Sarisbury bridge the gap

David Banks. Picture: Mick Young (141572-05)
David Banks. Picture: Mick Young (141572-05)
James Vince. Picture: Sarah Standing (170455-8793)

Vince relishing ‘second chance’

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David Banks believes the jump in standard is bringing the best out of Sarisbury Athletic.

The club skipper led his side to a solid 34-run win over Ventnor last weekend, and they travel to St Cross tomorrow looking for a third win from five outings.

After promotion from division one last term and the problems with their ground, Banks’ side have shown they can compete with the better teams.

He said: ‘It’s been a really positive start for us.

‘We need to be playing well to compete in this league and we are enjoying the better standard of cricket.

‘I think it brings out the best in us.

‘St Cross are bottom of the league but they beat Havant two weeks ago.

‘They are still a very good side.

‘If we can get another win to have three wins out of five, it would set us up nicely for the timed cricket, which starts next week.’

Banks also insists the club’s Allotment Road venue should have no further problems this summer.

‘It was great to be back there,’ he said.

‘The wicket was great and there were no issues with the outfield, even though it’s not ideal.

‘Now we’ve played one game on the pitch, it will 
only get better and there were no suggestions from anyone that they were unhappy about it.’

Dan Goldstraw returns to bolster the Sarisbury attack.

Elsewhere in the premier division, Burridge travel to Lymington aiming to respond to last week’s three-wicket loss to Hampshire Academy.

Guernsey captain Jamie Nussbaumer – a fast bowling all-rounder – comes in for Seth Jackson.

Nick Johnson is also available again but Dan Stancliffe keeps his place.

Ventnor entertain Bashley in another top-flight clash.

In division two, second-from-bottom Hambledon make two changes under new skipper Rob Atkins as they face Fawley at Ridge Meadow.

Mark Woodman replaces the unavailable Rupert Hetheringon, while James Atkinson returns after a long absence to replace Will Mann.

In division three, Gosport Borough travel to Totton & Eling II.