Burridge v Havant
Here we go again on a typical summer’s day this season – heavy clouds, threat of rain and our tosser lost, so Havant had no hesitation in asking us to bat.
I was aware we were going to be up against it today with four of the first XI regulars absent through injuries, and our opening bowler Nick McMurray, whilst he played could not bowl due to a hamstring problem.
Slow start 14 runs on the board before we lost our first wicket AND the second; a mini recovery to 56 before we lost the next when Jamie acting locum captain went for 38 of these runs.
Only a fighting innings of 75 by Marcus Campopiano saved us from utter humiliation, as at one stage I could not even see us getting 100, but thanks to Marcus we managed to get three batting points, with a total of 178 all out.
There was jubilation at the start of the Havant innings when Dan Stancliffe removed their opener with the very first ball. The euphoria was short lived as true to form Havant started to pile on the runs, we managed only one more wicket when Brighton Mugochi clean bowled the other opener.
The Havant captain is always an awkward customer to remove, and once again he dug in for a well-constructed innings of 53, whilst his partner Chris Stone clobbered us for 82 not out.
From our position of runners-up last season to this season means we are flirting with relegation. The reason for this is a sad case of injuries which has meant an unsettled team each week. Last season we operated with such a small squad, whereas this season we have almost doubled the size of the squad. I shall give the exact numbers later.
Next week, we are away for the penultimate game of the season to title chasing Lymington, followed by the last game (and mine) of the season at home to Alton.