker Sports Hall defeated.
The first game, Portsmouth 3rds against Southampton 3rds, began just after 1pm, and was a nail biter. The team, captained by James Suddens, scored 99 runs after the first innings, with Mabs Allam making 28 of them. In the second innings, Southampton only needed one run to win in the last over, with two of their batsmen retiring. Southampton timed their four perfectly, allowing the rivals to win by two wickets.
Despite the loss, the crowds were still chanting with encouragement for Team Portsmouth. The 2nd team opened the batting with Elliot Evans and Kurt Richardson stepping to the crease first. Leading from the front, captain Elliot’s top knock of 28 and 50 extras bowled by Southampton, Portsmouth reached a healthy 125. The second innings saw our opponents closing the gap fast. However, the fielders managed to delay the close till the last ball, off the last over where six runs were required for a draw. To Southampton’s credit, the batsman hit the ball for six, ending an exciting game.
The possibility of a Portsmouth triumph was still very much achievable, as the Portsmouth 1st team padded up. Captain, Marcus Campopiano faced the ball first, and together with his team, scored 87 runs with a couple of commendable sixes in between. Although the last-man-standing was caught in the ninth over, the boys delivered a phenomenal standard of cricket in the second innings. Campopiano managed an astonishing six wickets, entirely by himself, after the seventh over allowing for the first Portsmouth win by 26 runs.
The final game of the day saw the women’s team, captained by Alex Woodward, under a lot of pressure to maintain a winning standard. However, the worrying was unnecessary as Portsmouth absolutely annihilated the Southampton Women’s 1st team, winning by an impressive 75 runs. The whopping score was a result of phenomenal batting from Emily Windsor, who also bowled and kept the wickets remarkably well making her the undoubted star of the show. FORZA POMPEY