HAVANT eased into the semi-finals of the Southern Electric t20 Cup after Richard Hindley served up an important spell of spin.
Rob Gibson has struck consecutive half-centuries in his two games since returning to the club for the summer holidays.
And he transferred that form into the shorter format with a 42-ball half-century in his club’s 44-run win over Paultons.
His seven fours and one six in his 52 proved to be a valuable contribution in Havant’s total of 139 all out.
Hindley (18) was the next highest scorer as the innings was ended in the final over at Whitemoor Lane.
Chris Hall (27) and John Robinson (27) then gave division two Paultons a promising 55-run opening partnership and boosted their hopes of a major upset.
But Hindley (three for 20) used his experience and ability to remove the dangerous openers and set the platform for victory.
Ben Walker (two for 14) played his part as Paultons eventually limped to 95 for eight.
Fierce rivals South Wilts also cruised through to the last four after an 88-run success over Liphook & Ripsley.
The quarter-finals continue on Sunday (2pm), with Hampshire Academy hosting Sarisbury Athletic on the Ageas Bowl Nursery Ground.
Bashley (Rydal) entertain St Cross Symondians on July 26 for the final semi-final berth.
Meanwhile, Waterlooville and Ventnor took their places in the t20 Plate competition.
Alex Shephard (62 not out) and Tim Jackson (34 not out) shared an unbroken 104-run partnership as Ville romped home by eight wickets against premier division Alton.
Ventnor put Portsmouth to the sword by nine wickets as Jake George (62 not out) ensured the city club’s 119 for nine was never likely to be enough. The Islanders got home in just 10 overs.