Clubs in late division three surge

Craig Stares took three wickets for Gosport Borough. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150826-11)
Craig Stares took three wickets for Gosport Borough. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150826-11)
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Gosport Borough and Havant II are both making a late run on the rails in Southern Electric Premier League divison three.

The clubs both returned convincing victories as they moved into third and fourth place respectively in the table.

But Waterlooville’s capitulation continued as another awful batting display condemned them to a fourth defeat in five matches.

The Rowlands Avenue club led the table for much of the season but have now slipped down to fifth spot and look decidedly unlikely to turn things around in the final two fixtures.

Borough registered a comprehensive six-wicket success over Basingstoke & North Hants II.

Craig Stares (three for 30) and Matt Johnson (three for 47) were in the wickets as Basingstoke were bowled out for 178.

Borough’s Blake Maher (60) and Simon Creal (43) did most of the work as the Privett Park club eased home with 13 overs left.

Havant II have been in tremendous form of late and they extended their run with a 234-run thumping of Alton II.

James Christian hit an outstanding 156 with 23 fours and three sixes as Havant blasted 338 for nine.

Bobby Dyer, who had struck 58 with the bat, then picked up extraordinary bowling figures of five wickets for three runs from just four overs as Alton were bowled out for just 104.

Waterlooville’s dismal form saw them skittled for 105 in reply to South Wilts II’s 240 for seven.

In the premier division, Ventnor appear to be within touching distance of safety as their late resurgence continued with six-wicket win over relegation rivals Alton.

It was a third win on the bounce for the Islanders, with Tom Friend (four for 32) starring with the ball in Alton’s 180 for nine.

Havant proved too strong for bottom club Sarisbury Athletic as they claimed a four-wicket victory.

Sarisbury posted 220 for seven with Pete Hammond (48) top-scoring but Pete Hopson (73) and Chris Stone (59) guided Havant home.