Ventnor guard against complacency

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Ian Hilsum has dismissed suggestions Ventnor will cruise to the division two title after their flying start to the season.

The Ventnor skipper has overseen three straight wins, while overseas batsman Cole McConchie smashed 150 in the triumph at Hartley Wintney last weekend.

But Hilsum has warned against complacency ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Paultons.

Hilsum said: ‘We’ve done well but we’ve been pushed in all three games so far.

‘We just need to keep that going as much as possible.

‘They were all competitive games and they certainly haven’t been easy.

We out-batted them last week and Cole played a great knock.

‘But we’ve got a lot of experienced players and you’d hope to be winning more than we lose.’

The Islanders were desperately unlucky to be relegated from the premier division last season after finally being allowed to take their rightful place in the top flight when their new ground, Newclose, met Southern League ground criteria.

But while it turned out to be a one-season stay, new skipper Hilsum is determined to get back there for next season.

He said: ‘We want to play against the best sides and test ourselves.

‘But there is a long way to go this season before we can start thinking about that.’

Seamer Mark Holmes comes into the side tomorrow.

He replaces Rob Snell to boost Ventnor’s bowling options for the Paultons showdown.

VENTNOR: Adam Hose, Cole McConchie, Martin Blackman, Ian Hilsum, Roger Miller, Neil Westhorpe, Henry Bartlett, Mark Whyte, David Bevan, Rob Snell, Charlie Freeston