Havant captain Richard Hindley was pleased with his side’s improved performance as they got off the mark with an eight-wicket win over Hampshire Academy at the Rose Bowl.
After losing their opening game against South Wilts last weekend, Havant bounced back to complete a convincing division one win over the Academy, who have now lost two out of two.
‘Hopefully this win will get us started and we did a lot better in this match,’ said Hindley.
‘We finished eighth last season which was low for us and our aim this time around is to be more competitive.
‘To do that, we have to improve on last season’s performances.
‘There has been a lot of movement around the league so no-one quite knows how it will pan out yet.’
The visitors invited Hampshire Academy to bat first and soon had them in trouble, sending both openers back to the pavilion with only eight runs on the board.
‘We bowled really well up front with the new ball and caused them a lot of problems,’ said Hindley.
‘Then our spinners carried on with the job in the middle of their innings as their young batsmen found it hard to cope with good quality bowling.’
Hambledon’s Rob Gibson (22) and Owen Alsop (41 not out) provided the bulk of the Academy resistance as they ended their 50 overs on 147 for nine, with Stuart Ransley taking three for 32 off his 10 overs.
The visitors lost Ben Walker cheaply at the start of their innings before Peter Hopson (31), Ransley (62 not out) and Hindley (38 not out) easily guided them to their winning target in under 31 overs.
Havant are having to do without an overseas player this summer, despite spending all winter trying to arrange a deal as newly introduced regulations made it far more difficult.
However, the club have welcomed all-rounder Ransley back from university in Glamorgan and he showed against the Academy he can have an impact this summer.
‘I don’t think not having an overseas player will have too great an impact because a lot of the other clubs have found themselves in the same boat,’ said Hindley.
‘Stuart’s been with us for a long time but he wasn’t available last season.
‘He is a decent cricketer, bats number three and bowls off-spin.
‘We believe he can do really well.
‘He is a good spinner of the ball and we hope there is still a lot more to come from him.
‘That applies to all of us, though, this summer.’