Havant’s ECB cup quest is over

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HAVANT’S quest for the ECB National Club Championship is over after defeat at Roffey.

After an encouraging league performance the day before in their win over Burridge that closed the gap on defeated leaders South Wilts, Havant were unable to back it up with another win as they went down by 33 runs to the Horsham-based side.

Roffey hit 242 for seven in a game that was reduced to 44 overs per side with skipper Stuart Ransley (three for 58) picking up important wickets in the middle order.

But Havant’s reply got off to a disastrous start as they were reduced to 39 for five.

Chris Stone (67) and Harry Hovey (28) then breathed life into the team’s hopes with a stand of 92 for the sixth wicket.

But although Ransley (39) added useful runs and got his team to within striking distance, they were eventually bowled out for 209.

Meanwhile, Sarisbury Athletic went down to Hampshire Academy in their Southern Electric t20 Cup quarter-final.

The Academy blasted 191 for five before Sarisbury came up 40 runs short in their reply.

The draw for the semi-finals has seen heavyweights Havant and South Wilts kept apart as Havant host either Bashley (Rydal) or St Cross.

The tie will take place on August 2, while Hampshire Academy entertain South Wilts on July 26.

The final is under the Ageas Bowl floodlights on Tuesday, August 18.

Ventnor host Totton & Eling, while Waterlooville are at home to Bournemouth in the Southern Electric t20 Plate semi-finals on Sunday August 2.