Banks keen to end disciplinary talk

Archie Norris.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (131898-0181)

Archie Norris. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131898-0181)

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David Banks insists he wants to draw a line under his disciplinary issues to steer Sarisbury Athletic to the Southern Electric division one title.

The Allotment Road outfit were left reeling recently when the captain was hit with a five-match ban for ‘committing multiple acts of dissent to umpiring decisions’ in a match with Liphook & Ripsley.

Sarisbury were also deducted 10 points as a result.

But, after an appeal, Banks’ punishment was reduced to a two -match ban, with a further two games suspended until 2014. The 10 points were also handed back to put them back on level terms with rivals Burridge.

Banks, who serves the second match of his ban tomorrow with his club hosting Hartley Wintney, said: ‘I’m happy with the way the appeal went and I just want to draw a line under it now.

‘I expected some sort of ban but the club felt that five matches and a 10-point deduction was a bit much.

‘I don’t feel I have anything to prove. I overstepped the line and I accept that so I take my punishment and move on.

‘Archie Norris will skipper the side again. Now we’ve got an identical record to Burridge so it should be an exciting end to the season. We play them in the final game and I’m sure it will come down to that.’

Rick Ankers’ side host Liphook & Ripsley fresh from their seven-wicket win over Hartley Wintney with bowler Nick McMurray eager to build on a fabulous six-wicket haul in a convincing display.

Hambledon have an opportunity to climb out of relegation trouble with a home clash against Andover.

In the premier division, Ventnor are at home to Bournemouth.

Also, Havant travel to Hampshire Academy for the final timed fixtures of the campaign.

Richard Hindley’s side toyed with strengthening their second team last weekend.

But eventually they decided to stick with their usual line-up as the firsts demolished Alton, while the seconds went down to Portsmouth.

Manager Geoff Owen said: ‘It was discussed but it was eventually decided that we wouldn’t do it.

‘It was a collective decision by the club.’

Havant II are still in prime position to secure promotion, despite defeat to Dave Henderson’s side last week.

They will be looking to bounce back against relegation-haunted Portsmouth & Southsea.

Leaders Portsmouth face a trip to Basingstoke & North Hants II knowing they are within touching distance of sealing promotion.

In division two, United Services have given themselves hope of avoiding the drop in recent weeks and will bid to continue their recovery with a home clash against Totton & Eling II.

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