Henderson hails ‘most enjoyable’ Portsmouth side

Portsmouth skipper Dave Henderson
Portsmouth skipper Dave Henderson
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PORTSMOUTH skipper Dave Henderson has hailed the current side as the most enjoyable team he has played with in 25 years of cricket.

The St Helen’s outfit have made a ‘dream start’ to life in Southern Electric Premier League division two with five successive victories.

And the feel-good factor around the club heading into tomorrow’s clash with Hursley Park (1pm) is clear for all to see.

Henderson said: ‘We have played five, won five, which is a dream start.

‘The trick now for us is to not get ahead of ourselves or get complacent – we need to just continue to do the basics really well.

‘We are looking forward to the visit of Hursley Park, who are a good team and a nice team to play against.

‘Success brings success and because we started winning games, it has meant that it was easier to attract new players like Rich Locke.

‘There is a nice vibe around the club and for me, in 25 years of playing, this is the most enjoyable team I have played with.

‘You just look forward to your Saturdays and playing decent cricket.’

Elsewhere in division two, Hambledon travel to Langley Manor, while Gosport Borough and Havant II both host clashes in division three.

Borough welcome Alton II with Havant at home to Totton & Eling II.

Gosport will also lock horns with rivals Burridge on Sunday (3pm) when twenty20 cricket returns in the shape of the Southern Electric Cup.

Sarisbury Athletic will also be donning their coloured pyjama kit and switching to the orange ball.

Dave Banks and several of his former Totton & Eling team-mates will be making a nostalgic return trip to Southern Gardens on Sunday, where Sarisbury play the Eels.

Division two leaders Portsmouth plan a repeat of their recent league triumph on Waterside, where they bowled Fawley out for 79 and won by seven wickets.

Finally, premier division side Ventnor travel to division one outfit Basingstoke & North Hants, bidding to progress to the second round of the limited-overs competition.