Havant batsmen do the honours

Havant batsman Pete Hopson. Picture: Mick Young
Havant batsman Pete Hopson. Picture: Mick Young
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Havant maintained their 100-per-cent start to the Southern Electric premier division as they battered old foes Totton & Eling, while the seconds also impressed.

Jez Ord (three for 22) and Steve Matthews (three for 46) led the bowling as Totton managed just 165 for nine.

But Havant openers Pete Hopson (88 not out) and Ben Walker (61 not out) saw them romp to a 10-wicket win.

Not to be outdone, Gareth Ransley hit a classy 104 not out in a 207-run unbroken stand with Andy Galliers (90 not out) to fire Havant II to a division two success over Totton & Eling II.

It took Havant to 226 for two to win by eight wickets.

Burridge suffered a five-wicket loss at Lymington in their top-flight return.

Jamie Richards (54) hit a debut half-century but they were bowled out for just 160.

Greg Thew (two for 27) reduced Lymington to 50 for five before they recovered.

Tom Friend hit 102 for Ventnor but they went down to defeat by 11 runs in a high-scoring premier division clash at St Cross.

St Cross posted an imposing 277 for six but although Friend excelled, the home side claimed the win.

In division one, Ian Turner’s masterful bowling performance set up a five-wicket victory for Hambledon over Hook & Newnham.

The Dons skipper claimed five wickets for just five runs as he put the brakes on Hook’s fast start.

Nono Pongolo (three for 40) grabbed his first wickets for the club as the visitors were bowled out for 173.

Pongolo (53 not out) then provided good support to James Marshall (57) in a 107-run partnership.

In the same division, Sarisbury Athletic earned a five-wicket win over Andover as Kieran Geyle (three for 26) helped keep their rivals down to 187 all out. Skipper David Banks then top-scored with 46 in reply.

In division two, Portsmouth collected a four-wicket win at Sparsholt as a trio of bowlers delivered.

Pat Burns (four for 30), Ishafaque Ahmad (three for 20) and Farshan Jemildar (three for 30) saw Sparsholt dismissed for just 127.

Portsmouth made a meal of the run-chase at 68 for five but 18-year-old Alex Hammond (33 not out) steered them home.