Sarisbury keen to take final chance

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David Banks has told his Sarisbury Athletic troops to find one more performance to secure their promotion to the Southern Electric Premier League premier division.

The Sarisbury skipper saw his side humbled by Liphook & Ripsley last weekend but they still went top of the table after New Milton’s defeat.

Sarisbury host fourth-placed Bournemouth tomorrow, while New Milton welcome third-placed Basingstoke, who could yet claim the title themselves.

And Banks admits his men need to find some form quickly.

He said: ‘We’ve got another chance that we never thought we would get.

‘We were all driving home after the game last week thinking we’d blown it but then we heard New Milton lost and it was all back on again.

‘Now it’s about finding one last performance when it really matters.’

Elsewhere in division one, Nono Pongolo could secure a rare double as leading run-scorer and wicket-taker if he can produce the goods again in Hambledon’s home clash with Liphook & Ripsley.

The South African currently leads the batting charts with 513 runs and is just one behind in the list of leading wicket-takers with 30 victims to his name.

But under league rules, his fine season would not be recognised as overseas players cannot win the individual awards.

In division two, there is a crucial derby clash as Havant II host Portsmouth.

While Dave Henderson’s side have comfortably achieved their objective of staying in the division after last season’s promotion, Havant II are in serious danger of relegation.

Their nine-wicket loss at OTs & Romsey last week will have done little to boost confidence and they are struggling for form having managed just one win in their past five outings.

Portsmouth, meanwhile, thumped Paultons last week and will be keen to finish a solid campaign on a high.

While Havant II will want to take care of business themselves, they may have a safety net in the fact that Langley Manor, who sit one place below them, travel to promotion-chasing Sparsholt.