Gorvin calls on Havant to bounce back

Havant's Andrew Gorvin. Picture: Allan Hutchings (160416-718)

Havant's Andrew Gorvin. Picture: Allan Hutchings (160416-718)

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Havant will be keen to bounce back to winning ways as they host the Hampshire Academy in the Southern Premier League premier division at Havant Park tomorrow.

Stand-in captain Andrew Gorvin was massively disappointed with the manner his side surrendered their unbeaten record with a defeat at Lymington last weekend.

The visitors had more than enough chances to win the game.

But once again it was their bogey side Lymington who came out on top.

Chasing a target of 162, Havant looked on course to win when they reached 114 for five – only to lose their final five wickets for just 13 runs.

Regular captain Ben Walker returns to the side this weekend as Gorvin finds himself up against former team-mates.

‘I spent the second half of last season with the Academy,’ said Gorvin.

‘It is a very different set-up with all the youngsters trying to become professional cricketers.

‘At Havant, while we go out to win games, it is more about enjoyment.

‘The Academy always have some talented young cricketers.

‘They can prove very dangerous.

‘So we need to be wary of them because of that.

‘What they lack, though, is experience – which is where we will have an advantage.

‘But if we are to win, we will have to bat a lot better than we did at Lymington.

‘Good teams bounce back from results like that and that is what we must do.

‘At the moment, we are only a point behind South Wilts.

‘So we have to pick up our momentum again.’

Havant are without former Hampshire Academy all-rounder Chris Morgan for the clash.

And they are still awaiting the return of batsman Rob Gibson.

Third-placed Burridge entertain Lymington looking to build on their excellent win at St Cross Symondians.

Rick Ankers’ side displayed great resilience to come away with a win after looking in deep trouble on a difficult wicket.

Jamie Richards (49) and Ankers put on what proved to be a match-winning seventh wicket partnership of 80 runs.

That allowed Burridge to reach 188 which seemed unlikely when they were floundering at 81 for seven.

In the end, Ankers was relieved to see his team secure a 34-run victory.

Winless Ventnor cross the Solent to take on New Milton in a bottom-of-the-table clash.

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