Easton confident Services can finish the job

United Services skipper Matt Easton
United Services skipper Matt Easton
Kyle Abbott celebrates a wicket today against champions Essex. Picture: Neil Marshall

Abbott puts champions to the sword

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United Services captain Matt Easton is backing his team to hold their nerve and lift the Hampshire League division two title by winning at Redlynch & Hale.

Services knocked Bishop’s Waltham off top spot last weekend.

And they need just 11 points from their final game to be promoted as champions.

‘The title is ours to lose but we have to go out and make sure we finish the job,’ said Easton.

‘Redlynch & Hale won’t make it easy for us and we have to make sure we keep playing decent cricket.

‘Our last three games have seen us beat top sides.

‘Now we have to ensure we finish strongly.

‘At the start of the season the target was to go straight back up into division one.

‘Winning the title would be the icing on the cake.

‘It will be great to go up in style.’

Bishop’s Waltham host Hungerford at Albany Road.

They know if Services slip up, a win could see them snatch the title back at the death.

In division one, Fareham & Crofton fancy their chances of finishing on a winning note as they visit already-relegated Hayling Island.

The Bath Lane outfit’s skipper, Luke Gould, is pleased with the progress his young side have made during the busy summer.

‘If the game is on it 
means we will have played all 17 matches without losing any to the weather,’ said Gould.

‘I can’t remember that happening before in the 10 years I have been playing.

‘A final win will see us finish with more wins than defeats, which was our aim at the start of the season.

‘We are still a very young team and have the potential to go on and get even better.’

Locks Heath have to beat OTs & Romsey to stand any chance of avoiding relegation.

‘The odds are against us but we go into the last game with a chance,’ said captain Jack Paskins.

Portsmouth & Southsea can achieve a top-four finish by beating St Cross Symondians II at St James’ Hospital.

Sarisbury Athletic II bring the curtain down by entertaining unbeaten top-flight leaders Fair Oak.

Eighth-placed Burridge II visit lowly Ventnor II.