Destroyer Hagan helps Fareham & Crofton beat Portchester in derby

Fareham & Crofton's Sam Stoddart in bat.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (150935-7)
Fareham & Crofton's Sam Stoddart in bat. Picture: Paul Jacobs (150935-7)
Andrew Gorvin bowling for Havant.  Picture: Neil Marshall (171025-5)

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Australian fast bowler Durra Hagan destroyed the Portchester batting to give Fareham & Crofton the bragging rights in their Hampshire League division one derby.

Hagan took seven wickets for 21 as the visitors slumped to 139 all out chasing a target of 264 for four.

It was nice of Dave O’Neill’s wife to help us out because he is their best bowler

Luke Gould

The home side also had an unlikely ally in the wife of Portchester danger man Dave O’Neill, who was ruled out because she had gone into labour on the morning of the game.

O’Neill took five wickets in the previous season’s encounter and he was badly missed by the visitors.

‘It was nice of Dave O’Neill’s wife to help us out because he is their best bowler,’ said Fareham captain Luke Gould.

‘We had our own destroyer, though, in Durra (Hagan) and they just couldn’t cope with him.

‘He has played district cricket in Western Australia and is very tall and quick.

‘His first over was devastating, taking two wickets in successive balls and that set the tone.

‘Five of his seven wickets were clean bowled with the other two caught behind.

‘It is nice to get one over on our local rivals because it is a long time since we have beaten them in the league.’

The home side won the toss and not surprisingly batted first on a hot day.

Youngsters Sam Stoddart (42) and Ben Kissane (48) opened the batting and gave Fareham an excellent start, though, they were helped by the absence of O’Neill.

Without his control the visitors conceded 52 extras through byes and wides.

It helped the home side tick along at six an over for the first 20 overs before they started to lose their way.

An injury to visiting wicket-keeper Hayden Sole meant bowler Lee Hungerford had to take the gloves.

As a result, Dave’s brother, Steve O’Neill, who rarely bowls, was drafted into the attack and he ended up with a five-wicket haul.

It took an explosive cameo from Darren Faulkner, who hit 31, at the end to give the hosts some impetus.

In reply, any hope Portchester had was quickly snuffed out by Hagan.

The third ball of his first over took the top off O’Neill’s off stump and he followed this with a yorker to dismiss Paul Hungerford.

Though his hat-trick ball proved to be a wide long hop, the damage had been done.

Gould added: ‘Our good batting performance was also important.’

Portchester captain Paul Hungerford admitted his team were their own worst enemy.

He said: ‘We dropped four slip catches in the first 10 overs and gave away far too many extras.

‘It was then we missed the control Dave O’Neill always gives us.

‘Their overseas player was the difference between the two sides.’