Gould: Form means nothing

Fareham & Crofton skipper Luke Gould. Picture: Allan Hutchings (121843-760)

Fareham & Crofton skipper Luke Gould. Picture: Allan Hutchings (121843-760)

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Fareham & Crofton and Waterlooville are hoping the monsoon-like weather will relent so they can stage their division one derby at Bath Lane (1pm).

Both teams have already lost four games each to the weather which has made life difficult for everyone.

In a three-week period, Fareham & Crofton have lost 27 adult matches and 12 colts matches – vastly reducing the club’s income.

‘It has been crazy,’ said Fareham & Crofton captain Luke Gould.

‘We have hardly been on a cricket pitch all summer.

‘It is like we are starting the season for a third time this weekend.

‘Form won’t count for anything because both teams are in the same situation.

‘We are desperate to get the game on because we always have a good contest against Waterlooville.

‘We know each other well and it is usually a tight game.

‘I can’t remember the last time they won at our place, so that might give us an edge.’

On the field both sides have lacked consistency and believe some of that is down to the stop-start nature of the season.

They will be looking to use this match as a springboard to greater success in the second half of the campaign.

Fareham & Crofton are pleased to have opening batsman Ed White back following his recent century against Idlers. Ben Kissane and Duncan Farmery are out, though, with Tim Dicks taking over as wicketkeeper.

Ricky Davidson keeps his place after making a good debut at Ryde.

A win for sixth-placed Ville would keep the pressure on the leading group but captain Jon Hudson expects a difficult game.

‘We know they possess some dangerous players, so we will have to be on our guard,’ said Hudson.

‘It has been a frustrating start with all the weather problems.

‘We trained hard before the start of the season only to have our pre-season friendlies and first three league games washed out.

‘Three consecutive wins eventually got us going but after losing last week’s game, players are already a bit rusty.

‘It will be important to refocus and keeping most of our squad together has helped.’

Josh Sweetman is promoted after a series of good performances in the second team.

Fareham & Crofton: Luke Gould, Ed White, Dan Berry, Gary Wylde, Chris Davey, Tim Dicks, Ricky Davidson, Charlie Stubbs, Bob Marchant, Danny Durant, Chris Hillier

Waterlooville: Alex Shepherd, John Grewer, Josh Sweetman, Matt Charman, Jon Hudson, Max Goddard, Andrew Reynolds, Sam Hillman, Nathan White, Lloyd Williams, Alex Lamont

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