Aussie returns to boost Heath

Locks Heath wicketkeeper Ryan Smith. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131967-2)
Locks Heath wicketkeeper Ryan Smith. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131967-2)
New Hampshire signing Sam Northeast  Picture: Tom Dulat/Getty Images

Hampshire head to Northeast for success

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Locks Heath have Aussie Ryan Smith back from his travels as they host Alton II in Hampshire League division one.

The overseas player has been sorely missed, with Heath losing both games in his absence.

‘Ryan has been travelling in Europe and we are glad to have him back, said captain Jack Levy.

‘We have slipped down one or two places and must look to return to winning ways.

‘The aim is to get up a notch or two before the end.

‘Our main problem has been a lack of consistency.’

Alex Richardson returns in place of the unavailable Scott Jones.

And Levy is hoping to have both Boyd brothers, Mike and Chris, in the side.

Alex Adams is away but younger brother Ollie, who has been getting runs in the second team, steps up.

Elsewhere, title-chasing Waterlooville should carry too much firepower for mid-table Hook & Newnham Basics at Rowlands Avenue.

In-form Gosport Borough, who have won their last four games, face a tricky test at Ventnor II.

Portchester may find it tough to halt their losing streak as they too cross the Solent to take on Ryde.

Fareham & Crofton visit Rowledge II needing wins to avoid slipping into relegation danger.

And in division two, Hayling Island and Sarisbury Athletic II are also desperate for points – but for different reasons.

Hayling are fighting for their lives at the bottom, while the visitors are chasing promotion.

‘We have suffered from unavailability problems all summer,’ said Hayling captain Phil Mist.

‘This week we are able to put out a strong side but Sarisbury will be tough.’

The home side welcome back star batsman Sam Thompson for only his third game of the season and Ritchie Poole has returned.

Sarisbury captain Jon Floyd believes his side are on track to go up and are strengthened by the return of batsman Simon Orr.

‘Confidence is high and we are at full strength,’ he said.

‘We showed at Purbrook last week we bat deep down the order.’

Relegation-threatened Rowner take on league leaders Ropley.