Wood can cause Portsmouth problems

Chris Wood   Picture: Neil Marshall
Chris Wood Picture: Neil Marshall
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HAMPSHIRE star Chris Wood could throw a spanner in the works for Portsmouth in their division two title push tomorrow.

The left-arm seamer has turned out for OTs & Romsey several times this season and could be in the ranks for what is effectively a title decider.

With the two clubs well clear of third place, they already look big favourites to secure promotion.

But Portsmouth skipper Dave Henderson has no issue with his side facing a player who is considerably above their normal standard if he is cleared to play by the county.

Henderson said: ‘A lot will depend on whether Chris Wood plays because he has won three or four games by himself for them.

‘If he plays, the guys will step up their game.

‘I think he has been batting at number three or four and sometimes bowls spin so he hasn’t been bowling off his full run.

‘But even him bowling at half pace can pick up some wickets as he has that ability.

‘I don’t have a problem with him playing. He is a genuine club guy and it’s not like he is coming in for one game. He’s also a nice bloke.

‘In the first game, he was competitive on the pitch but at the end of the game, he was nice as pie when we were having a beer. That’s my yardstick.’

Henderson added: ‘I think whoever wins this one will win the league.

‘The top two look pretty safe at the moment. Third place is about four wins behind so there is a big gap.

‘Some of the games we’ve played this season haven’t been that close.

‘But we know this one is 50-50 and there is a bit more on it.’

In the premier division, Burridge, Sarisbury and Ventnor now fill the bottom three places in the top flight and face crucial fixtures.

Burridge host Alton, Sarisbury are at home to Lymington, while Ventnor travel to leaders South Wilts.

In division three, Waterlooville were knocked off top spot last week after their defeat to Basingstoke.

They attempt to get back on track at Lymington II.

Elsewhere, Gosport Borough host South Wilts II and Havant II entertain St Cross II.