Ben Walker shines with the ball for Havant against Alton

Ben Walker. Picture: Mick Young
Ben Walker. Picture: Mick Young
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Havant warmed up for their summit meeting against Southern Electric premier division leaders South Wilts on Saturday with an easy eight-wicket win over Alton.

Seam bowler Ben Walker (six for 24) proved the main destroyer as the visitors were skittled out for just 150 runs at Havant Park.

Walker removed the top three Alton batsmen, along with danger man Mark Heffernan, before returning later to mop up the tail with two more wickets.

Home captain Pete Hopson was suitably impressed by Walker’s outstanding performance.

‘It was one of the best spells of seam bowling seen at Havant Park for a long time,’ said Hopson.

‘The downpours on Friday left the wicket wet and he was always going to be effective in those conditions.

‘But it was still a fantastic piece of bowling as he consistently put the ball in the right areas.’

Pete Hopson (54 not out), Robert Gibson (41) and Andrew Gorvin (37 not out) guided Havant to the target.

‘Sometimes chasing a small total can be difficult and though we lost a couple of wickets we went on to win easily,’ said Hopson.

‘It is good to put another 25 points on the board and hopefully we can go up to South Wilts and get another win.’

Ben Duggan, 17, notched his fourth century of the summer for Hampshire Academy in their 72-run win over Burridge.

Isle of Wight-based Duggan (125) and Tom Alsop (79) put on 197 runs for the second wicket as the home side posted 315 for two.

In reply, the visitors were bowled out for 243 runs with Dan Hewitt (33), Iain Hardcastle (33) and Geoff Dods (32) top scoring, while Ryan Murray took five wickets for the Academy.

Hampshire Academy manager Bobby Parks praised Duggan’s ability to go on and make big scorers after getting himself set.

He said: ‘Ben has been playing well in what is a big first year with the Academy.

‘He is moving his game on and has learned how to build on good starts to get some big scores.’