Morgan and Gibson star for Havant

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Chris Morgan returned with a bang while Rob Gibson blasted a second straight century in Havant’s ruthless nine-wicket destruction of Lymington in the Southern Electric Premier League premier division.

Morgan picked up six wickets with his left-arm spin as Havant reduced Lymington to a lowly total of 207 for nine.

Gibson (105 not out) and Pete Hopson (92) then put on a superb stand of 168 for the first wicket as Havant eased to the target inside 42 overs.

The clash looked set to become a high-scoring affair when Lymington’s openers shared a century partnership.

But it soon became the Morgan show.

His 12 overs yielded six for 42 as he impressed on his first appearance of the season for the club, after returning from his studies in Durham.

Havant skipper Richard Hindley said: ‘Morgs bowled as if he’d never been away.

‘We had a good spell after lunch and they didn’t play particularly well so it worked out in our favour.

‘I think 207 was way down on where it should have been – they thought it was a 300 wicket.

‘Morgs bowled really well, though.

‘It was good pressure and a combination of good bowling and not quite managing to play it well enough.’

Gibson has enjoyed a stellar spell with an unbeaten 103 against St Cross last Saturday, 93 in the ECB Cup win over Totton & Eling the next day and now 105 not out.

His 117-ball knock included 15 fours and two sixes and took him to 450 league runs for the season.

Hindley said: ‘Gibbo kept going and played very, very well. He is playing brilliantly at the moment.

‘It’s very rare for us to have someone get consecutive centuries. He is in a rich vein of form and he’s enjoying it.

‘He has always been someone who has been quite thoughtful about what he does and it’s coming together for him.

‘Pete Hopson played beautifully as well.

‘It would have been good for both openers to get a ton but he will have benefited from that anyway.

‘I don’t think he will mind too much about being a few short. It was another good win for us.’