Hoggan handed key to Locks first team

Byron Haycock is a chart topper
Byron Haycock is a chart topper
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Locks Heath have called up batting star Mark Hoggan to the first team as they look to return to winning ways at Easton & Martyr Worthy in Hampshire League division one.

Hoggan moved into the area in the summer because of RAF duties.

He has made a big impact with his batting in the second team.

Now he will get his first XI debut.

‘He has made some good scores this summer so deserves his chance,’ said captain Jack Levy.

‘Mark is a tall lad who hits the ball hard and will bat at number five for us.

‘Losing to Ellingham last week was disappointing but, with the depth we have in our club, I will look for us to bounce back.’

Locks Heath will be without Chris Boyd, Alex and Jon Richardson, James Rolfe and Henry Potter.

Off-break bowler Sam Reed is back in the first team for the first time this season.

Unbeaten leaders Waterlooville will expect a difficult test from third-placed Alton II at Rowlands Avenue as they aim for a seventh-straight win.

Waterloovile pair Byron Haycock and Sam Hillman top the division one performance charts at the halfway stage of the season.

South African Haycock heads the batting with 550 runs, including three centuries, while Hillman has taken 19 wickets.

Portchester and Gosport Borough head into their local derby at Cams School looking for a return to winning ways.

Both teams are searching for greater consistency, with Borough hoping to restore some confidence after losing to strugglers Purbrook last week.

Portchester found themselves on the wrong end of a rain-affected contest against Hook & Newnham Basics II.

Rowner and Hayling Island go into battle for derby glory in division two.

Hosts Rowner are hoping to turn their form around after last week’s poor showing at Purbrook II.

Bedhampton can leapfrog into the top six by seeing off OT’s and Romsey at Bidbury Mead.

Burridge II will hope to put halt Sarisbury II’s promotion charge as they host the local derby clash.