Old guard let Havant youngsters lead

Stuart Ransley
Stuart Ransley
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Stuart Ransley has explained how the old guard at Havant have graciously stepped aside to allow him to captain in his own way.

Richard Hindley has done the job for several years, while Jez Bulled often took up the role during his absence.

But while both stalwarts are still very much involved, they are keen for Ransley and his younger team-mates to take the lead when it comes to making the decisions to allow them to learn the ropes themselves and lead the new era.

Ransley said: ‘A few of the older guys are always happy to help out if I need them but they try to take a back seat so I can make my own decisions and learn as well.

‘They let me get on with it, unless they are asked, which is great.

‘I try to involve everyone and the younger guys have their say as well.

‘At some point down the line, one of them will get their chance as well.’

Since taking on the captaincy, Ransley has been surprised by the level of work required away from the pitch but showed it had not affected his ability as he struck a match-winning 80 against Portsmouth in the ECB National Cup clash last weekend.

He said: ‘I am enjoying it on the field but off the field, there is a lot of admin!

‘It doesn’t prove to be too much of a distraction.

‘It’s something I’ve got used to now so it’s not too bad.

‘It certainly doesn’t affect me when I get on the pitch.’

Havant host old rivals Totton & Eling this weekend eager to build on their demolition of Alton a fortnight ago – the only premier division result of the season so far.

He said: ‘We’ve won the two rounds in the ECB and we are the only team to win a game in the premier division so far because nobody else has played.

‘But it’s been a good start so far and hopefully it can continue against Totton.

‘We’ve been fierce rivals down the years.

‘They have lost one or two good players but they are still a good side and they have got plenty of young players coming through.

‘I wouldn’t say they are our main rivals but I’m sure they will give us a really good challenge.’