TEENAGER Andrew Gorvin led the way as Havant had the better of a timed draw in their Southern League premier division summit meeting with South Wilts.
Gorvin, back with the club after spending time with the Hampshire Academy, starred with bat and ball as the visitors got within 10 runs of winning an excellent game of cricket.
The 19-year-old took four wickets for 57 runs to help bowl the reigning champions out for 188 and then top scored with 68 runs as Havant almost got over the line.
Havant skipper Ben Walker believes the youngster can kick on to even bigger things after this confidence boosting performance.
‘Andrew bowled exceptionally well and displayed a maturity beyond his age,’ said Walker.
‘He put the ball in great areas and got his reward with four wickets.
‘It was a good toss to win on a wicket that offered something for the bowlers all game.
‘With only two seamers in our team he bowled a lot of overs which is something that he isn’t used to.
‘It was great to see him stand up to the challenge and deliver in a pressure situation.
‘He has performed to a high level with the bat in recent weeks and now he has done it with the ball.
‘It is great for us to have him back from the academy for the whole season.
‘He is a mature young man and an aggressive cricketer.’
Gorvin and Walker (two for 41) reduced the South Wilts top order to tatters and had them rocking at 15 for five.
South Wilts though have not been champions for the last four years for nothing and set about launching a fightback.
An eighth-wicket partnership of 83 runs enabled the home side to recover and reach a total that looked unlikely in the early stages.
‘We were in dreamland having them at 15 for five,’ said Walker.
‘It was disappointing that we didn’t kill them off but we knew a team of their pedigree would come back at us.
‘We bowled and fielded well but their lower order batsmen played very well.’
Havant found themselves five wickets down for 92 runs.
Gorvin was joined by the experienced figure of Richard Hindley (39 not out) and their partnership of 54 runs put Havant back on track.
‘Towards the end I was pacing around willing us to keep going for it,’ said Walker.
‘We needed 10 runs off the final over but once we didn’t get boundaries from the first two balls it put us under pressure.
‘This was our biggest test so far and we have come out of it with a lot of positives.
‘It was another great team effort and we were all disappointed not to win it.’