Havant forced to hang on at Ventnor

Dan Hewitt scored 84 for Hambledon at Hook. Picture: Mick Young (111839-18)
Dan Hewitt scored 84 for Hambledon at Hook. Picture: Mick Young (111839-18)
George Bailey is bowled for a duck against Essex. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Havant’s hopes of retaining their Southern Electric Premier League title suffered a major setback as they had to cling on to a draw at bottom club Ventnor.

Richard Hindley’s men were forced to hang on in their trip to the Isle of Wight, with Ian Hilsum’s side turning in one of their best batting performances of the season in the timed clash.

Ventnor hit 247 for five from 64 overs with some patient batting as Hilsum (66 not out), Ollie Mills (56), Jamie Miller (49 not out) and Jacob George (47) all made decent contributions for the home side.

But in reply, Havant’s usual powerful batting line-up struggled and were in serious trouble at 85 for five.

But Hindley (66 not out) and Pete Hopson (39) dug in, while Jez Ord (15 not out) stayed at the crease for 90 balls as Havant closed on 191 for seven from 62 overs.

In division two, Sarisbury Athletic kept up their quest for promotion with a 76-run victory over New Milton.

Pete Hammond hit a brilliant 132 not out, while skipper David Banks (50) also chipped in as Athletic reached 303 for nine. The New Forest outfit never looked like they were in the hunt to chase it down and eventually closed on 227 for eight.

Elsewhere in division two, Hambledon went down to defeat at Hook & Newnham Basics by the narrowest of margins as they lost by just a single run.

Chasing Hook’s 275 for eight, skipper Dan Hewitt (84) and Joe Collings-Wells (54) got them within striking distance.

But after a late wobble they came up just short – Rory Prentice valiantly clipping a one-bounce four off the final delivery when only a six would secure victory.

Burridge suffered a 50-run loss to Rowledge as Jordan Silk (50) top-scored in their total of 247, chasing 297 for eight.

Ben Walker (107) made the most of dropping down to Havant II as they destroyed Portsmouth by 142 runs.

The centuries also flowed for United Services as both Reggie Marshall (109) and Chris Rait (107) reached three figures in a mammoth 320 for six.

Easton & Martyr Worthy were then skittled for 112 to seal a 208-run victory for the Burnaby Road outfit.