Moon: Inconsistency is down to us enjoying life

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James Moon believes fun-loving Portsmouth’s inconsistency stems from not taking their cricket seriously enough.

The Portsmouth skipper saw his men pulverised by Paultons in their Southern Electric division two encounter last Saturday as they went down by 197 runs.

But just 24 hours later, the city club then produced a shock t20 cup victory at Ventnor as Farshan Jemildar’s quick-fire 76 off 39 balls led them to success.

While Moon was delighted with his charges on their last trip across the water, he is less than confident that his players can repeat their heroics for tomorrow’s league clash with the same opponents.

He said: ‘You just never know with our side.

‘We knocked Ventnor out of the t20 cup last Sunday but we’re just as likely to get stuffed as we are to play really well and win.

‘I think it’s down to the fact that we don’t take it as seriously as some other clubs.

‘We play for fun and we’re not a team that trains twice a week and takes it all very seriously, although I have had them in for net practice a few times lately.

‘It’s supposed to be fun and we like to enjoy ourselves. But we also enjoy our cricket and we want to win when we play.’

Cricket takes a back seat for the skipper this week as both him and Matt Scott are not playing to attend the Isle of Wight Festival.

Moon said: ‘Although it’s only down the road, we might be struggling!

‘I may well be popping down at some point in the day to watch at some point, though.

‘We’ve also got our Portsmouth University boys coming back from a week-long tour in Magaluf, so we’ve no idea what state they will be in. It could be interesting.’

Ventnor, meanwhile, have some quick revenge on their minds as they bid to maintain a promotion challenge that has seen them beaten just once in the league so far this term.

Skipper Ian Hilsum said: ‘Portsmouth played very well against us last weekend and their batting line-up is as good as anything else in division two.

‘They were in the top division not so long ago so they obviously have some very good players.

‘They played well on the day and they deserved to win. So we’ll be looking to put that right this time.’

James Wright is back from suspension for Portsmouth, while Ed lye will skipper the side in Moon’s absence. Jack Fleming and Ryan Savage are also included.

Ventnor are hoping to be unchanged but Mark Holmes is on standby to replace Roger Miller, who is bidding to beat a hamstring injury.

VENTNOR: Ian Hilsum, Mark Whyte, Mark Fletcher,

Andy Whyte, Cole McConchie, Adam Hose, Henry Bartlett, David Beven, James Cheek, Neil Westhorpe,

Roger Miller.

PORTSMOUTH: James Wright, Farshan Jemildar,

Dan Cornish, Ed Lye, Rob Jones, Paddy Fullarton,

Freddie Dare, Jack Fleming, James Scott, Ryan Savage,

Tom Sambrook.