Portsmouth’s chance to ease jitters

Dave Henderson
Dave Henderson
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Portsmouth can ease any potential promotion jitters with a trip to bottom club Langley Manor tomorrow.

The St Helens side have led the way in Southern Electric division two for much of the campaign and still look likely to seal a return to division one, even though they have been knocked off the top spot.

But successive defeats to leaders OTs & Romsey and fast-finishing Fawley have raised a few questions on whether Portsmouth have run out of steam at a vital time.

Skipper Dave Henderson said: ‘Our next two games are against the bottom two clubs, and if we play sensible cricket we should win them.

‘We need to win two games from our last four to get promoted.

‘It would be hard to take if we didn’t do it now.’

Elsewhere in division two, Hambledon’s recent revival came to a halt against OTs & Romsey last weekend but they could do Portsmouth a favour if they can grab a win on the road at Fawley.

In division three, there is an important derby clash as Havant II host leaders Waterlooville.

Ville’s clash with Gosport Borough fell victim to the weather last weekend but could take another step towards promotion with a victory.

Max Goddard’s side are then in action again on Sunday in the Southern Electric t20 Plate semi-final.

They host Bournemouth at Rowlands Avenue (3pm) and will face either Ventnor or Totton & Eling for a place in the final at Southern Gardens on Sunday August 16.

In the premier division, the relegation battle is bound to take more twists, with the bottom three clubs all facing crucial fixtures.

Basement boys Ventnor travel to Bashley (Rydal), after coming up one wicket short in their quest for a vital win over Sarisbury last weekend.

Athletic are currently second from bottom but are just 13 points ahead of the Islanders as they entertain St Cross Symondians.

And Burridge –just six points above Sarisbury – are at home to Lymington.

Rick Ankers’ side went down to Hampshire Academy last weekend.