Hopson ends Havant century search

Havant's Pete Hopson. Picture: Mick Young (111837-09)
Havant's Pete Hopson. Picture: Mick Young (111837-09)

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Pete Hopson’s brilliant century set up Havant’s sixth straight win in the Southern Electric Premier League premier division as they eased past Lymington by five wickets.

The Havant opener struck 108 with 12 fours in his 146-ball stay for his first league ton in three seasons after Lymington had opted to bat first in their timed clash.

The New Forest club made 227 for seven from 64 overs as Havant’s spinners shouldered the workload, with 50 overs between them – Richard Hindley (two for 63) accounting for 24 himself.

Stuart Ransley (two for 29) and Chris Morgan (two for 55) made sure six of the seven wickets to fall were at the hands of spin.

Lymington’s total was boosted by Australian overseas batsman Damien Mortimer, who made 93, while Darren Cowley (39) played his part.

Havant, however, were in no mood to relinquish their unbeaten record this season.

And when Hopson and Ben Walker (31) launched the run chase with a half-century opening stand, they always looked favourites to claim the win.

Hopson reached three figures for the first time since a clash against Andover in June 2011 and the result kept Havant firing at the top of the table, while Lymington sunk to the bottom.

Havant eventually reached their target in 56 overs with skipper Ransley (24 not out) and Hindley (16 not out) guiding them home to their latest success.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Burridge spent 60 overs chasing leather as they went down by 169 runs at South Wilts.

Tom Morton hit 161 for the title-chasers in their mighty total of 345 for six. Derek Kenway (57) led the response, with Jamie Richards (33) and Alex Styles (25 not out) also contributing, but Burridge succumbed to scoreboard pressure and were all out for 176.

Ventnor made 212 for eight to hang on for a draw in their timed clash at Totton & Eling after the home side hit 283 for three.

Tom Friend continued his recent good form with 51 for the Islanders after Darren Augustus (129 not out) had earlier blasted a century for the Southampton-based opponents.