Portsmouth plan to make Hay finale a big success against Hook

Jack Marston insists Portsmouth will be fired up for their Southern League division one contest against Hook & Newnham Basics at home tomorrow.

Thursday, 2nd August 2018, 3:02 pm
Updated Sunday, 2nd September 2018, 2:53 am

He believes his side have two added incentives to win the game.

Australian all-rounder Fraser Hay makes his final appearance before returning to Perth.

The home side are determined to give their popular team-mate a winning send-off.

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A win will also extend Portsmouth's winning run to nine games in the league and keep them on track for a top-two finish.

There is also a hint of revenge in the air after the game between the two sides earlier in the season.

On that occasion Hook squeezed to a narrow win and Jack Marston's team are intent on turning the tables after feeling they should have done better then.

He said: '˜We have a bit of a score to settle after losing to them on the last ball in the first game.

'˜It was a game that we felt we should have won.

'˜More importantly, though, I am sure the players will want to win it for Fraser.

'˜It is no coincidence that our fortunes changed from the point he arrived back in the country.

'˜With him, my brother Andrew Marston and James Christian all becoming available at the same time we suddenly had three of our biggest contributors back.

'˜Fraser has already indicated he intends coming back for a fourth spell with us next year and that is great news.

'˜His batting is miles above everyone else, he is technically very sound and hits the ball hard.

'˜For us he has proved an aggressive run-maker.

'˜Though he bats number three we could pretty much put him in anywhere.

'˜He picks up the length better than anyone I know and scores all around the wicket.'

Hay has also made an impact with the ball in hand once again.

Jack Marston added: '˜His bowling at our level is also very useful.

'˜We can almost expect him to take one or two wickets up top and can come back later and run through the tail.2

'˜We are going to miss him in the final weeks of the season.'

The home side have the luxury of naming an unchanged side.