Levy calls for reinforcements with Locks staring down the barrel

Locks Heath batsman Alex Richardson
Locks Heath batsman Alex Richardson
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Locks Heath captain Jack Levy has sent out a rallying cry in a bid to lift his side away from relegation danger in Hampshire League division one.

Levy’s side have suffered some heavy defeats this summer and can’t afford another disaster against New Milton II at Warsash Road.

With just two wins under their belt, Locks Heath are feeling the pressure.

Confidence and morale were badly hit by last week’s 10-wicket defeat at Portchester.

Locks Heath were bowled out for just 72 runs.

With five games left, Levy knows his team have to improve quickly.

‘We are staring down the barrel and will be in trouble if we don’t pick up a couple of wins,’ said the skipper.

‘I have been working to get a number of players who have been missing to commit to the next few fixtures.

‘Last week’s performance completely threw me.

‘After winning the toss, I decided to bat first on a hot sunny afternoon but failed to get the desired outcome.

‘That came after defeats against Purbrook and Shrewton, when we found ourselves chasing over 350 runs.

‘We must lick our wounds and come out fighting to make sure that we stay in this division.’

Levy is boosted by the return of key players for the visit of the New Forest side.

Spinners Moshin Sabri and Tom Griffiths return to the fold after missing a few games.

Sabri is capable of bowling miserly spells.

That can be key as his efforts pile the pressure on opponents, allowing Locks Heath to take wickets around him.

Off-spinner Tom Griffiths also bowled well earlier in the season.

He could also have a key role to play for the team.

The battling line-up has been boosted, with Alex Richardson and Scott Jones back.

Both players are capable of scoring big runs and getting their team into a good position.

Levy believes it is vital the team win their race for survival and continue their long stay in division one.

‘We are looking a lot stronger in all areas this week,’ said Levy.

‘Moshin will be a key man for us in the bowling department.

‘The players are determined to go out and restore some respectability in our performance.

‘Without a doubt we will have to be far more durable if we are to win games.

‘Our run in to the end of the season looks relatively comfortable, with games against teams down there with us.

‘It is important we capitalise and make the most of this.

‘We have been in division one for 10 seasons and almost always a top-six side.

‘This summer was always going to be about consolidation and bringing new young players through.

‘Transition is rarely easy or painless.

‘It takes time but it is vital we don’t get relegated.

‘Once you go down it is sometimes difficult to halt the slide.

‘If we keep working as a team in the final weeks, I am convinced we will be okay.’

Locks Heath: James Hughes, Jack Paskins, Scott Jones, Alex Richardson, Justin Brown, Moshin Sabri, Jack Levy, James Griffiths, Justin Cousins, Tom Griffiths, Dan O’Neill.