All-rounder takes the reins as Havant bid to reclaim crown

Havant skipper Richard Hindley

Havant skipper Richard Hindley

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Havant will go without an overseas player this term as they bid to reclaim the Southern Electric Premier League division one crown.

The former champions suffered a traumatic campaign last summer.

Skipper Lawrie Prittipaul quit the club on the eve of the season, while his successor Ben Walker was involved in several disciplinary matters and suspensions as Havant’s title hopes nosedived.

Former captain Richard Hindley was then asked to step up as a safe pair of hands and has been given the job again this season.

There have been four significant departures with manager Mike Edwards, Sam Walker (Totton & Eling), Mark Miller (Sarisbury) and Jarrad Daniells (overseas) all leaving the club but Stuart Ransley has returned from his studies.

But there is no prospect of an overseas recruit because of the tightened regulations making the whole process more difficult.

Manager Geoff Owen said: ‘Last season our overseas player coached the youngsters and he was fantastic.

‘He did a superb job. So clubs miss out on having an overseas player and someone to assist with coaching youngsters.

‘UK Border Agency have tightened up on everything, which is a shame.’

After sitting out much of last season, former captain Walker is back in the ranks for tomorrow’s visit of South Wilts and Owen insists he starts afresh.

He said: ‘Ben is available and everything from last season is history. He starts with a clean slate.’

Havant: Ben Walker, Stuart Ransley, Pete Hopson, Richard Hindley, Olly Jones, Jez Bulled, Graham Burns, Tim Jackson, Jez Ord, Steve Matthews, Andrew Hornbuckle

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