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Hampshire cricket captain Dim-e-tree Mass-c-rain-ass’s Indian Premier League debut is set to be sooner rather than later.

He will still captain Hampshire in the LV County Championship opening match tommorrow against Sussex at Hampshire’s home ground, The Rose Bowl.

However he will now be away from April Twenty-Seventh till May the Twelfth instead of May Twelfth till May Twenty-Sixth.

The change means the all-rounder will miss matches against Somerset, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.


A.F.C Totton’s season took a turn for the good this weekend, as they now sit eleven points clear at the top of second placed VTFC.

VTFC’s 2 games in hand may make it a bit tighter towards the end of the season, however Totton’s 2-0 win over Lymington and a  3-2 win of Christchurch on Tuesday has pushed them ever closer to promotion.

Wimborne and VTFC both lost yesterday afternoon with 1-0 and 2-1 defeats respectively, relieving the pressure on Totton at the top. The defeat for Wimborne leaves them 4th in the table, 15 points behind Totton, however with 3 games in hand.

Promotion seems a real possibility for the Totton faithful, with work being down on Totton’s home ground to make sure it reaches the standards required for promotion to the British Gas Southern League or Ryman Football League, depending on geographical position.

The club has now obtained its E Ground grading which would enable promotion if the club can hold onto their lead in the league.

Totton’s remaining games come against Brockenhurst and VTFC. If Totton were to lose to Brockenhurst and VTFC win their three games against Poole Town, Wimborne, and Hamworthy United, the A.F.C. Totton versus VTFC match at the end of the season could be crucial.

The season is by no means over, however Totton’s promotion dreams are pushing towards reality.



A Hampshire taxi driver has been robbed of his nights takings, at gunpoint.

The incident occurred during the early hours of yesterday morning in Whiteley after leaving a Portsmouth nightclub around 4.05 a.m.

When the cabbie made it to the destination in Thyme Avenue, one man got out of the Citroen C8, whilst the other moved to the seat behind the driver. Upon turning round to tell the passenger the fare, the driver described seeing a small black gun.

The two men ran away with the taxi driver’s money bag, however the police are not releasing how much money they got away with.

The Police are calling for help to catch the pair, Detective Sergeant Chris Buse said: “This is of course a very distressing incident for the taxi driver.”

“This type of crime is not common but it is a very serious incident and we would like the public’s help in identifying those responsible.

One man is described as white, in his early 30s, about six feet tall with dark hair and wearing a blue striped shirt and jeans. The second man, also white, arond 25 years old, five feet ten inches tall and of slim build.

Detective Sergeant Buse is urging anybody who recognises the descriptions to come forward and help the investigation.

Following their recent 2-0 win against Romsey Town F.C, AFC Totton are sitting top of the Wessex Premier League this week.

Having finished as runners-up last year, this season really could be Totton’s year. Currently 9 points clear of 2nd place Wimborne Town, however Wimborne do have 3 games in hand.

Totton have picked up a maximum of 9 points in their last three games, whereas Wimborne have only picked up 7 from 9 following a 1-1 draw with 7th placed Brockenhurst last weekend.

Providing AFC Totton’s ground and finances meet the requirements, the Stags could be playing their football in the British Gas Southern League or Ryman Football League, depending on geographical location, if they manage to hold onto their 9 point lead.

Totton’s remaining four games are againsts Lymington, Christchurch, Brockenhurst and VTFC, whereas Wimborne will face Bournemouth, Fareham Town, Poole Town, Moneyfields, VTFC and a finally Downton.

Wimborne have a slightly better goal difference than the Stags which could prove to crucial if they win their 3 games in hand. However with Totton in pole position for the time being, the battle for promotion could go down to the wire.

For more information on fixtures, results, the league table and information about the clubs log on to www.wessexleague.co.uk

West Ham goalkeeper Richard Wright has joined Southampton on loan for one month today.

The ex Everton, Arsenal and Ipswich keeper joins Southampton to aid their goalkeeper injury crisis. The Saints are bizarrely without all three goalkeeper; Kelvin Davis, Bartosz Bialkowski and Michael Poke.

England international Wright joins Saints at a crucial part of the season, as Saints battle to avoid relegation to league one. With Saints desperate to pick up points, a keeper with Wright’s experience could be just what they need.

Manager Nigel Pearson said: “I am delighted to have got Richard. He is a quality proven keeper with plenty of experience.”

The 30-year old hasn’t seen much first team football at West Ham and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get some games and prove his worth to the hammers.

All Southampton fans will be hoping he can inject some much needed confidence and experience into a backline which has been performing poorly throughout an injury hit season.

Southampton will face Leicester City tonight in a relegation battle, which could result in either side being dropped dangerously close to relegation from the Coca Cola Championship.

The Saints are currently on a four match unbeaten streak, which has seen them draw with Blackpool, Wolves, Ipswich and Scunthorpe.  Leicester, however, have managed only one point in their last four games which leaves them a point behind Southampton in 21st place.

Southampton will be without the influential Andrew Davies who fractured a cheekbone at Blackpool, however may be boosted by the return of England Under 21 star Andrew Surman.

Leicester are without defender Jamie Clapham, who is expected to be replaced by Joe Mattock. Also on the injury list for the Foxes are Stephen Clemence and James Wesolowski.

The game kicks off at the St. Mary’s Stadium at 19.45 and is sure to be a fiercly contested game, between two teams in desperate need of a win and more importantly the three points that comes with it.



Nigel Pearson was appointed the new Southampton manager earlier this week, following the 1-0 FA cup defeat to Bristol Rovers.

The ex Newcastle assistant manager was a surprise choice for many fans, as many other experienced managers were still available. Southampton chairman Leon Crouch acted quickly after the shock defeat to Bristol Rovers and bought Pearson in, ahead of the likes of Chris Coleman and Iain Dowie.

Pearson takes over from Jason Dodd and John Gorman who were put in charge following George Burley’s decision to take over as the new Scotland boss.  However Dodd and Gorman will continue to work as part of Pearson’s backroom staff.

Due to his lack of managerial experience, the new Southampton boss has been put on a rolling contract at the club. Most of his managerial experience comes as a caretaker boss, where he’s had spells at West Bromwich Albion, England under 21’s and two spells at Newcastle United.

However, Pearson’s best managerial spell came at Carlisle United where he saved the club from relegation on the last day of the season.  A famous injury time goal by on loan goalkeeper Jimmy Glass saved Carlisle from relegation to the Football Conference.

Club Chairman Leon Crouch said: “Pearson is a top quality coach with plenty of experience and good contacts in the game. He is also a strong disciplinarian with a strong work ethic and I believe he will inject new impetus into our campaign.”

Pearson’s first game in charge will come against Plymouth, where Southampton fans will be hoping the team can muster a better performance than the previous match against Bristol Rovers.