Another Marshall masterclass as United Services crush Havant

George Marshall batting his way to another cracking score for United Services  Picture: Paul Jacobs (111769-3)
George Marshall batting his way to another cracking score for United Services Picture: Paul Jacobs (111769-3)
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George Marshall hit a second consecutive century as United Services brushed aside Havant II in their Southern Electric Premier League division three encounter.

The diminutive left-hander destroyed Bashley (Rydal) II on the opening weekend with exactly 100.

And he went even better with a chanceless 102 in the US total of 268 for eight.

The tally proved too taxing for Havant II as they closed on 193 for eight to fall to a 75-run defeat.

US skipper Lee Carroll said: ‘George was different class. It wasn’t an easy wicket to bat on but he made it look easy.

‘When he bats like that he gets us off to a flyer.

‘It was one of the best Southern League hundreds I have seen.’

Marshall is already blazing the trail for the top run scorer in the entire league.

But Carroll believes there is more to come from his talented opener.

He said: ‘If George can bat for 50 overs, he could have a double century by the end of the season.

‘He is an aggressive player and when he’s in that kind of form, it’s very hard to bowl at him.’

While Carroll was delighted with his troops, he believes they can still improve.

He added: ‘We just need to tighten up in the field a little bit.

‘And we got ourselves into a good position with the bat and had a few problems.

‘But it was still a very good total. I couldn’t have asked for too much more.’

Despite Marshall’s efforts, US faltered to 180 for seven as Graham Burns (three for 46) and old-stager Phil Loat (three for 46) turned the screw.

But a 78-run stand for the eight wicket between Carroll (33) and Dave Cox (44 not out) boosted the total.

In reply, Havant II skipper Andy Galliers (42) looked in good nick, while Burns added 32 with the bat, having already put in a decent shift with the ball.

But US bowler Cox took three for 24 to put the brakes on the run chase as the Burnaby Road outfit claimed victory.

Carroll insists nobody is getting carried away by their start to the season and knows his men will face some tricky tests in the coming weeks.

He said: ‘It’s been a cracking start but we’re under no illusions, there will be sterner challenges ahead.’