Lee keen to get Heath ‘buzzing’

Purbrook skipper Martin Lee. Picture: Mick Young (13491-12)

Purbrook skipper Martin Lee. Picture: Mick Young (13491-12)

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Purbrook captain Martin Lee wants his team to get the ‘buzz’ early in their Hampshire League division one campaign.

He believes a winning start against newly-promoted Sarisbury Athletic II at Purbrook Heath will give them just that.

Last season it took Purbrook nine games before recording a win and Lee wants to avoid a repeat.

‘We got stuck in a losing rut at the start of last season,’ said Lee.

‘It was tough but we managed to turn things around with a win at Ryde.

‘That gave us a buzz and we went on to win six games in a row to lift us out of trouble.

‘The Ryde game showed the togetherness and spirit in the side and we took it from there.’

Opening batsman Josh McCoy has left for Southern Electric Premier League premier division outfit Havant and his exit will prove a big loss.

He has been replaced, however, by Australian Jacob Wilson, who makes his league debut tomorrow.

It is the 21-year-old’s second visit to these shores having played in Scotland two years ago.

Lee added: ‘He only managed nine games because of the weather!’

Purbrook have also been boosted by the return of experienced batsman Clark Harding after a two-year break.

Harding, though, is unavailable this weekend – as is James Holder, who is still at university, and the injured Sean Figgins (hamstring).

Sarisbury, meanwhile, make three changes, with Tommy Farley, Michael Bond and Fraser Moon coming in for Sam Floyd, Chris Mottola and Keith Hammond.

Farley is a 19-year-old left-handed opening batsman, who skipper Jon Floyd believes is an exciting talent.

Moon, 20, will add extra options with bat and ball, while experienced Bond is dropping down from the senior side.

‘Tom is a good prospect and this is an opportunity for him,’ said the captain.

‘Fraser is an all-rounder bowling medium pace and providing us with a hard-hitting middle-order batsman.’

For the 60-year-old skipper, it is a return to his roots having started his career at Purbrook way back in 1971.

Floyd spent 20 years at the Heath before moving closer to home at Sarisbury.

‘I know the ground well and in the past I have scored lots of runs on the Heath,’ he said.

‘It will be nice to go back and put one over my old team.

‘We believe we can be competitive. A winning start would be good but we know Purbrook have been a solid division one side over the years.’

Purbrook: Martin Lee, Jacob Wilson, Andy Holder, Sam Pearce, Alan Mengham, Graham McCoy, Krishan Patel, Josh Spiers, Matt McGlinchey, Aaron Dean, Jordan Price

Sarisbury Athletic II: Jon Floyd, Tom Farley, Lewis Mitchard, Colin Day, Michael Bond, Dan Clouting, Tom Kitcher, John Barnes, Tre Manders, Fraser Moon, Matt Reeves

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