Havant spinner hailed after taking 500th Southern League wicket

Richard Hindley, right, has become the first player to take 500 wickets in the Southern League premier division. Picture: Neil Marshall
Richard Hindley, right, has become the first player to take 500 wickets in the Southern League premier division. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Havant veteran Richard Hindley has becom the first player to take 500 wickets in the Southern League premier division.

And skipper Chris Stone paid tribute to his 43-year-old off-spinner ahead of the club’s trip to Bashley on Saturday.

In a difficult campaign, Hindley has once again been a shining light for the Havant Park outfit.

‘It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke,’ said Stone.

‘Richard has been a great servant to the club and is still as good a bowler as he ever was. The wickets are a fair reflection of his ability.

‘He has put in some terrific performances ove the years.’

Hindley has taken 26 wickets – at an average of just 12.50 – in the top tier this season.

Elsewhere, Burridge travel to Alton knowing they still have a slim chance of snatching the premier division title.

The odds are stacked against them, though.

They need favourites St Cross Symondians to suffer a shock defeat at Lymington.

Stand-in captain Will Steward believes the team can be proud of their efforts.

He said: ‘We can have no real complaints. It has all boiled down to small margins which cost us extra points on occasions.

‘There is still a faint chance we could win it but St Cross would have to drastically slip up.’

In division one, Sarisbury Athletic need to turn their form around at OTs & Romsey to ensure a second-place finish.

Ricky Rawlins’ side have lost their last two games and are in danger of being overtaken by in-form Ventnor.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth are keen to bring the curtain down on their campaign with a home win against Liphook & Ripsley at Clarence Parade.

After a poor first half of the summer, Jack Marston’s side have shown a vast improvement.

It was no coincidence the results picked up following the return of Fraser Hay, Andrew Marston and James Christian to the fold at St Helens.