Henderson bows out on a high for Portsmouth

Dave Henderson. Picture: Mick Young
Dave Henderson. Picture: Mick Young
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Dave Henderson has announced he will lead Portsmouth for the final time tomorrow as he steps down as skipper.

The St Helen’s outfit have already secured promotion from Southern Electric Premier League division two ahead of the home clash with Tichborne Park.

They could yet still win the title as they are just six points behind leaders OTs & Romsey.

But 44-year-old Henderson believes the time is right to step aside after his successful spell of leadership.

Henderson said: ‘I have confirmed to the committee it will be my last game for the first team and I’m stepping down as captain.

‘I have loved it on the field but with two promotions in the last three seasons, I think it’s time to pass it on to someone younger who can take the club to the next level.

‘I’ve been able to mentor a talented set of teenagers as they have made the transition from junior to senior cricket and the club has gone from strength to strength over these past three years.

‘Having topped the league batting averages two seasons ago, my runs have been sparse this season – partly from batting lower down the order to give the younger guys a chance and partly due a lack of training owing to work commitments.

‘Hopefully, I will do well for the second team next season – selection permitting!’

It’s been an impressive season for the club and it’s a busy weekend to finish the campaign.

An exhibition charting the history of cricket in the city opens today in the clubhouse.

It includes stories, articles, photos and memorabilia from matches dating back to 1749.

Cricket historian Dave Allen said: ‘The project is intended to celebrate the proud heritage of county, club and youth cricket for Portsmouth that dates back more than 250 years.

‘We hope it will encourage more people to get involved in cricket throughout the city.’

The club is also hosting a final celebration in the shape of a charity match on Sunday (1pm) for Macmillan Cancer Support.

A President’s XI will take on the Solent Barbarians in a 40-over game, featuring many past and present players from the clubs with a barbecue and the bar is open all day.