’Ville get the Max out of Goddard

Max Goddard top-scored for Waterlooville, hitting an unbeaten 62, in their division one victory over Ryde at Rowlands Castle Picture: Mick Young
Max Goddard top-scored for Waterlooville, hitting an unbeaten 62, in their division one victory over Ryde at Rowlands Castle Picture: Mick Young
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Dreamer Max Goddard helped Waterlooville maintain their title challenge with a 41-run Hampshire League division one win over Ryde at Rowlands Avenue.

The 24-year old all-rounder hit an invaluable unbeaten 62 runs before taking the vital wicket when the visitors threatened an upset.

The win makes it a perfect 10 out of 10 for Ville this season and is another big step towards achieving their promotion ambitions.

‘Max is a bit of a dreamer and can drift around in the field,’ said Ville captain Jon Hudson.

‘He can go missing at times. Once you put a bat or a ball in his hand, though, he becomes totally focused.

‘This summer he has been one of our most consistent performers.’

Ville opted to bat first after winning the toss and normal service was resumed by the league’s leading run-scorer, Byron Haycock (52).

The South African opening batsman has already amassed well-over 600 runs this summer.

And he made sure there was no repeat of his rare failure at Ventnor last weekend when he failed to trouble the scorers.

He and Hudson put on 80 runs for the first wicket before the former blotted his copybook by running out his captain.

‘I hit the ball and called for the run but Byron stayed put,’ said Hudson.

‘It was best that I sacrificed my wicket and fell on my sword.’

Ville suffered a mini collapse as Haycock and Alex Shephard fell in quick succession, leaving the home side on 100 for three.

Alex Lamont and David Howe steadied the ship with a 40-run partnership before Goddard weighed in with his crucial runs.

Ville finished on 230 for seven, leaving the game finely balanced and the home side needing a good bowling performance.

Hudson’s side once again rose to the occasion, buoyed by the confidence generated by their unbeaten start.

For the second week running their gamble of opening up with a mixture of seam and spin paid off.

Off-spinner John Burnett took three wickets for 18 and Ryde were reduced to 30 for three off the opening 15 overs.

Ville turned the screw even tighter with Hudson conceding just 28 runs from his 10 overs and Matt Cook grabbing three wickets for 45 runs.

Ryde remained in with a chance, however, as long as one of their talented youngsters remained at the crease.

But just when he threatened to score a ton, Goddard clean bowled him to end the danger.

‘This was a big win for us and puts us in a great position,’ said Hudson.

‘Normally at this stage of the season we are chasing the leading group, so this is a pleasant change.

‘The players know they are close and are determined not to blow it.

‘They are now talking about promotion and going on to finish the job.

‘We are all enjoying it and there is a great buzz about the club.’