Waterlooville ace Haycock aiming to end smashing summer on a high

Byron Haycock. Pic: Mick Young

Byron Haycock. Pic: Mick Young

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Big-hitting batsman Byron Haycock is aiming to fire Waterlooville to the Hampshire League division one title.

The classy South African has notched more than 1,000 runs to dominate the Hampshire League batting averages.

His efforts have helped take Ville to the brink of promotion into the Southern Electric Premier League.

The nearly-men are nearly there again.

They should beat relegation-battling Fareham & Crofton at Rowlands Avenue tomorrow to seal promotion.

If Ville can remain unbeaten all season by also winning their final game at Locks Heath then the title should be heading their way.

Haycock has been a key figure but he is the first to admit that it has been a team effort.

‘I have had a fantastic summer, its all gone very well and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself,’ he said.

‘It will be great to cap it all by finishing unbeaten and taking the title.

‘I know Ville have gone close in the past but always ended up missing out.

‘We will be going hard for the win tomorrow to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

‘Promotion will be brilliant for this club.

‘It is a family club and they have made me feel very much a part of it since I arrived.

‘For me it has been very enjoyable and that has been reflected in my batting.

‘It has been a great team effort and another reason for the success has been our consistency.

‘We have only used 13 players all season.

‘Everyone has chipped in with an important contribution at some stage.’

At the end of the season, Haycock will return to Stellenbosch where he plays in the Boland Super League.

‘I will probably take two weeks off and then get straight back into it,’ said the 21-year-old.

The impressive batsman is also a developing leg-spin bowler who is mature beyond his years.

He is a well-disciplined cricketer, with a positive attitude and incredible desire to succeed.

His sound knowledge and passion for the game, combined with his fantastic work ethic stand him in good stead to play senior South African provincial cricket in future.

Haycock spent the 2012 season playing for Rochdale in the strong Central Lancashire League.

There the talented youngster hit a brilliant century (102 not out).

But by his own admission, he under-performed throughout the summer, only scoring 281 runs at 15.61.

However, he felt he benefited significantly from the experience playing with and against first-class and international cricketers.

Ville have clearly gained from his decision to relocate to the south coast for his second stint in this country.

It could prove a difficult day for relegation battling Fareham & Crofton who are looking to pull off one of the surprise results of the summer.

Their batting has proved brittle all season.

It has left them precariously positioned – one position above the trap door.

They only saved themselves from relegation on the final day of last season.

A repeat performance is likely to be needed next weekend when they host Lymington II at Bath Lane.

That could be make or break for the team.

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