Fergusson returns for US

Shane Fergusson

Shane Fergusson

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Shane Fergusson is back to boost United Services’ battle to avoid relegation from Southern Electric division two.

US have managed just two wins from 10 matches this season.

They are languishing second from bottom of the table and suffered a nine-wicket demolition by leaders Basingstoke & North Hants last week.

But skipper Lee Carroll is ready to launch a survival charge.

They travel to second-placed Hursley Park tomorrow with Carroll targeting at least three wins from their remaining eight fixtures.

He said: ‘It’s a bonus to have Shane back and Huw Jones is available again as well so that will strengthen us.

‘We took an absolute pounding at Basingstoke.

‘If we can get a couple of wins back to back, it all changes and we’re capable of doing it.

‘It’s hard to say how many wins we need.

‘If we can get to five, we will give ourselves a fighting chance.

‘But we need to get there and see what happens.

‘We’ve got a tough game tomorrow but then we have got some games against teams around us.’

In division three, table-toppers Portsmouth face a crucial trip to second-placed South Wilts II.

New skipper Dave Henderson kicked off his tenure with a convincing six-wicket win over Trojans last week after assuming command from James Scott.

And having guided his side to victory, Henderson was handed the added bonus of Havant II being defeated by Bashley (Rydal) II.

Havant II, who dropped to third place last week, will be confident of a response when they host Bournemouth II, who have suffered 10 straight defeats this season and are rooted to the bottom of the table.

But Portsmouth & Southsea are also deep in the relegation mire and need a win to boost their hopes of avoiding the drop.

They are at home to Bashley (Rydal) II.

In the premier division, Ventnor travel to St Cross Symondians.

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