Unbeaten sides aim for famous five

Max Goddard bowling for Waterlooville. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122662-1)
Max Goddard bowling for Waterlooville. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122662-1)
Sean Ervine is caught by Varun Chopra. Picture: Kevin Shipp

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Two of the region’s clubs will be bidding to extend their perfect starts to the season this weekend.

Portsmouth have blazed the trail at the top of the table having registered four straight wins in Southern Electric Premier League division two.

The bowling attack for Dave Henderson’s side have fired the St Helen’s outfit to the summit and they host Langley Manor tomorrow aiming to make it five out of five.

In four matches so far, Portsmouth have yet to concede more than the 124 runs they did on the opening weekend.

Two teams have mustered just 105, but Fawley were dismantled for just 79 all out last week, leading to a seven-wicket win.

In division three, Waterlooville have enjoyed a similarly impressive start.

Ville beat Gosport Borough by 98 runs on their own patch last week – a venue where Borough proved unstoppable all last season.

But skipper Max Goddard believes his unbeaten side have yet to get going with the bat as they entertain Havant II tomorrow.

Goddard said: ‘We are playing with a lot of confidence.

‘We are bowling brilliantly but we haven’t fired 100 per cent with the bat yet.

‘It’s been a good start and there is no reason why we can’t keep this run going.

‘I think we have got a good side and the availability has been good so far.

‘Winning is a habit. But we also know that as soon as you start to lose the odd game, it can change quickly.

‘Sometimes you can’t see where the next win is coming from but at the moment we are riding the crest of a wave.’

Despite their flying start, Goddard’s men are not even top of the table.

Instead, it is Southampton rivals Trojans who lead the way on bonus points.

And Goddard expects his team to face some tough tests as the season goes on.

He said: ‘There will be some big tests coming up in the coming weeks for us.

‘A lot of teams are all capable of beating one another and it’s no different this weekend.

‘Havant II have got some very good players in their team, so we will need to be on it again.’