Havant humbled by Lymington

Chris Stone. Picture: Mick Young (122719-14)
Chris Stone. Picture: Mick Young (122719-14)
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HAVANT’S quest for the Southern Electric Premier League title suffered a shocking setback as they were bowled out for just 50 in their crushing nine-wicket defeat at Lymington.

It was their lowest ever premier division total, eclipsing the 62 all out they produced against Portsmouth in 2005.

And it was also the joint sixth lowest total of any innings in the top flight since the records started in 2000.

The title chasers were in all sorts of trouble early in their clash with Lymington bowler Matt Metcalfe running riot.

It appeared to be an early crisis with openers Pete Hopson (six ) and Simon Loat (four) both gone with only 11 runs on the board.

But although Havant have dug themselves out of tough positions so many times in the past, this time the innings lurched towards catastrophe with alarming speed as the wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals.

The departures of Richard Hindley (five), Harry Hovey (nought) and Chris Morgan (nought) left Havant reeling at 23 for five.

And it went from bad to worse when skipper Stuart Ransley (six) and Brad Wheal (nought) also came and went to leave the scoreboard at 37 for seven.

Chris Stone (20) was the only Havant batsman to reach double figures but when he became Metcalfe’s seventh victim, the writing was on the wall.

Jez Bulled (two) and Cam Prentice (five) completed a sorry episode as Havant were dismissed in the 26th over while Metcalfe returned figures of eight for 27.

Unsurprisingly, Lymington wasted little time in reaching their target to secure a thumping victory with only one wicket down.

The New Forest club were home and dry in just 10 overs.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Lee Savident stole the show for Burridge as they picked up a winning draw against leaders South Wilts in their timed clash.

The defending champions reached 276 for eight as Savident collected three for 63, while Dan Stanicliffe (three for 56) also impressed.

Former Hampshire man Savident then hit a fine 83 and William Steward hit 54 as Burridge eventually closed on 240 for seven.

Sarisbury Athletic’s problems continued with a seven-wicket loss to Bashley (Rydal) with debutant Basikl Akram (38) and former skipper Daid Banks (38 not out) the pick of the batsmen.

But it proved to be an easy chase for Bashley.

Bottom club Ventnor’s misery continued with a seven-wicket defeat to Hampshire Academy.