Sicknote back for Services

104645-1 CRICKET CORRECT CAPTION''Cricket  17/07/10''Damian Carson bowls for United Services against Fareham at Bath Lane.'Pictures: Ian Hargreaves  (104645-1)

104645-1 CRICKET CORRECT CAPTION''Cricket 17/07/10''Damian Carson bowls for United Services against Fareham at Bath Lane.'Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (104645-1)

Nic McMurray

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Damian Carson will attempt to put a year of injury misery behind him for United Services this weekend.

The US batting all-rounder has not featured at all this season after suffering a torn calf on the eve of the campaign.

And after his broken hand ruled him out of the second half of last term, it’s been a horrendous run of luck.

But Carson is back for the division two home showdown against Sparsholt with US desperate for a second win of the season to lift themselves out of relegation trouble.

Skipper Lee Carroll said: ‘It’s a huge boost to have him back.

‘It’s his first game of cricket in nearly a year. He’s our Sicknote!

‘But he makes a big difference to us. He opens the batting and bowls at first change.

‘We’ve missed him badly and I think he gives our batting some extra quality.

‘It’s been really frustrating for us so far this season.

‘We’ve only won one game but I know we are better than that.’

Premier division table-toppers Ventnor climbed to the summit with victory at Havant last week and are brimming with confidence.

The Islanders continue their unexpected surge with a trip to Alton.

In division one, Burridge face a tricky trip to Hook & Newnham Basics.

Rick Ankers’ men had no problems despatching Andover last weekend to rattle off a victory by 103 runs.

The Sarisbury Athletic juggernaut shows no signs of a pitstop and David Banks’ side will go for a sixth straight win at home to mid-table Fawley.

Athletic turned in a fine batting display to rack up 335 for seven in their win over Rowledge last week and then followed it up with an impressive T20 Cup success over Havant the next day.

Division three leaders Portsmouth will be aiming to extend their own good run of form as they entertain Bashley (Rydal) II.

Portsmouth & Southsea – who were well beaten by the St Helens outfit last weekend – travel to Fair Oak as Dave Tiller’s side attempt to ease some of their own relegation worries.

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