Havant keep up the chase

Havant's Stuart Ransley helped sink Hampshire Academy
Havant's Stuart Ransley helped sink Hampshire Academy
George Bailey is bowled for a duck against Essex. Picture: Neil Marshall

Hampshire fall to Essex loss

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Havant maintained the pressure on division one leaders South Wilts with an eight-wicket win over Hampshire Academy.

The visitors were skittled out for just 67 runs, with Jeremy Ord (five for 22) and Steve Matthews (three for 10) wreaking havoc on the Academy batsmen.

Ben Walker (32) and Stuart Ransley (33) helped Havant cruise to an easy win.

Matt Journeaux (76 not out) proved Sarisbury Athletic’s match-winner yet again, as they won by three wickets at Andover.

Skipper David Banks praised the temperament of Journeaux, who showed great character when his side came under pressure.

‘Matt has won us our past two games with his batting,’ said Banks.

‘He is an attacking batsman who likes to play his shots.

‘But when we started losing wickets he adjusted to become a bit more conservative.

‘His natural game is to be positive but he can also push it around to score runs.’

Andover set Sarisbury a target of 207 for seven as the visitors allowed them to add 40 runs in the final 10 overs.

After a reasonable start, Athletic lost three quick wickets before Banks (48) and Journeaux steadied the ship.

‘Our aim is promotion to the Gold League and it is a question of keeping our nerve in the final few weeks,’ said Banks.

‘We have leaders New Milton at our place in a big game.’

Gosport Borough’s division three relegation woes continue after their 69-run defeat at Langley Manor.

Havant II slipped to a 41-run defeat at Tichborne Park despite the gallant efforts of Pete Hayward (39).

Depleted Portsmouth were no match for leaders Fawley, who romped to a 15-run win at St Helens.