Byron rescues Ville to make is six of the best

Byron Haycock bats for Waterlooville. Picture: Mick Young (13493-04)
Byron Haycock bats for Waterlooville. Picture: Mick Young (13493-04)
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BYRon Haycock rescued Waterlooville as the unbeaten Hampshire League division one leaders sneaked to a three-wicket win at St Cross Symondians.

The South African struck 89 in the triumph, which keeps his side on course for promotion.

Waterlooville captain Jon Hudson admitted it was a close-run thing, though.

‘We made life hard for ourselves and it was a pretty nervous changing room,’ said the skipper.

‘Thankfully Byron got us back in it after our terrible start chasing a target of 166 runs.

‘Three of our top four batsmen went for ducks and that’s never good.

‘It was a spicy wicket and the ball was fizzing around a bit.

‘In the end, Byron put on match-winning partnerships with Andrew Reynolds (16) and Sam Hillman (33 not out).’

Hillman was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets as the home side batted first.

Twenty-year old Tom Southall also took his first two senior wickets as Waterlooville made it six wins from six.

Fareham & Crofton slumped to a disappointing 76-run home defeat against Easton & Martyr Worthy.

Portchester suffered an eight-wicket thumping in a rain affected contest at Hook & Newnham Basics.