Tough test for Tiller’s new recruits

Dave Tiller appeals for a wicket last season. Picture: Mick Young
Dave Tiller appeals for a wicket last season. Picture: Mick Young
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Dave Tiller is hoping his new batting line up will fire tomorrow.

The Portsmouth & Southsea skipper is expecting a tough opening examination as his side travels to Midhurst in Hampshire League division one.

South African overseas player Ash Wallace, Lee Evans from the Royal Navy and former United Services player Lewis Russell all make their debuts in the top order.

The city club suffered a hammering in last season’s meeting between the sides but captain Tiller is looking to turn the tables.

‘We have a new batting line-up and hopefully it will make a difference,’ he said.

‘Hopefully we have improved since last year.’

Elsewhere, Fareham & Crofton begin their bid for a quick return to Southern Electric Premier League cricket with a clash against Purbrook at Bath Lane.

Portchester travel to the New Forest to take on Ellingham and last season’s runners-up Locks Heath hit the road to play Andover II.

Bedhampton Mariners start their home campaign against Ryde at Bidbury Mead.

Rowner begin life back in division two by hosting Compton & Chandlers Ford.

The home side are without strike bowler Dan Stancliffe, and Dan Winzar is drafted in.

‘It should be interesting because we haven’t managed any cricket so far,’ said captain Jamie Hoskins.

‘We even lost our friendlies to the weather. Hopefully we can push for promotion.’

Portsmouth & Southsea: Dave Tiller, Ash Wallace, Lee Evans, Matt Benfield, Lewis Russell, Matt Smith, Harsh Patel, Rush Patel, Rob Evans, Jonathan Willey, Dean Wilson

Rowner: Suji Wickramasinghe, Jim Kemp, Ian Collins, Jamie Hoskins, Rob Bowman, Andy Peck, Luke Watson, Dan Winzar, Andy Lilley, Greg Butler, Rhys Griffiths