Midhurst beaten (but by weather, not Purbrook)

George Atkins turns his arm over for Midhurst against Purbrook  Picture by Kate Shemilt C131147-2
George Atkins turns his arm over for Midhurst against Purbrook Picture by Kate Shemilt C131147-2

Midhurst were in desperate need of win to scramble away from the bottom of Hampshire League division one - and may well have got one but for the unwelcome intervention of the rain in their home encounter with Purbrook.

Skipper Tom Atkins won the toss and elected to bowl first. Atkins put his faith in younger brother Russel Atkins and young fast bowler Finn Campbell.

His faith was rewarded when both made significant inroads into the opposition, leaving them 40 for three at one stage.

Tim Powell was introduced into the attack and built on Midhurst’s good start, taking further wickets and creating the opportunity of a rare hat-trick ball at one stage.

Midhurst pressed home the advantage when David Green and Alex Cox came together with four wickets still needed. Green continued his good form to take two well-deserved wickets for eight runs.

Cox chipped in with two wickets, one being tempted down the wicket only to misjudge the flight and be bowled. Purbrook were bowled out for 156 in 35 overs.

As Midhurst looked set for a deserved victory the rain scuppered their chances.

Atkins commented on what a fine bowling performance it had been and said he was hoping for the same this week at Portchester.