Havant play down title showdown

South Wilts no longer have Glenn Maxwell to call on. Picture: Dave Vokes
South Wilts no longer have Glenn Maxwell to call on. Picture: Dave Vokes
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Richard Hindley played down the significance of Havant’s trip to defending champions South Wilts and insisted: It’s too early to have an impact on our title hopes.

Tomorrow Havant travel to the club that took their Southern Electric Premier League title last term.

But Hindley believes victory will not leave a psychological advantage for the winners even though his men have already suffered one defeat in their opening two fixtures.

Hindley said: ‘We are probably two of the favourites to win the competition based on the strength of our squads and the recent history of doing well.

‘But I think it’s too early in the season to tell. The pacesetters have not become obvious yet.

‘People are only just getting started this season.

‘They are a good bunch of guys to play against but both sides want to beat each other and it’s always a good contest.’

South Wilts’ success was largely down to Australian overseas player Glenn Maxwell last term, who was then picked up by Hampshire for t20 duty before going on to represent his country.

But Hindley has warned the defending champions will still be strong with Zimbabwean all-rounder Ryan Burl on board.

Hindley said: ‘South Wilts will miss Glenn Maxwell’s wickets from last season – who wouldn’t?

‘But they have another good overseas player this year and they still have good quality in the side.’

Elsewhere in the premier division, Ventnor will be gunning for a second win of the campaign when they travel to Lymington.

Ian Hilsum’s side beat Totton & Eling on the opening day but went down to St Cross by seven runs last weekend.