Havant seal 50-over success

Stuart Ransley
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Jez Bulled capped the end of a Havant era by leading his side to the 50-over pennant in the Southern Electric Premier League premier division.

While Havant claimed runners-up spot in the overall title standings, their 30-run win over Lymington was enough to claim the limited-overs prize.

Skipper Richard Hindley – who is currently away on work – and Bulled are handing over the captaincy duties to Stuart Ransley next term, although both men will still play.

Havant II also secured promotion in division three with 69-run win over Basingstoke II as Andy Galliers struck 91 to mark a successful club campaign.

Bulled’s side hit 217 for nine as Ben Walker top scored (57) before Lymington were bowled out for 187.

Bulled said: ‘We wanted to win the title but it was a nice consolation and it was good that something was on the last game. We can’t grumble too much.

‘Everyone is happy with the season. Our seconds and thirds got promoted as well and having the teams closer together will help.

‘But there will be a few changes next season.

‘Myself and Richard are stepping aside. Things have to move on so Stuart is taking over, Pete Hopson is taking on coaching duties.

‘Chris Morgan also played his last game before moving to Dubai. He will be a big loss but we wish him well.’

Elsewhere in the premier division, Ventnor were unable to finish an impressive season on a high after a seven-wicket defeat to champions South Wilts.

In division two, United Services saved one of their best performances of the season for last with a 93-run win over Tichborne Park.

Josh Booth (80) and Dan Robbins (77) steered US to 272 for nine before Dave Cox (four for 40) then ensured Tichborne Park came up well short.

In division three, champions Portsmouth thumped Bournemouth II by a mighty 187 runs – Jack Marston taking four wickets for just one run as the Dorset club were skittled out for just 80.

Relegated Portsmouth & Southsea went down to a one-wicket defeat to St Cross II.