Purbrook skipper calls for focus against winless Hayling

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Martin Lee insists there will be no complacency from Purbrook as they host Hampshire League division one strugglers Hayling Island.

The Heath skipper led his side to a thumping triumph over second-placed Shrewton last weekend.

And he believes his troops are fully aware of the danger of underestimating tomorrow’s visitors.

Lee said: ‘Against Shrewton, it was probably the best we have played this season.

‘It was nice to fulfil our true potential for once.

‘And for us to win the way we did was very positive.

‘We know we are capable of beating the top teams in this league.

‘And my players are wise enough to know they have to guard against any complacency and not think they have cracked it.

‘We know our opponents are going through a difficult time since being promoted up to this level.

‘They are yet to record a win and it will be hugely disappointing if they got their first against us.’

Lee has called on Purbrook to deliver a repeat of the performance which demolished Shrewton.

Their powerful batting laid the foundations for that 95-run win.

New Zealand all-rounder Ben Skilton hit 116 and Josh Spiers added 50 in a daunting total of 300 for nine in their 50 overs.

Both are in excellent form and are likely to cause the Hayling bowling attack problems tomorrow.

After taking a month to adjust to the English conditions, Skilton is looking more and more like a class act with bat and ball.

Home-grown talent Spiers – batting at number three – has been the team’s most consistent player.

He has not been dismissed for less than 30 this season.

Lee said: ‘Every time Josh has gone out to bat so far he has seen the ball straight away.

‘He is such a sweet timer of the ball and has contributed valuable runs.’

The hosts make two changes from the team which beat Shrewton last weekend.

Graeme McCoy and Jim Amiss come in for Matt McGlinchey and Jonty Peach as they hunt for their fourth triumph of the campaign against the Island outfit.

‘Last week was a big win for us and moved us a bit further away from the relegation zone,’ added Lee.

‘If we hadn’t got it then we would certainly have been left looking over our shoulders.

‘Another win will give us further momentum as we look upwards rather than down.

‘We finished last season with six wins on the trot.

‘I don’t see why, potentially, we can’t match or even beat that this time around.’

Visiting captain Mike Lever faces the task of lifting his side following a 170-run mauling at St Cross Symondians II.

Chasing 254 for nine, Hayling were bowled out for just 84.

Lever knows his team will need to be far more durable if they are to stand any chance of breaking their duck.

Purbrook: Martin Lee, James Holder, Josh Spiers, Ben Skilton, Clark Harding, Sean Figgins, Andy Holder, Aaron Dean, James Gurney, Graeme McCoy, Jim Amiss.

Hayling Island: Mike Lever, Mike Hallett, Gary Martin, Richy Poole, Barney Steel, Dave Wayman, Harry Fenn, Duncan Brown, Jamie Jones, Glen Cavanagh, Andy Shayegan