George switches back for Ventor’s battle with Hampshire Academy

Jake George

Jake George

Kyle Abbott appeals after trapping England captain Joe Root LBW. Picture: Neil Marshall

White: Patience key for Hampshire to seal win

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Jake George has switched his allegiance back to Ventnor for their Southern Electric Premier League premer division trip to Hampshire Academy.

The opening batsman has featured for the Academy in recent weeks.

‘We have a good relationship with Hampshire and Jake has been back and forth during the season,’ said Ventnor captain Ian Hilsum.

The island side trail leaders South Wilts by 22 points and host them on the final day of the season.

But Hilsum believes the title has already slipped away.

He said: ‘Realistically the title has gone. All we can do is win this game and hope South Wilts slip up.

‘They are a good side and I can’t see it happening.

‘Obviously we want to finish as high as possible and if that is second or third it is still a good season for us.’

Third-placed Havant can keep the pressure on Ventnor by beating St Cross Symondians at Havant Park.

Vice-captain and wicketkeeper Jez Bulled is ruled out with two broken fingers and captain Richard Hindley is on a work placement in Kenya.

United Services must look to beat Langley Manor at Burnaby Road if they are to keep their division two survival hopes alive.

‘Both our remaining games are winnable,’ said captain Lee Carroll.

‘Our problem is we have not scored enough runs all season.’

Portsmouth need six points from their game against Fair Oak at Eastern Parade to clinch the division three title.

Promotion is sealed but captain Dave Henderson wants them to go up as champions.

Havant II skipper Andy Galliers believes his second-placed side need to win their final two games to make sure they go up.

‘We need 29 points to make sure,’ said Galliers.

‘So it is going to go into the final weekend.

‘Promotion is the aim because we want to get our second team as close to the senior side in the league to help player development.’

A number of players are returning to action after they missed last weekend.

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