Gibson leads the charge for Havant

Havant's Rob Gibson
Havant's Rob Gibson
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Rob Gibson turned in a match-winning display as Havant laid down a marker in attempting to regain their Southern Electric Premier League title with victory at defending champions South Wilts.

The talented youngster, who is on the books at Hampshire, took four wickets for 21 as South Wilts were bowled out for 170.

Jez Ord (three for 30) provided some useful support.

Gibson then backed it up with the bat, blasting 72 in a fruitful partnership with Pete Hopson (50).

Those efforts set the platform for a three-wicket success.

Skipper Richard Hindley played down the significance of the result but he did admit his team found it tough going to close out the win.

He said: ‘It ended up harder than it should have been.

‘Sometimes you get into a little rut and when you get into it, it’s difficult to get out of it.

‘But we managed to get over the line, which was handy.

‘He (Gibson) bowled beautifully, he’s a good fielder and he batted well.

‘He’s a good young player and, along with Pete Hopson, got us into a really good position.’

The win took Havant to second in the table with Bashley (Rydal) leading the pack after their win over Hampshire Academy.

Meanwhile, Ventnor continued their positive start to the new premier division campaign after edging past Lymington in a tight tussle for a one-wicket win.

Ian Hilsum’s side looked in total command as they were chasing 176 for victory.

Adam Wilson (two for 18), Ollie Mills (two for 22) and Hugh Calloway (two for 30) restricted Lymington to 175 for seven from their 50 overs.

Chris Ridley (57) and James Cheek (42) got Ventnor to 126 for three.

But the Islanders suffered a huge collapse, losing six wickets for 36 runs and still needed 14 to win with their last-wicket pair.

With Lymington sensing an unlikely victory, Mark Holmes (12 not out) and Rob Snell (one not out) had other ideas as they dragged Ventnor over the line with one ball to spare in a pulsating finish to a thrilling game.