Hayling bowler’s devastating spell – and Fareham’s 4th XI beat their own 3rd XI in the Hampshire District League!
Jason Longhurst produced a devastating spell as Hayling Island 2nds hammered Gosport Borough 4ths in the Hampshire District Leagues.
He dismissed both openers Peter Taylor (4) and Andy Wellen (0) en route to figures of 7-4-8-3 in the Regional League N encounter.
New ball partner Roland Barnard was even more economical, sending down five maidens in his six-over spell and taking 1-1.
James Lever was the sixth bowler used and he instantly bagged 3-6 off five overs as Gosport were skittled for 53 in 30.3 overs.
The only two players to hit double figures were Phil Royle (18) and captain Stuart Bogg (10).
Lever was 24 not out as Hayling won by nine wickets, hitting the winning runs off the first ball of the 11th over - leaving 29 unused.
Joe Barber was the only batsman out, caught by Bogg off the bowling of Wellen.
It was Gosport’s third successive league defeat.
Fareham & Crofton 4ths defeated their 3rd XI in a high-scoring game at Bath Lane.
Ben Thomas struck his maiden century as the 4ths posted 277-7 - a total boosted by 49 extras including 32 wides.
In reply, the 3rds fell 33 runs short on 244-8 to give the table-topping 4ths their third consecutive victory.
Thomas, who opened, hit 105 and added 97 for the fourth wicket with Sam Lindsay (62 not out).
Andrew Martin (4-46) was easily the 3rd XI’s best bowler.
After opener Ryan Fitsell hit 53, the 3rds were well in contention at 185-3. But skipper Peter Briggs (40) was stumped by Alex Thomas off the bowling of Will Atkinson.
Will Raymond was 57 not out at the time and he went on to top score with 84 before he was run out.
The 4ths used eight bowlers but opening bowler Martin Greenwood (3-44) was the most successful.
Gary Kitchin picked up four cheap wickets as Gosport Borough 3rds thrashed Portsmouth & Southsea 4ths by 10 wickets.
Kitchin bagged 4-13 off 6.5 overs at Langstone Sports Ground as P & S were routed for 87 off 29.5 overs.
He dismissed top order pair Tom Wheeler and Denil Denipitiya - who both scored four - as only three P & S batsmen reached double figures.
Top scorer was captain Matt Wheeler, who made 16 before he was dismissed by Paul Gillen (2-21 off eight overs).
Gerry Archer, the sixth and final bowler used, picked up 3-18 off eight tight overs.
Archer completed a fine all-round performance by opening the innings with Russell Weller and knocking off the runs in only 14.2 overs.
Archer ended on 37 not out and Weller on 41 not out.