Hindley: We won’t panic

Rob Gibson. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography

Rob Gibson. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography

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Richard Hindley insists Havant will not press the panic button as they bid to haul themselves out of a poor run of form.

The Havant skipper saw his charges defeated twice in the space of 24 hours last weekend.

They suffered a seven-wicket loss to Ventnor in the Southern Electric Premier League premier division – a result which took the Islanders to the top of the table.

But their hopes of putting things right the following day were quickly dashed when they were outplayed by division one outfit Sarisbury Athletic in the T20 Cup.

After defeat to Hampshire Academy the week before, it’s a slump which has raised concerns at Havant Park.

But it doesn’t take a genius to work out why the former champions are misfiring.

Not one batsman has made a century so far this season – a rare occurrence for Havant at this stage of the campaign.

And they have scored just six half-centuries between them.

Rob Gibson leads the batting averages with 37.83 from six innings and a top score of 72.

But there are plenty of the normally prolific batting line-up who can’t buy a run at the moment.

Hindley, however, shrugged off the results as a ‘bad weekend’ and has lost none of his faith his in charges.

The Havant captain said: ‘We struggled to score runs last weekend.

‘Ventnor bowled really well and then the wicket got a little easier when they were batting on it.

‘They’ve got a good batting side bolstered by their overseas player (Travis Head) who is a super player.

‘So things worked well for them and not quite so well for us.

‘And Sarisbury are a good side but I think they are suited to the shorter format.

‘We didn’t get enough runs on the board to make it more difficult for them and that’s what cost us in the end.

‘I think it may well have been just a bad weekend.

‘We will find out over the next couple of weekends.

‘We will have to score runs to put some totals on the board.

‘That has to change. But nobody becomes a bad player overnight.

‘We do need to find a way of scoring runs again, though.

‘We back our players and you give them a chance to come out and put things right to play well.

‘Everybody has a good record and you trust them.’

Havant host old foes Totton & Eling tomorrow but have resisted the urge to make changes to a side that retains its continuity.

Havant II, who are flying high in division three, travel to Trojans and have players in form.

But Hindley is sticking with the side that has played in the premier division this term.

He said: ‘We’re not in the frame of thought to promote people from the seconds yet.

‘We know we have good players at this club.

‘They have proved it before at this level and they can do it again.

‘But we need a win. Winning breeds confidence and good performances breed confidence.

‘That will change everything.’

HAVANT: Pete Hopson, Rob Gibson, Ben Walker, Gareth Ransley, Chris Stone, Andy Gorvin, Steve Dean, Richard Hindley, Jez Bulled, Steve Matthews, Jez Ord

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