Old Boys in charity game

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Portsmouth will be hosting the battle of the generations as the enthusiasm of youth faces the wisdom of experience in a charity clash next Sunday (August 24, 1pm).

The St Helens club, who claimed an extraordinary win at Hartley Wintney last weekend, are staging the charity game as the Geoffrey Elderfield Memorial Trophy in tribute to the club chairman, who died earlier this season.

Portsmouth club stalwart, Tim Bailey, will skipper the Southern League Old Boys, with Lawrie Prittipaul, Ben Thanes, Phil Loat, Paul Ancell, Matt Scott and current captain Dave Henderson confirmed to play.

The Young Guns will be led by Matt Shaw and Havant’s Chris Morgan will be joined in the ranks by Portsmouth & Southsea duo Matt Benfield and Lewis Russell.

Aside from a competitive 40-overs-per-side game, there will be a barbecue and other entertainment, with all proceeds going to Rowan’s Hospice.

Bailey said: ‘We spoke about organising a charity game with Geoffrey before he died and he thought it was a great idea.

‘We’ve got a few of the old timers out of retirement and it will be good to go up against some of the best young players in the league.’

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Portsmouth, meanwhile, host OTs & Romsey this weekend, while Havant II face a huge game at home to Hartley Wintney as they bid to drag themselves away from relegation trouble at the bottom of division two.

In division one, Hambledon will be determined to build on their two fine results in consecutive weeks as they travel to Hursley Park.

The Dons beat leaders New Milton and then followed that by taking down title-chasers Sarisbury Athletic in another pulsating finish last week.

Sarisbury are still clinging on to promotion hopes but need another New Milton slip-up as David Banks’ side host Fawley tomorrow.

In division three, Portsmouth & Southsea entertain Alton II, while Waterlooville visit Tichborne Park.