Havant hand debut to big hitter

Andy Hornbuckle will be on the hunt for wickets as Havant travel to Hampshire Academy tomorrow

Andy Hornbuckle will be on the hunt for wickets as Havant travel to Hampshire Academy tomorrow

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Havant will hand a debut to new signing Scott Mills after his move from Bournemouth as they prepare to visit Hampshire Academy.

The big-hitting middle- order batsman played a major role in the Dorset outfit’s recent t20 successes but has re-located to the area through his work commitments.

He is believed to have attracted the interests of several other clubs in the region but manager Geoff Owen reckons his decision to sign for Havant was influenced by his contacts within the club.

Owen said: ‘Scott is a good signing with plenty of experience and will probably bat at around number six for us, which has been a tricky position lately.

‘He knows a few of the players here already and maybe that swayed his decision, but we’re looking forward to seeing how he performs.’

Havant face a tough challenge at the Academy, having crashed to defeat at home to South Wilts last weekend.

Richard Hindley’s men looked to be well in the game at the halfway mark as they chased a victory target of 228.

But the loss of their skipper for just one was a major blow to their hopes, and when Jez Bulled was run out, the game proved to be beyond them as they came up well short on 136 all out.

Owen said: ‘Getting 228 at Havant Park looked well within reach but it was a poor batting performance and we’ll be looking to improve this weekend.’

Havant: Ben Walker, Stuart Ransley, Pete Hopson, Richard Hindley, Olly Jones, Jez Bulled, Scott Mills, Tim Jackson, Jez Ord, Steve Matthews, Andrew Hornbuckle.

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