Walker ready to shrug off Havant disappointment

Havant's Southern Electric t20 Cup final side. Picture: Dave Vokes

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Ben Walker insists he is ready to get back on the horse after his last-over heartbreak against South Wilts.

The Havant all-rounder was bowling the final over in the thrilling Southern Electric t20 Cup final earlier this week at the Ageas Bowl.

With the league leaders needing three runs from the final delivery to overhaul Havant’s 156 for six, Jack Mynott cracked a maximum from Walker’s attempted slower ball to seal a five-wicket victory.

It left the former Havant skipper despondent on the turf, with jubilant South Wilts players racing on to the field to start the celebrations.

But Walker insists he shrugged off the initial disappointment and will be back in the ranks for tomorrow’s premier division home clash with Lymington.

Walker said: ‘They needed three runs but I just made sure they definitely did it with a six!

‘We got ourselves into a position where we could have won the game and I think we should have won it.

‘I went for a slower ball that had been going quite well but it landed straight in the arc and I watched it go off into the distance.

‘It was soul-destroying. You could see everyone’s faces.

‘When it happens to someone else, you don’t ever blame it on the person bowling the last over. But when it’s you and you have the game by the scruff of its neck, it’s pretty hard to take.

‘I thrive on those pressure situations so it was a tough pill to swallow.

‘Sometimes you’ve just got to hold your hands up. I wasn’t quite good enough to pull my skills off and the guy absolutely nailed it.

‘I play with a great bunch of lads and every single one of them came up to me saying “it’s not your fault”.

‘At the same time, you blame yourself.

‘It was gutting at the time. But I’m ready to go again – 100 per cent.’

Although South Wilts should wrap up the title this weekend, Walker still wants Havant to finish on a high.

He said: ‘We’ve got two games left and maybe it doesn’t look like there is a lot to play for.

‘But we want to put in two proper performances and make sure we do finish second.

‘We want to be as close to South Wilts as possible. I don’t think there is all that much between the sides.

‘You’ve got to take your hat off to them. They are a very good outfit.

‘They always seem to be able to get themselves out of losing positions and win those games.

‘But we want to make sure that is us in the future.’

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