Havant suffered ECB Kingfisher Cup heartache as they lost their semi-final against Essex outfit Wanstead & Snaresbrook by six wickets at Havant Park.
Stand-in skipper Jez Bulled admitted the better side won.
‘We were about 40 runs short,’ said Bulled.
‘Though we put a good stint in with our bowling and fielding it wasn’t quite good enough. We did make them battle for their win.’
Peter Hopson (54) anchored the Havant innings but their total of 156 was always going to be difficult to defend.
Ventnor took a big step towards securing their premier-division status with a seven-wicket win over Hampshire Academy.
It proved a close-run thing as Ventnor almost found themselves stranded by the weather.
Set a reduced target of 102 off 31 overs the home side got within touching distance when rain forced the teams off.
It wasn’t until 7.50pm that Ventnor were able to return and secure the winning runs.
Adam Hose (43 not out) and Oliver Mills (23) got the Islanders over the finish line.
In division two, Burridge grabbed the bragging rights over Hambledon with a convincing 112-run success over Hambledon.
Opening bat Matt Godwin (70), anchored the Burridge innings with Paul Ancell (39 not out) plundering valuable runs in the middle order.
Hambledon’s attempt to reach their target of 178 proved a disaster as they were skittled out for just 66 runs.
Derek Kenway proved the scourge of Hambledon grabbing six wickets for 21 runs, 10 of which were wides, in his 10 overs.
Sarisbury Athletic’s promotion bid will go to their final game after their game at Hartley Wintney was washed out.
‘We need to win at OTs and Romsey next week to take the title,’ said Sarisbury captain Dave Banks.
‘Our hosts need to win to stay up so it is a big game for both clubs.’
In division three, Andrew Gorvin (21 not out) and Timothy Jackson (31 not out) rescued Havant II as they beat Gosport Borough in a low- scoring affair.
Graham Burns took three wickets for 12 runs as Borough were bowled out for a meagre 99 run total.
Richard Edwards (three for 22) and Mark Oxford (two for 15) had the home side in trouble but Havant eventually got home.