‘Perfect performance’ sees Ventnor sink Havant

Adam Wilson starred with the ball against Havant. Picture: Malcolm Wells (112876-6905)
Adam Wilson starred with the ball against Havant. Picture: Malcolm Wells (112876-6905)
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Ventnor continued their emergence as premier division title contenders with a seven-wicket win at Havant in the first timed game of the summer.

Ian Hilsum’s side showed no signs of the struggles they have experienced with the mid-season format in the past.

The visitors made home captain Richard Hindley regret his decision to bat first – as they soon had them in big trouble.

Adam Wilson (four for 29) and Mark Holmes (three for 38) blitzed Havant’s top order to leave the hosts in tatters at 28 for five.

‘It was very much the perfect performance,’ said Ventnor captain Hilsum.

‘We bowled well right from the start on a wicket that was a bit tricky but didn’t hold any real demons.

‘Our strike bowlers were just accurate and moved the ball about a bit.

‘We are a young side and enjoying life at the moment.’

Hindley (17) and Jez Bulled (53) restored some sort of order in the home ranks, while Joe Slade (22) plundered some late runs.

But Havant’s final total of 143 never looked like being enough.

Hopes were raised briefly when Ventnor opener Ollie Mills was dismissed with only eight runs on the board.

But those hopes were soon dashed as teenagers James Cheek (52) and Aussie Travis Head (77) easily saw Ventnor to their fifth win in six games.

For Havant it was a second consecutive defeat, leaving skipper Hindley searching for some consistency.

‘We are a little bit up and down at the moment,’ he said.

‘The introduction of some good overseas players has seen standards go up this year.

‘But we are having fun bringing along some good homegrown youngsters.’

Elsewhere, former Portsmouth Grammar School student Jake George helped Hampshire Academy to a draw against Alton.

He struck 84, while keeper-batsman Lewis McManus notched 115 as they shared 155 for the first wicket.

The Academy declared on 277 for four before Brad Taylor (three for 37) and Mason Crane (three for 38) soon had Alton in trouble.

But they could not finish off their rivals, who closed on 144 for eight.