SKIPPER Chris Park is determined for Bournemouth to give themselves every chance of securing second spot in Southern League Division One.

Lions kept their hopes of finishing in the top two alive with a 28-run win at Ventnor on Saturday, meaning they remain third in the league table at present.

With just one promotion spot up for grabs, the Bournemouth skipper is still hearing information that leaders Calmore may not be able to go up, meaning second place could result in a return to the top flight.

While Calmore are all but set to land the crown, Park is looking to overhaul Basingstoke & North Hants on the final day of fixtures on Saturday.

He told the Daily Echo: “Calmore realistically are going to get a few points in their last game.

“Between ourselves and Basingstoke, we are playing for the best runner-up really because of this up in the air rumour that Calmore are not going to be able to get promoted.

“The players were all looking at the results coming back on the ferry on Saturday.

“I don’t think anybody really knows.

“Let’s win this weekend and let fate be with us. We will just try and get as many points as we can.”

Bournemouth kept themselves in contention with a solid performance on their trip to the Isle of Wight.

Having won the toss and elected to bat first, Lions opener Nick Park scored an unbeaten 92 from 139 deliveries.

He was aided in the middle order by George Wilson, who totalled 61 not out on his first-team debut, as the visitors posted 218 for three from their 50 overs.

In reply, Ventnor opener Ben Duggan helped his side get off to a flier with 52 from 54 balls.

But Lions put the squeeze on with the spin of Jake Hurley (4-34) and Rob Pack (3-27) the standout performances, as the island outfit were eventually bowled out for 190.

Bournemouth are set to face Sarisbury Athletic in their final league fixture, while Basingstoke travel to Hook & Newnham Basics.

* New Milton lived to fight another season in the Southern Premier League after thrashing St Cross Symondians by nine wickets at Fernhill.

They took only 33 overs to bowl the visitors out for 103 – teenager George Watts (3-40) and veteran left-armer Nick Gargaro (3-39) sharing six of the wickets.

Tom Arnold hit an unbeaten 53 for New Milton.

Lymington smashed 35 runs off the opening four overs against Burridge but then suffered a massive collapse, losing seven wickets for 23 runs.

They were eventually bowled out for 85 and beaten by four wickets.

The defeat ended their already fading prospects of landing the Southern Premier League crown.