Hayling and Mariners dodge showers

Hayling bowler Mike Hallett. Picture: Mick Young (121426-03)
Hayling bowler Mike Hallett. Picture: Mick Young (121426-03)
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Mike Hallett helped Hayling Island take a big step towards Hampshire League division two safety with their eight-wicket win over Wellow & Plaitford.

Hayling dodged the rain to pick up a vital 20 points with Hallett displaying his credentials as an all-rounder.

He took three for 24 with the ball – and with his partner in crime Mike Lever (four for 39) limited the visitors to 193 runs.

An hour was then lost to rain, leaving Hayling to chase a reduced target of 133 runs off 25 overs.

‘Considering the conditions, I was a little nervous about our chances,’ said Hayling captain Phil Mist.

‘But once Mike Lever and Gary Martin put on 27 runs for the first wicket I was a little more confident.

‘Mike Hallett has been oozing confidence with his batting this summer and he then came in and batted reallly well again.

‘He was joined by the destructive Duncan Brown, who hit his first two balls for a four and a six respectively.’

Hallett (64 not out) and Brown (26 not out) successfully guided the home side to their target with three overs to spare.

And Mist is now aiming to seal survival.

‘Barring a couple of stinkers in our last two games we should be safe,’ said the skipper.

‘Nothing is certain, though, because we finish with two hard games and have players missing.’

Bedhampton Mariners captain Martin Hovey led from the front with 75 in his side’s seven-wicket success over Cadnam.

Cadnam posted an impressive 238 for six before rain meant Bedhampton had to chase a reduced target of 198 off 33 overs.

The division one programme was completely ravaged by the weather.

The big clash between in-form Gosport Borough and unbeaten league leaders Waterlooville was abandoned after 27 overs with Borough on 80 for four.

Fareham & Crofton remain in relegation trouble after their game against Ventnor II at Bath Lane was abandoned after 15 overs.

There was no play in the game between Midhurst and Purbrook or Shrewton versus Portchester.