Havant out to send Sarisbury further into trouble

Havant player-coach Pete Hopson. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131682-1)
Havant player-coach Pete Hopson. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131682-1)
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Havant insist they are in no mood for sympathy ahead of their crucial Southern Electric Premier League premier division trip to Sarisbury Athletic.

Last weekend, Athletic so nearly did Havant a massive favour in their attempts to become champions but eventually went down to a final-ball defeat to South Wilts in a thrilling clash.

It almost blew the title race wide open again, but the leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief as they maintained a healthy advantage over their nearest rivals.

More importantly for Sarisbury, it meant they remained bottom of the table and now have three games to save their skins in the premier division.

But Havant player-coach Pete Hopson is more concerned with his own club’s fortunes, especially as they booked their place in the t20 final against South Wilts last Sunday.

The two heavyweights now meet under the Ageas Bowl floodlights next Tuesday after Havant completed a 50-run win over Bashley.

But last weekend showed there could still yet be life in the title race, even though plenty had written off Havant’s chances when they went down to South Wilts two weeks ago.

Hopson said: ‘Our game had finished, so myself and couple of others were following it on Twitter.

‘We knew South Wilts needed 10 or 12 off the last over and with one wicket left but they did it off the last ball.

‘It was pretty deflating but just shows it’s not over until it’s over.

‘Any team can be beaten by any other team in this league.

‘Sarisbury have got some good players and they nearly did it.

‘They are in a little bit of trouble and Ventnor look to be staging the great escape.

‘But we can’t worry about what’s going on at the bottom as we have our own things to worry about.

‘We just want to win as many games as we can and we will see how far that takes us.

‘But we’re also looking forward to the final at the Ageas Bowl. It should be a good game.’

Ventnor could take another giant step towards sealing their safety with a trip to Alton.

But they will probably have to make do without the influence of Hampshire’s Danny Briggs.

The slow left-armer returned to his former club last week and hit 92 in their win over fellow strugglers Burridge.

But he is in the squad for the Natwest Blast T20 quarter-final at Worcestershire so looks unlikely to be available.

Burridge are just two points off the bottom of the table and need to find some form quickly after they tumbled to defeat at Newclose last weekend.

Rick Ankers’ team have picked up just one win from their past six outings as they host St Cross.