Aussie is Head of the class as Ventnor bash rivals

Aussie batsman Travis Head
Aussie batsman Travis Head
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Australian batsman Travis Head hit a sublime century for Ventnor as they did Havant a massive favour in the Southern Electric Premier League premier division.

Head blasted 17 fours in his 142 not out from 143 balls as the Islanders knocked early leaders Bashley (Rydal) off the top of the table with an eight-wicket victory.

A 201-run partnership for the second wicket with Ollie Mills (84) helped see Ventnor reach their victory target of 242.

And that meant Havant made up ground into second spot behind Lymington with their 99-run demolition of Alton, while Ventnor themselves are sitting pretty in third.

Richard Hindley’s men did not enjoy their best day with the bat, posting just 190 as Rob Gibson (41) hit the top score.

But Jez Ord – with five for 30 from seven overs – and Steve Matthews (three for 24) ensured it was more than enough.

Sarisbury Athletic went top of division one with a 26-run success over promotion rivals New Milton.

Ricky Rawlins (73) and Matt Journeaux (68) helped Athletic to 246 for six.

At 176 for four, New Milton looked on course for victory but their last six wickets fell for 44 runs.

Burridge kept up the heat with a three-wicket win over Hartley Wintney.

Derek Kenway grabbed three wickets for 27 as Hartley Wintney posted 174.

He then hit 51 with the bat, while his brother Richard gave useful support with 45 as Rick Ankers’ side got home with seven wickets down.

Hambledon’s inconsistency continues to frustrate but they came out on top against Liphook & Ripsley by a five-wicket margin.

James Atkinson (four for 24) and Ian Turner (three for 31) saw Liphook bowled out for 154.

Sri Lankan Roscoe Thattil then hit 41 to set up an easy win for the Dons, who reached their target in just 34 overs.

Portsmouth & Southsea were well beaten in their division three clash with South Wilts II as they went down by 101 runs.

South Wilts made a hefty 303 for four – too many for Dave Tiller’s men who struggled to 202 for nine.