Havant spinner hailed after taking 500th Southern League wicket

Havant veteran Richard Hindley has becom the first player to take 500 wickets in the Southern League premier division.

Thursday, 30th August 2018, 4:51 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:17 pm
Richard Hindley, right, has become the first player to take 500 wickets in the Southern League premier division. Picture: Neil Marshall

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.

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'˜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.