National cup defeats for Havant and Dons

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Both Havant and Hambledon saw their hopes of national cup success go up in smoke after defeats yesterday.

The Southern Electric premier division outfit went down by six wickets at Havant Park to Ealing in the ECB Club Championship.

And division one side Hambledon crashed to a 21-run loss on their home turf to Wraysbury in the last 16 of the National Village Knockout Cup.

The Dons will be particularly disappointed to have missed their opportunity after they bowled their Berkshire-based opponents out for a lowly 161.

James Atkinson picked up three wickets and Rupert Hetherington turned in a fine spell without much rewards for his efforts.

But their recent batting frailties let them down once again.

James Scutt (34) was looking in great nick until he was dismissed by a fabulous catch on the boundary.

Wickets then tumbled, before Dom Humphrey (33) shared a profitable partnership with Nick Scutt to give the Ridge Meadow outfit late hope.

He got them into a position where they required 22 runs to win from the final four overs.

But after an impressive knock, he holed out going for a boundary which sealed Hambledon’s demise.

Skipper Dan Hewitt said: ‘It was a real missed opportunity.

‘We’ve shown a lot of heart to get this far in the competition but it was just a real pity we couldn’t do it for our supporters who turned up in their numbers to cheer us on.’

Havant’s quest for ECB Club Championship glory came unstuck at the hands of Ealing in a high-scoring encounter at Havant Park.

After Richard Hindley won the toss and decided to bat, Havant posted 240 for nine from their 45 overs as Rob Gibson (51) and Chris Stone (51) both made half-centuries.

It looked a very decent total.

But Ealing showed their qualities with a fine batting display as three of their top four made fifties, with skipper Mylo Wilkin (66) leading the way.

That saw the Londoners home with three overs to spare.

Havant manager Geoff Owen said: ‘We thought 240 gave us a chance but it looks like 270 would have been more competitive.

‘You have to say they batted extremely well and they are a class side.

‘Unfortunately, they were the better side on the day.

‘The dream is over for another year.’