Burns’ pace causing trouble

Pat Burns. Picture: Paul Jacobs (142279-3)

Pat Burns. Picture: Paul Jacobs (142279-3)

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Pat Burns may have to turn down the speed gun to get the best from his second stint at Portsmouth.

The young Australian fast bowler rejoined the St Helen’s outfit for another year after ending last term as the joint leading wicket-taker in division two with 32 victims.

Although he started in impressive fashion with five wickets in his first outing, he has been unable to repeat that blistering start with just one wicket since.

Burns’ bowling colleagues Vikram Dawson (11) and Ish Ahmad (eight) have collected the wickets in recent weeks.

But skipper Dave Henderson believes Burns is simply too quick for some of the opposition batsmen, even though he is delighted with his attack as they travel to Fawley looking for a fourth straight win.

Henderson said: ‘The bowling has been awesome so far this season.

‘Pat has actually been bowling too fast because there have been times where he has beaten the bat six times in an over without getting a nick.

‘Batsmen just haven’t been able to get near it whereas the medium pace of Ish and Vikram put it in the spot and let the pitch do the work.

‘Our attack is probably the envy of most clubs in the league at the moment.’

Henderson is certain that Burns will make the necessary adjustments or simply get a little more luck as the season unfolds.

He said: ‘He took a little while to adapt last season and he is probably still making those adjustments.

‘He is used to bowling on a flat bouncy track, which is a bit different to a slow deck at St Helen’s.

‘He is philosophical about it and I’m sure the wickets will come for him.

‘I just think he is just enjoying being a part of a winning side at the moment.’

Elsewhere in division two, Hambledon make the trip to OTs & Romsey fresh from their morale-boosting win over Sparsholt.

In the premier division Havant will look to bounce back from last week’s defeat to St Cross at Alton, while Burridge host Hampshire Academy aiming to make it two wins on the bounce.

In division three, Havant II entertain South Wilts II.

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