Gloves are back on for Banks in Sarisbury push

Dave Banks will be back behind the stumps on Saturday
Dave Banks will be back behind the stumps on Saturday
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David Banks has taken the Sarisbury Athletic wicketkeeper’s gloves as the Allotment Road boys attempt to right the wrongs of last season.

Athletic were champions of division one last term but their ground did not meet ECB requirements to join the top flight.

Sarisbury are now planning to start work on extending the outfield, while Banks – who has a long history of keeping wicket – will return to a familiar spot behind the timbers for the club’s opener at home to Liphook & Ripsley.

He said: ‘Matt Journeaux did it last year but wasn’t that keen to do it again.

‘Our bowling is strong and I haven’t done it for seven years, so I’m looking forward to it again.’

Elsewhere in division one, Burridge host Rowledge, while Hambledon hand a debut to new overseas signing Roscoe Thattil, who boasts an average of more than 60 in the Sri Lankan Premier League.

He joins ex-Hampshire spinner Ian Turner and Jack Lavous back in the Ridge Meadow ranks for their home showdown with Fawley.

Ventnor travel to Totton & Eling in the premier division, with young Australian Travis Head set to bolster their batting line-up.

United Services entertain league new-boys Basingstoke & North Hants in division two of the revamped league, which now encompasses four divisions.

Portsmouth are boosted by the signing of a quality overseas player for their division three campaign, which starts with a visit to old foes Trojans.

James Scott takes the reins again but 21-year-old Australian left-arm seamer Liam Duffield – younger brother of Ryan who turns out for Western Australia and Perth Scorchers – is a key recruit as they chase promotion.

Scott said: ‘Liam is a great lad and has already fitted in well.

‘He’s from Melville, which is Dimi Mascarenhas’ club over there.

‘We’re looking forward to the season. We know we absolutely have to push for promotion if we want to hang on to our better players.’

Elsewhere in division three, Havant II host Bashley (Rydal) II.