Morgan bids to wave Dubai to Havant in style

Chris Morgan is set to move to Dubai in September
Chris Morgan is set to move to Dubai in September
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Chris Morgan will jet off for a new life in Dubai in September but will be satisfied only if Havant are Southern Electric Premier League champions by then.

The 23-year-old all-rounder is set to finish a degree in accounting and finance at Durham University next month when he completes his final exams, having returned to Havant in recent weeks.

But with a lucrative job already lined up in the United Arab Emirates as an associate wealth adviser, the left-arm spinner insists he has some unfinished business at a club he has served with distinction since he was 13 years old.

Morgan, whose side face a key showdown with league leaders South Wilts tomorrow, said: ‘I’ve secured myself a job in Dubai in September and I’m really looking forward to it.

‘But it means it will be my last season at Havant – for a while at least.

‘There is a massive cricket community over there (in Dubai) and it’s growing all the time.

‘It’s not the end of my cricketing career. I enjoy it too much and I’ll play cricket over there.

‘But I made my Havant debut when I was 13 and I’ve played every season, except for a couple when I played for Hampshire Academy.

‘To finish my final season on a high would be a dream come true.

‘For me, that’s a massive motivation. All of the lads have their sights set on winning the league.

‘It’s a huge game against South Wilts this weekend. I don’t think you can go as far to say it’s a decider.

‘But I think it will certainly have a big influence on who wins the title.’

Morgan was on the books at Hampshire but was released in 2009 and admits it took him time to accept the decision.

He said: ‘If I’m honest, I was very surprised and upset when I was released.

‘At the time, Hampshire told me they always had an overseas spinner. Shane Warne had just left and then Imran Tahir had come in and done really well.

‘So it’s upsetting that those reasons they gave me did not come to fruition.

‘Of course, it could have been outside of their control after they were relegated (no longer having an overseas spinner).

‘And I didn’t have the season I would have liked when I was on the staff. But to be only given one year as a young spinner – I think that was particularly harsh because spinners tend to mature quite late.

‘In hindsight, it was probably the right decision.

‘I will have a good degree under my belt and a good job lined up.

‘So I’m probably in a better position than I would have been if I’d had a long playing career and then got into working life after that.

‘But one of my biggest regrets is not getting a first-class cap.

‘Hampshire played up at Durham a few weeks ago and I went along to catch up with a few of the lads.

‘I did have a thought like “that could be me out there playing”.

‘But I’ve still got a lot of memories and played with some brilliant people.’