Locks target key clash with Hayling

Locks Heath skipper Jack Paskins. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150997-769)
Locks Heath skipper Jack Paskins. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150997-769)
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Locks Heath captain Jack Paskins regards his side’s Hampshire League division one contest at Hayling Island as a must-win game.

Paskins’ team boosted their chances of staying up with a surprise 22-run win over third-placed Shrewton last weekend.

Another victory could see them leapfrog above Ropley and out of the relegation places with two games left to play.

‘This is a game we need to win,’ said the Locks Heath skipper.

‘Hayling will be keen to avoid going all summer without a win, so we can’t afford to be complacent.

‘They have been involved in a few close games, so it is important we go there and do the job.

‘The weather forecast isn’t great but we need to get this game played.’

Paskins is boosted by the return of opening strike bowler James Griffiths.

Meanwhile, Hayling captain Mike Lever is optimistic his team can finally break their duck.

Life has proved tough following last season’s promotion from division two.

The club’s cause has not been helped by the lack of availability of some key players.

‘The aim is to get at least one win before the end of the season,’ said Lever.

‘We face unbeaten league leaders Fair Oak next week, so we are targeting Locks Heath for the win.

‘If we are to get a win we will need to improve our bowling, which has been a 
bit lacklustre in recent weeks.’

The hosts welcome back all-rounder Mike Hallett and hope the good form of Lever and Gary Martin with the bat can continue.

Elsewhere, Portchester will need to improve upon their frail batting if they are to upset fifth-placed OT’s & Romsey II.

Paul Hungerford has seen his team bowled out for less than 100 in three of their past four games.

Fareham & Crofton face a difficult test at fourth-placed Hook & Newnham Basics II.

Purbrook cross the Solent to take on relegation-battling Ventnor II as they bid to finish as high as they can.

‘Our aim is to enjoy the final games and then look at what we need to do to push on for next season,’ said captain Martin Lee.

‘We have been close for two seasons now and it is fine margins.’

Burridge II face a mid-table battle against New Milton II in the New Forest.

Portsmouth & Southsea can fuel their ambitions of a top-six finish by beating inconsistent Salisbury Athletic II at St James’ Hospital.