Havant II wait on Borough for late hope

Graham Burns. Picture: Mick Young

Graham Burns. Picture: Mick Young

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Gosport Borough must play their part if Havant II are to snatch the remaining Southern Electric Premier League division three promotion place.

South Wilts II have already claimed their spot in division two next season but it is down to second-placed Trojans and third-placed Havant II to battle it out.

Trojans face a tricky trip to Privett Park and Graham Burns will be looking for Borough to do his side a favour and help overhaul a deficit that amounts to a handful of points.

But Havant II must attempt to take as many points as possible from their home showdown with Lymington II to increase the pressure on their rivals.

Ben Walker is expected to be included in the second-team ranks because of work commitments and will be looking to build on the century he scored on his last outing.

Elsewhere in division three, former leaders Waterlooville know their own promotion bid has crumbled as they face a home fixture against Totton & Eling II.

In the premier division, it’s a battle for the runners-up position after South Wilts already confirmed their place as champions for a fourth straight year.

Second-placed Havant travel to Bashley with a 12-point cushion but could yet be overtaken if the New Forest club take the victory.

While it’s ultimately been a season of disappointment for Stuart Ransley’s side, they will still be attempting to finish on a high.

And they will be eager to bounce back from a dismal loss to Lymington last weekend when they were bowled out for just 97 chasing 102 to win.

Ventnor are gunning for a fifth straight win as they travel to Lymington.

It’s been an impressive run from the Islanders, who looked certainties for relegation earlier in the season.

In division two, Hambledon host Bashley II fresh from a nine-wicket demolition of Hursley Park last week.

Another victory for Rob Atkins’ side would confirm a fine second half of the campaign in which they have only lost to the top two teams in the division.

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