Havant strengthen title hopes

Opening bowler Finn Hoolahan, who starred with the bat for Havant II. Picture: Mick Young
Opening bowler Finn Hoolahan, who starred with the bat for Havant II. Picture: Mick Young
George Bailey is bowled for a duck against Essex. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Havant strengthened their Southern Electric Premier League division-one title hopes with a convincing win at Alton.

In a match reduced to a stright 38 overs per side rather than a time format – because of the wet surface – Richard Hindley’s men triumphed by 29 runs.

Despite Matthew Ireson’s superb seven for 36, Havant posted a competitive total of 170.

Ben Walker was the key man as he crashed six fours and one six in his 52.

Alton were then restricted to just 141 for nine in reply with Steve Matthews taking three for 19.

In division three, the big clash at the top saw OTs & Romsey end United Services unbeaten run.

Max Smith tore through Services’ middle order to end with five for 35 as the hosts could only muster 180 for nine from their 50 overs.

The prolific George Marshall once again top scored for Lee Carroll’s side with 62, while Damien Carson notched 33.

OTs chased the target down with four wickets in hand despite a fine four for 14 from former Durham spinner David Cox.

Sarisbury, who also have designs on the division three title, maintain their unbeaten start as they beat Fawley by nine runs. David Banks hit a crucial 30 in Athletic’s 174 before taking three for 30 to restrict the visitors to 165 for eight.

Basement side Fareham & Crofton suffered a 164-run loss at the hands of Trojans.

After making 251 for seven, the hosts skittled Fareham for 87, with Kev Light scoring 33.

Havant II also endured defeat, losing by 59 runs to Totton & Eling. Despite all-rounder Finn Hoolahan’s 66, Havant were all out for 153, chasing Totton’s 212 for seven.