Frustrated Hayling Island fall short of finish line

Pete Hammond, right, hit out for Sarisbury
Pete Hammond, right, hit out for Sarisbury
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Hayling Island suffered Hampshire League division one heartache as they slipped to an agonising one-wicket defeat against OT’s & Romsey II.

The visitors still needed 20 runs to win when their ninth wicket fell but the Island outfit could not dislodge their final pair.

Home captain Mike Lever was convinced his team should have had the win.

‘It is a pretty tough one to take,’ said Lever.

‘We had a couple of good lbw shouts turned down which was disappointing.

‘One even hit the back pad and went on to off-stump but the bails didn’t come off.

‘I can’t fault the lads because they gave it everything but we just couldn’t get over the finishing line.’

Lever hit 46 and Mike Hallett fired 25 as Hayling set a 195-run target.

In reply, Andy Shayegan ripped through the middle order with a four-wicket haul but it wasn’t enough.

Sarisbury Athletic II pair Sam Floyd and Pete Hammond blitzed Burridge II as the home side stormed to a massive 289-run win.

Floyd smashed six sixes and 16 fours as he raced to 152 in just 120 balls, while Hammond’s 92 came in only 54 balls in a partnership of 190 runs.

James Ingram added to the Burridge woes by taking a hat-trick in a spell which saw him take five wickets for 25 runs with the visitors crashing to 107 all out.

Portchester gave unbeaten league-leaders Fair Oak a scare before slipping to a five-wicket defeat.

Batting first the home side set a target of 189 with Hayden Sole, who hit 40, and Blake Barnwell, who added 45, the pick of the batsmen.

Paul Hungerford’s side reduced the visitors to 86 for five after 26 overs but could not finish them off.

‘Fair Oak are not top of the league for nothing and us being short of a bowler showed in the end,’ said Hungerford.

In division two, Bishop’s Waltham lost to Longparish.

The visitors reached 212 for six and Waltham fell one run short in reply with one wicket remaining. Alex Wakeley hit 64.