Hammond inflicts a ton of damage on Hambledon

Steve Matthews bowls for Havant II against Totton
Steve Matthews bowls for Havant II against Totton
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Hambledon gave title-hopefuls Sarisbury a real scare before going down by four wickets at The Hollow.

The Dons were in desperate trouble at 29 for six and 79 for eight.

But they battled back in the Southern Electric Premier League division two encounter.

James Atkinson (58) and Will Mann (35) put on a record-breaking partnership to lead the visitors to a gritty 189.

The duo’s 105-run stand proved the highest ninth-wicket partnership in division two history.

Dan Goldstraw (three for 11) and skipper David Banks (three for 30) did most of the damage with the ball.

Sarisbury, however, were in disarray themselves as Dan Hewitt (three for 16) helped reduce the hosts to 44 for six.

But Pete Hammond, with a brilliant unbeaten 103, and Jack Lovett (33 not out) put on an unbroken stand of 147 – the second highest ever for the seventh wicket in division two – to see Sarisbury home by four wickets.

Defending champions Havant continued their resurgence with a second straight win in the premier division.

They sealed a routine five-wicket victory over Bashley (Rydal).

Ben Walker (four for 32) helped restrict the New Forest outfit to 194 for nine from their 50 overs.

Pete Hopson (57) and Stuart Ransley (44) ensured there would be no major problems with the run-chase.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Ventnor’s batting frailties reared their head as they struggled again.

They went down to a four-wicket loss to Lymington.

Ian Hilsum’s side reached only 167 for nine from their 50 overs with Neil Westhorpe (42) top-scoring for the Islanders.

And despite three for 27 from Jamie Miller, Lymington eased home.

In division three, Gosport Borough went down to another nail-biting loss.

They fell by just two runs to Liphook & Ripsley at Privett Park.

Simon Creal must have been delighted with his side’s efforts in the field.

They bowled out the visitors for just 145, inside 40 overs, as Tom Larner (three for 20), Richie Edwards (three for 21) and Ben Erridge (three for 52) all chipped in with wickets.

But with Borough needing someone to stick around, wickets tumbled as they found themselves at 73 for six.

Veteran Pete Robson (31) could not quite guide the side home.

United Services claimed a five-wicket win over Calmore Sports.

Dominic (81) and Damian (71) Carson enjoyed a 111-run partnership to help US reach their target of 234.

Decent bowling spells from Steve Matthews (three for 27) and Joe Slade (three for 37) did not help Havant II to success in their division three clash with Totton & Eling II as they went down by just six runs.

Stand-in skipper Phil Loat (24) almost performed a heroic rescue act after Gareth Ransley (46) had set things up – but it wasn’t enough.

Portsmouth posted 252 as they picked up their second win on the bounce – a 22-run success at Sparsholt.