Havant batting collapse is costly at Lymington

Richard Hindley took five wickets
Richard Hindley took five wickets
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HAVANT were knocked off the top of the Southern League premier division after losing their unbeaten record in a 35-run defeat at the hands of bogey side Lymington.

The New Forest side completed a league double over Havant last season and continued their superiority in a low-scoring affair.

The visitors had their hosts in real trouble after winning the toss and putting them into bat.

It all looked plain sailing for Havant when they reduced Lymington to 84 for five but they let the home side off the hook to reach 162 all out.

Richard Hindley (five for 42) and Richard Jerry (three for 33) were the pick of the Havant bowlers.

Havant still looked on course to win when they progressed to 114 for five but collapsed badly to lose their final five wickets for just 13 runs.

Stand-in captain Andrew Gorvin was massively disappointed to see his side lose in the manner they did.

‘We were pretty poor with the bat,’ said Gorvin.

‘After getting ourselves into a winning position we threw it away.

‘We just managed to find different ways to get ourselves out.’

Burridge produced a magnificent recovery to move into third spot with an outstanding 34-run win at St Cross Symondians.

Put into bat on a difficult wicket Rick Anker’s side looked in desperate trouble as they slumped to 81 for seven.

The visitors, however, showed great resilience to post a target of 188 all out.

That proved to be enough and Ankers praised the players who the dug side out of a big hole.

‘After getting into trouble we applied ourselves,’ said Ankers.

‘Our number eight James Richards produced an unbelievable knock because it was hard work out there.’

Richards (49) hit nine fours as he narrowly missed out on his half century.

He and Ankers put on 80 runs for the seventh wicket.

Dan Stancliffe also contributed a quick-fire 22 runs off 20 balls at the death.

Burridge still had plenty of work to do with St Cross making a good start to their run chase.

‘They were 70 for two at tea and had set off like a train,’ said Ankers.

‘We stuck at it, though, and Ryan Stephenson (four for 28) and Geoff Dods (four for 48) with four wickets apiece put us in the driving seat.

Hampshire Academy slipped to a three-wicket defeat against New Milton.

That was despite a second successive century from Jake Goodwin.