Gallier’s men show no mercy

Havant II celebrate
Havant II celebrate
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Hampshire and rain frustrate Middlesex

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Havant II delivered a masterclass in ruthless bowling as Easton & Martyr Worthy were bowled out for just 45 in their division three clash.

Chris Wade (four for 11) and Pete Hayward (three for 20) were the pick of the bunch for Andy Galliers’ side.

They consigned Easton to a fifth straight defeat – with the fifth lowest total in division three history.

Portsmouth II still hold the unwanted lowest mark, when they were bowled out for just 29 against United Services in 2007.

But with four batsmen failing to get off the mark, three scoring just a single and a top score of 23 it was a sorry performance from the strugglers.

Skipper Andy Galliers took the decision to drop himself down the order.

He fired 75 to continue his impressive start to the season as Havant II battled to 201 for eight on a seamer-friendly track.

But despite fielding some good-natured stick from his team-mates, Galliers was delighted with the 156-run victory.

Crucially it lifts his side into the top 10 of the division ahead of the restructure next season.

Galliers said: ‘I got some ribbing from the rest of the side for dropping myself down the order on a green seamer.

‘To be honest, I didn’t really fancy opening the batting on that pitch!

‘We were desperate to bowl first and it was very hard going when we batted.

‘I thought at one stage that 150 would have been a decent par score but we were lucky enough to get up to 200. I was lucky to stick around and people batted around me.

‘Then the bowlers did their job really well. It wasn’t a case of blowing them away.

‘Everyone stuck to their guns, bowled nice tight lines and the wickets just seemed to come.

‘They’d had a lot of rain and it was a tough pitch to bat on.

‘We signed Pete Hayward from Portsmouth, who bowled well with just line and length, and kept nagging away.

‘But batsmen lost their patience and Chris Wade then took four wickets in four overs.’

With the league introducing a fourth division next year, Galliers insists his men are determined to remain in the third tier by staying in the top 10.

He said: ‘If we finish ninth or 10th at the end of the season, I would take that right now.

‘But if we are able to get sides out of a similar strength to the one we put out against Easton, hopefully we can look a bit higher.’

While the seconds prospered, Richard Hindley’s first team slipped to defeat by just eight runs against leaders South Wilts in their first timed game of the premier division.

Hampshire’s new T20 recruit, Glenn Maxwell, turned in a fine display of bowling to pick up seven wickets for 33.

Havant must have fancied their chances when they bowled out the league leaders for just 158.

Hindley (three for 32), Ben Walker (three for 33) and Jez Ord (three for 41) did the damage.

Steve Dean’s unbeaten 66 almost saw his side home, only to come up just eight runs short as Australian Maxwell continued his single-handed demolition job.