Morgan adds extra spice to Havant

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Chris Morgan has returned to give a further boost to Havant’s revival.

The 23-year-old former Hampshire man is back unexpectedly early for the summer.

He goes straight into the side to host Lymington in the premier division tomorrow.

Andy Gorvin makes way but he will strengthen the seconds for their division three trip to Basingstoke & North Hants II.

Morgan will join the in-form Rob Gibson – who hit 103 not out and 93 last weekend as Havant beat St Cross and Totton & Eling.

Now they will aim to continue their recent resurgence after some patchy form.

Manager Geoff Owen said: ‘It’s good to have Chris back in the side and Andy will bat and bowl in the seconds.

‘With Chris available and the next round of the ECB Championship coming up, it’s good to get him back in.

‘He is a quality player who has done very well for us in the past and I’m sure he will again.

‘Rob was our most consistent batsman early in the season – even when the team was struggling to score runs consistently.

‘But he is really coming into his own now.

‘He is full of confidence at the moment.

‘He got the team’s first century of the season and hopefully there will be a few more to come from him.’

Bowler Steve Matthews, who played a key role in the league win over Totton the week before, also continued his fine form with the bat.

He blasted 64 not out in the ECB Cup win over the same opposition last weekend.

Owen said: ‘It was a wonderful innings of clean hitting.

‘It came at an important time.

‘The team looks like it is starting to fire on all cylinders with a few more players coming into form.

‘Now we play Ealing on July 14.

‘We played them two years ago and they came down and beat us so we know they are a strong side.’

Havant have also been chosen to host the Southern Electric Premier League representative side to face Kuwait’s international team on Wednesday, July 17.

Owen said: ‘It should be an interesting game.’