All set for last-day decider

Havant celebrate after Josh McCoy, centre, takes a wicket against Lymington. Picture: Mick Young 141577-03
Havant celebrate after Josh McCoy, centre, takes a wicket against Lymington. Picture: Mick Young 141577-03
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The Southern Electric Premier League is set for its most exciting finish in years as Havant and South Wilts will play a winner-takes-all decider on the final day.

Both clubs earned convincing victories in the penultimate round of fixtures, which sets it up perfectly for the showdown at the County Ground next week.

Steve Matthews (three for 16) and Richard Hindley (three for 19) saw Lymington bowled out for just 159 in ther final over of their innings.

Havant made light work of the chase as Ben Walker (47), Chris Morgan (44) and Rob Gibson (39) got them home with more than 15 overs to spare.

Burridge could have boosted their own surival hopes and done Havant a favour, had they been able to stop South Wilts.

And Rick Ankers’ side were in command when they had the title-chasers at 171 for eight but Tom Morton (111) got his side to 265 for nine.

Burridge’s Derek Kenway hit a fine century (126) but got little support in the total of 204 as South Wilts sealed a 61-run win.

Elsewhere in the premier division, Ventnor gave Burridge a helping hand as they beat bottom club Totton & Eling by two wickets.

The Islanders looked in total control when they restricted Totton to 189 for eight with Mark Holmes (three for five) impressing.

James Cheek (39 not out) then finished the job.

In division two, Havant II face a nervy final weekend in their quest to beat the drop after they were humbled by nine wickets in their clash with OTs & Romsey.

Steve Dean (58) and Phil Loat (33) were the mainstays of the Havant innings that stumbled to 158 but OTs eased home.

Elsewhere in division two, Portsmouth cruised to a six-wicket win over Paultons as Jack Marston made a fine 84 not out.

In division three, Portsmouth & Southsea could yet complete a remarkable escape from relegation after a four-wicket win over Alton II.

Matt Benfield took three wickets for just nine runs and then hit 41 with the bat as the chased down Alton’s 145.

Waterlooville tumbled to a five-wicket loss to Tichborne Park as their 219 for eight was not enough to defend.