Rowledge fell to an emphatic 184-run defeat at home to Portsmouth in Division One of the Southern Premier Cricket League.

Rowledge won the toss and decided to field, and the opening spin attack of David Lloyd and Max Martin reduced Portsmouth to 34 for three.

Australian overseas player Frazer Hay (71) and Daniel Wimble (64) then came together and changed the game completely, adding 140 for the fourth wicket with quality shots all around the ground.

Sujeeth Daini (49) carried on the charge for Portsmouth, and the lower order chipped in as the visitors scored 282 for eight off their 50 overs.

The regular bowlers for the home side produced their normal tight lines and accuracy, but a lack of fifth and sixth bowlers took its toll, and after failing to take sharp chances in the field, Rowledge had a big total to chase down.

The eight wickets were shared between Connor Cook (two for 71), Martin (two for 39), Lloyd (two for 33) and part-timer Ricky Yates (two for 43).

With the wicket playing well and a lightning outfield, the home team had a chance.

However, Jontie Seeborn fell leg before wicket first ball.

The innings never recovered, with Hay (two for 29) and Andrew Marston (three for 18) taking key wickets. Only Zac Le Roux (36) and Yates (23) reached double figures as Rowledge were bowled out for 98 in the 26th over. The last five wickets fell for eight runs.

Rowledge will visit Calmore Sports today (Saturday).