Portsmouth showcase title credentials

131620-07_MY_portsmouth_cricket'Portsmouth v Havant II.'Vickram Dawson gets Simon Loat with his first ball after taking over from Liam Duffield for Portsmouth.'Pic Mick Young'27/07/2013
131620-07_MY_portsmouth_cricket'Portsmouth v Havant II.'Vickram Dawson gets Simon Loat with his first ball after taking over from Liam Duffield for Portsmouth.'Pic Mick Young'27/07/2013
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Portsmouth took a big step towards the Southern Electric Premier League division three title with a seven-wicket win over title rivals Havant.

The St Helen’s side had the visitors, who won the toss, in trouble early on as they reduced them to 88 for four.

Gareth Ransley and Tim Jackson led a recovery with a partnership of 46 before the former was caught off the leg-spin of Rob Jones.

Vikram Dawson (three for 34) and Jed Whitecross (three for 37) were the pick of the Portsmouth bowlers.

Scott Curwood (32) and James Mitchell (63) gave the hosts the ideal start in their reply with an opening partnership of 75.

And Jones (31 not out) and captain Dave Henderson (27 not out) went on to steer Portsmouth to an easy win.

Burridge bounced back from their Southern Electric T20 Cup final defeat in style with a seven-wicket win over Hartley Wintney.

The Burridge bowlers, who had suffered a torrid time against South Wilts on Wednesday night, hit back in devastating fashion.

The Hartley Wintney batsmen had no answer to Nick McMurray (six for 54) and Derek Kenway (three for 33) as they mustered just 139. And title-chasing Burridge eased to a comfortable success despite losing Scott Mills early on.

Opening batsman Shu Chowdhury (39), Derek Kenway (57 not out) and Geoff Dods (33 not out) completed the job.

Kenway hit 11 boundaries in his unbeaten innings.

Sarisbury Athletic’s clash with New Milton was abandoned, with the latter 56 for two chasing 131 to win.

The result left the Allotment Road outfit level at the top with Burridge after David Banks won his appeal against the team’s recent 10-point deduction.

The Athletic skipper, who was cited for committing acts of dissent and showing a lack of respect to the umpires in a clash with Liphook & Ripsley earlier this month, had his own five-match ban reduced to four – with two games suspended.

Elsewhere, Havant maintained their slim hopes of overhauling South Wilts at the top of division one with a six-wicket win at Alton.

Richard Hindley took four for 30 as Alton were bowled out for 109.

Pete Hopson (24) and Chris Morgan (22) made no mistake to lead the visitors to an easy win.