Matthews: I’m here if you need me, lads

Steve Matthews impressed in Havant's league victory over Totton & Eling last weekend
Steve Matthews impressed in Havant's league victory over Totton & Eling last weekend
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Steve Matthews has vowed he will be ready and waiting if he’s required for another Havant rescue job.

The slow left-armer struck a match-winning 38 not out from 20 balls against Totton & Eling last weekend to ensure his club did not suffer a third straight Southern Electric Premier League defeat.

Now Havant face another pivotal weekend, with a league trip to St Cross tomorrow followed by their ECB Championship clash with Totton & Eling on Sunday.

And Matthews insists he’s happy to be the insurance policy down the order if the frontline batsmen fail to cash in.

The 22-year-old said: ‘I’m quite happy with my role.

‘But I can float around in the batting order and I find I play a lot better when I don’t think about it.

‘We have got so many other good batsmen in the side, but as a team we need to have the mindset where we don’t all leave it to someone else.

‘I think they also know I can do a job if it gets down to me.’

Matthews was joined by Jez Bulled last week in getting victory over Totton in the final over, and the slow left-armer believes it has restored confidence in the side.

‘The buzz was back after the game,’ said Matthews.

‘It was a much-needed win, but even though we’ve had a tough spell, I still think we can challenge for the title.

‘The league looks wide open and all the teams are capable of beating each other.

‘I think the week before was my first double loss on a weekend at Havant and I’m in my sixth year. I can’t remember too many times losing consecutive Saturdays, either.

‘We didn’t really know what we were doing wrong but something wasn’t quite clicking.

‘But hopefully we are back on track.’