Aussies turn to Ventnor man

Travis Head
Travis Head
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Travis Head is set to become the latest Ageas Bowl international academy graduate to join up with the Australia squad.

The Ventnor youngster has been asked to fulfil 12th man duties for Darren Lehmann’s squad in their tour match against Sussex, which starts today.

He follows in the footsteps of Ashton Agar and Ashton Turner who were among the six players to arrive at Hampshire for the summer and have been plucked to join the Test squad.

While Head is not expected to play, his skipper at Ventnor believes he could well be a Test player in the future.

Ian Hilsum said: ‘He is 12th man for the game against Sussex but he is still playing for us, which is obviously good news.

‘We hope he goes on to play for Australia at some point but maybe not quite yet.

‘His performances have been brilliant but he has been great to have around off the field, too.

‘We can’t speak highly enough of him really.

‘He’s been taking a fair amount of stick from us about The Ashes recently but he gives a fair bit back as well.’

Ventnor travel to Bashley (Rydal) tomorrow and still have ambitions of finishing the season strongly, even though they achieved their main aim.

Hilsum said: ‘It’s already been a successful season because we have stayed up.

‘But now we are targeting the last four 50-over games to try to win that pennant because we’ve won four out of five of those games.

‘We’ve still got South Wilts, Havant and Bashley to play.

‘But we just want to finish as high as possible and enjoy ourselves.’

In division two, United Services gave themselves hope of avoiding the drop with a timely six-wicket win over OTs & Romsey and will be looking to follow that up with a second success at Paultons tomorrow.

Portsmouth & Southsea still retain hopes of beating relegation from division three, even after the loss to Bournemouth II last week – the Dorset outfit’s first league win of the season.

Dave Tiller’s men entertain promotion-chasing South Wilts II.