Hindley tasks Havant with more glory

Havant skipper Richard Hindley
Havant skipper Richard Hindley
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Richard Hindley believes there is nothing to stop Havant securing national ECB t20 glory after their midweek success.

The Havant skipper was a key figure in their Southern Electric Twenty20 Cup win over Bournemouth, and the league leaders now travel to Guildford on Sunday for the regional finals day of the ECB national t20 competition.

But first the division one table-toppers, who lost to bottom-club Andover last weekend, face a trip to Bashley (Rydal) in the league as they continue to fight for silverware on several fronts.

Hindley said: ‘It would be nice to think we can do what Bournemouth did and become national champions.

‘You’ve got to be lucky on the day but if you work hard and have good plans then you never know.

‘Winning is important and it gives you momentum in any form of the game.

‘You get on a roll and you get a winning mentality.

‘Everything this year is a bonus. We didn’t really have any priorities at the start of the season.

‘We knew if we could play good cricket, we would see what happens and now we know that if we work really hard, we can beat sides.

‘We’re there to be shot at in the league so it’s a big weekend for us but we want to play good cricket and play in big games so we’re ready for it.’

In division two, Ventnor will almost certainly seal the title this weekend when they travel to Portsmouth.

Even a defeat should see the Islanders claim enough points to mathematically secure top spot and confirm their return to the top flight.

At the other end of the table, Burridge face a crucial home clash with mid-table Rowledge in their bid to stay in the second tier, while Hambledon host bottom-club Bournemouth II knowing that one more win will cement their own safety.

In division three, Sarisbury Athletic can take a significant step towards promotion at lowly Hursley Park if they can bounce back from last week’s shock loss to Sparsholt.

United Services must beat Fair Oak to cling on to their outside hopes of promotion, despite a convincing win last weekend.

Fareham & Crofton are still in the relegation mire but will do themselves a huge favour by winning at Easton & Martyr Worthy.

Meanwhile, Havant II entertain Trojans in a mid-table encounter.