Bailey on ice as Portsmouth bid to make it two on bounce

Tim Bailey. Picture: Mick Young (083391-01)

Tim Bailey. Picture: Mick Young (083391-01)

Kyle Abbott appeals after trapping England captain Joe Root LBW. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Tim Bailey is the victim of a ruthless selection decision after being axed from the Portsmouth team to host South Wilts II in division three.

The veteran seamer picked up two wickets for 16 runs in a fiery four-over burst last week as the St Helens club stormed to a 99-run success over Trojans.

But it wasn’t enough for the luckless Bailey to retain his place and he finds himself back in the seconds this weekend to accommodate Jed Whitecross’ return.

And he has nobody to blame but himself.

Portsmouth skipper James Scott explained: ‘Timmy dropped himself.

‘I told him I needed to give Jed a game and being the club man he is, Tim said he would play in the seconds.

‘He bowled really well and mopped up the tail last week.

‘I wanted to play him but Jed has got a big future at the club.’

Elsewhere in division three, Portsmouth & Southsea bid to bounce back from a high-scoring defeat at Basingstoke last week with a visit to Bashley (Rydal) II.

Havant II, who hammered the New Forest outfit by 130 runs last week, will be aiming to make it two wins out of two at Bournemouth II.

Meanwhile, Havant’s first-team counterparts face Bournemouth at Havant Park tomorrow looking for their first win of the new premier division season.

They are then back in action as they host Alton in the ECB Club Championship 24 hours later.

Chris Stone, who has made two important batting contributions in recent weeks, misses out with university commitments.

Ollie Jones steps up in his place, while skipper Richard Hindley is also out of Sunday’s showdown, which should see Jez Bulled assume the captaincy.

Ventnor, who picked up a morale-boosting opening-day win at Totton & Eling, entertain St Cross in the premier division fixture.

United Services kicked off their division two campaign with a 92-run defeat to new boys Basingstoke & North Hants.

But Lee Carroll’s side will be eager to get back to winning ways as they welcome Hursley Park to Burnaby Road.

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