Dave Henderson is making captaincy look an easy gig after leading Portsmouth to a second straight win to keep them at the top of Southern Electric division three.
The 42-year-old hit 41 not out in a vital showdown with promotion rivals South Wilts II.
It was only his second game since taking charge of the side after James Scott’s recent resignation.
And Henderson steered his men to a seven-wicket win.
Portsmouth had to contend with the loss of bowler Jed Whitecross, who suffered mild sun stroke in searing heat, as South Wilts II were bowled out for 145.
Debutant Scott Curwood (three for 19) played a key role.
Henderson said: ‘It was a great effort from the boys.
‘We are the first team to keep them under 200 this season and it was a fantastic win.
‘Jed Whitecross bowled his nine overs and then wasn’t well so we had to keep him in the shade.
‘He was a little worse for wear but was okay afterwards.
‘Scott Curwood came in for his debut and did a great job.
‘Winning by seven wickets makes it sound like an easy game but it was pretty tense out there.’
Havant II stayed right in the promotion frame with a five-wicket win over Bournemouth II.
Skipper Andy Galliers (62 not out) and Ollie Jones (55 not out) dug their side out of the mire after they were reduced to 62 for five.
The duo enjoyed an unbeaten partnership of 118 to power the team home.
Portsmouth & Southsea look increasingly destined for relegation after they went down to a 17-run loss to Bashley (Rydal) II.
In the premier division, Havant registered beat bottom club Bournemouth, with a four-wicket margin.
Chris Morgan (four for 63) shone as Bournemouth were bowled out for 197.
Ventnor shared a draw with St Cross as Ollie Mills hit a fabulous century for the Islanders (140), while Travis Head (82) also excelled.
In division two, United Services’ suffered a 101-run loss to Hursley Park.