Waterlooville chase fourth straight win

James Scutt. Picture: Malcolm Wells (141702-5573)
James Scutt. Picture: Malcolm Wells (141702-5573)
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Max Goddard believes flexibility is the key to his Waterlooville side’s perfect start to the Southern Electric division three campaign.

Ville have claimed three straight wins, including last week’s 98-run crushing of Lymington II.

But they face an improving Gosport Borough side at Privett Park – a venue where Borough went unbeaten all last term.

The Waterlooville skipper said: ‘Everyone can bat and everyone can bowl on our team.

‘We bat all the way down and we have a few different bowling options. It means I can pick and choose, depending on the game situation.

‘We’ve got lots of flexibility in the batting line-up, which means I can send someone in who is a bit more defensive or someone to go in and whack it.

‘It is so handy to be able to do that.

‘We are three out of three so far and we are doing alright.

‘We’ve had a good start but we are not going to get ahead of ourselves.

‘Gosport are strong at home, they are a decent side with a lot of good players but so are we so it should be a good game.

‘It’s a real test for us and it would be a statement if we can go and win there.’

James Scutt returns for Waterlooville but Gosport are boasting an in-form batsman with Australian Blake Maher fresh from last week’s unbeaten century in the win over South Wilts II.

Gosport skipper, Tom Larner, said: ‘It was good to see him get a big score and it always helps when the overseas player contributes early on and gets that confidence.

‘It bodes well for the rest of the season.

‘It was a measured innings at first. We were chasing 260 so he had to play himself in and then unleashed it a bit towards the end with a few sixes.

‘He paced it really well and you can see he is a quality player.

‘I was quite worried when he got a duck in the first game, but then he got 40-odd and got an unbeaten hundred. It’s a good upward curve so I’m expecting a double hundred this week.

‘If he gets one, we’ll show him Gosport’s nightlife!’