Sarisbury target top spot

Sarisbury's Pete Hammond
Sarisbury's Pete Hammond
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High-flying Sarisbury face a crunch match this weekend as they hope to leapfrog visiting OT’s & Romsey and climb to the top of the table.

Captain Peter Hammond has set his sights on the title and is confident they can upset the league leaders, who sit just 0.8 average points above them in Southern Electric division three.

Bonus points aside, the two clubs have identical records ahead of the tie, and Hammond knows a good performance is needed tomorrow to maintain their championship hopes.

‘The aim always was to win the title,’ he said.

‘We just need to maintain the high standards we’ve set ourselves and we’ll get there.’

‘At the beginning of the season we said we’d aim to win every game.

‘We’ve lost one now, but I think it’s was a decent achievement to go unbeaten as long as we did.’

Hammond shrugged off suggestions it was a good time to play the division’s leaders, suggesting that his side would back themselves every time against OT’s & Romsey.

‘We beat OT’s last year and I think that with the amount of belief the squad has, we would be happy to play them at any stage of the season.

‘Of course it was a tick in the box to see that they had lost a game three weeks ago, so now we can come into the game with the same record as them.’

Sarisbury themselves had gone seven games unbeaten, before finally coming unstuck against fourth-placed Liphook & Risley a few weeks ago.

‘We had an off day and I think that’s acceptable in a title challenge, but I’m really impressed with how we’ve bounced back,’ recalled Hammond.

After that defeat they returned to winning ways against Calmore Sports, before the following week’s fixtures were postponed due to wet conditions.

They then went on to emphatically beat Fareham & Crofton by 127 runs last week, as they bowled their hosts out for 145, claiming 22 points in the process.

Hammond will be hoping to extend the club’s current winning streak to three, as they seek to wrestle momentum from OT’s in the battle for this year’s title.

Two changes have been made to the side going into the game, with Michael Bond and Matt McKielbery replacing outgoing Paul Friedrich and Andy Reading.

Sarisbury: Peter Hammond, Simon Orr, David Banks, Archie Norris, Matt Journeaux, Mark Miller, Michael Bond, Adam Sharp, James Ingram, Matt McKielbery, Phil Jewell.