Ruthless Havant crush Sarisbury

Havant all-rounder Chris Morgan. Picture: Mick Young
Havant all-rounder Chris Morgan. Picture: Mick Young
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Pete Hopson believes Havant are closing in on their best form after they destroyed Sarisbury Athletic by 153 runs in their Southern Electric premier division clash.

Havant posted 248 for seven in 64 overs of their timed game with Chris Morgan (70) and Stuart Ransley (53) making an important 87-run partnership.

But after they were bowled out for 102 in last week’s defeat to South Wilts, Sarisbury’s batting collapsed in a heap once again as they failed to reach three figures and were dismissed for just 95.

The result saw Havant stay well in touch with leaders South Wilts, while Athletic will be starting to look over the shoulders – especially if their batting continues to misfire.

The Havant player-coach, however, believes his team are clicking into gear at the right time.

Hopson said: ‘We’ve got a lot of people in and around form.

‘We’ve got batters making runs and bowlers hitting better areas.

‘Even though the fielding could still be better, it is a lot better than it was four weeks ago.

‘We’ve got sharper and we are going okay.

‘We’ve lost two games but we are only 10 points behind South Wilts.

‘But if we keep that margin all the way and then win against them, it doesn’t really matter that we’ve lost two games.

‘We have to keep doing what we are doing and keep picking up points.’

Batting first on a pitch that offered some assistance to the bowlers all day, Havant made a bright start with a 52-run opening stand between Hopson (31) and Ben Walker (19).

But Sarisbury’s Dan Goldstraw (three for 62) then came to the fore as Havant were reduced to 77 for four.

Morgan and Ransley picked things up, while Cam Prentice made a bright 25 not out down the order to boost the total.

In reply, the Havant seamers did the early damage with Brad Wheal (two for 26), Walker (two for 19) and Prentice (two for 18) leaving Sarisbury in all sorts of trouble at 43 for six.

Mark Miller (23) and Keiran Geyle (21) chipped in down the order but Richard Hindley (three for three) mopped up the tail to complete a convincing victory.

Hopson said: ‘It was a good performance and probably our best session of the season.

‘We bowled and fielded brilliantly for about an hour and 20 minutes to get them six down at tea.

‘Then it was just a case of finishing it off after that, which we achieved quite easily.

‘The pitch offered a bit for the bowlers all day.

‘Ben and Cam bowled particularly well, we took some good catches and it was a really good win.

‘The seamers did all the hard work and then Rich came on at the end and got all the wickets.’