Don’t write us off yet

Richard Hindley takes a key wicket. Picture: Steve Reid
Richard Hindley takes a key wicket. Picture: Steve Reid
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JEZ BULLED watched Havant shatter Totton & Eling and warned their title rivals: Don’t write us off yet.

A comprehensive seven-wicket Southern Electric Premier League division one win at Havant Park breathed new life into the team’s charge.

Vice-captain Bulled last week told The News he felt the title was already beyond his men.

But he remains determined to push favourites South Wilts all the way.

‘We’re not going to let our season peter out,’ said Bulled.

‘Nobody should ever write us off because we will always be competitive.

‘South Wilts have to be the favourites and they have stolen a march on us.

‘They have also been a bit lucky in that they have been able to play nearly all their games while we have had three or four cancelled.

‘The big signing they have brought in boasts first-class experience in Australia and has also played in the IPL.

‘We will keep pushing, though, and aim to put them under increasing pressure.

‘We won’t make life easy for them or any other team.’

Totton & Eling won the toss but to everyone’s amazement decided to bat first on a slow, damp wicket.

‘It was a bit of a surprise and if I had won the toss I would have bowled first anyway,’ said Bulled.

The visitors soon found themselves in trouble.

Ben Walker made an early breakthrough having opener Ankush Mohod caught behind by Bulled with the score on 10.

That brought dangerous Totton & Eling skipper Dave Taylor to the crease.

But Havant played their trump card – the off-spin of Richard Hindley.

He soon had both Taylor and George Marshall back in the pavilion and, at 49 for three, the visitors were left regretting the decision to bat first.

Havant’s experienced all-rounder picked up five wickets for 24 runs off 19 overs.

And with fellow spinner Chris Morgan (three for 28) getting in on the act, Totton & Eling were dismissed for 137 in under 65 overs.

‘We bowled well and took an early stranglehold on the game,’ said Bulled.

‘Richard Hindley is one of our better bowlers and he has the knack of picking up wickets.

‘He got rid of their danger men and he is always someone we can look to when we need something to happen.’

Havant remained in the driving seat when they began their reply with openers Walker (67) and Pete Hopson (16) putting on 43 together.

Though Hindley fell cheaply, Morgan (33 not out) and Chris Stone easily saw Havant home to a 24-point win.