Havant veteran sends Portsmouth spinning

Phil Loat. Picture: Mick Young (141556-01)
Phil Loat. Picture: Mick Young (141556-01)
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Phil Loat showed there is no immediate end to his long and distinguished cricketing career with yet another five-wicket haul.

The veteran Havant II slow left-armer picked up five for 35 – the 15th five-wicket haul of his Southern Electric Premier League career – as his side claimed a surprise 66-run success over high-flying neighbours Portsmouth in division two.

Loat, who now has a staggering 363 league wickets to his name, is fourth in the list of leading wicket-takers since the start of the league in 2000.

And he turned on the style again claiming two lbw decisions and one caught-and-bowled among his latest clutch of victims.

Andy Galliers (40) and Pete Hayward (31) helped Havant II to 189 for eight as Reuben McArdle (three for 37) was the pick of the Portsmouth bowlers.

But promotion-chasing Portsmouth did not account for the wily Loat as they were bowled out for 123 inside 32 overs – a result which suggests second-bottom Havant II will not be fighting relegation as the season unfolds.

While several games were abandoned in the region, Hambledon’s division one showdown with Liphook & Ripsley beat the weather.

But the Dons were on the wrong end of a 52-run defeat in a rain-affected battle.

Liphook made 278 for five with Suman Ganguly (74 not out) adding late gloss.

Hambledon were then set a reduced target of 224 off just 31 overs.

Dom Humphrey (33) and Joe Collings-Wells (30) both made starts but as the asking rate rose steeply the Ridge Meadow outfit crumbled.

Charles Janczur (seven for 36) profited most as they were bowled out in the final over for 172.

Portsmouth & Southsea claimed a third straight win in division three to boost their survival hopes.

Ollie Perrin took five for 42 bottom club Trojans were dismissed for 164.

Tom Benfield (57 not out) then rescued the game for his side, who were 98 for six at one stage, and overhauled the revised victory target of 158 with four overs to spare.

The weather saw games involving Burridge, Ventnor, Sarisbury and Waterlooville all abandoned.