Sarisbury Athletic recorded a dramatic one-wicket win against OTs & Romsey in Southern Electric Premier League division two.
Chasing a target of 134, David Banks’ side found themselves 21 runs short with only one wicket remaining.
Matt Journeaux (74 not out) was going well but number 11 Phil Jewell walked to the wicket without a run to his name so far this season.
Jewell defied the odds, though, to not only stay with Journeaux but hit the winning runs with a terrific straight drive.
‘All the time Matt was out there we knew we still had a chance,’ said Banks.
‘Phil did really well and that should increase his confidence with the bat.’
Earlier, Banks took three for 33 as OTs were bowled out for 134.
‘Sometimes it isn’t easy chasing low scores because you tend to go into a negative mode,’ said Banks.
‘This is an important win and if we can put a run together there is no reason why we can’t remain in contention.’
Hambledon beat bottom club Paultons by five wickets.
Dons captain Dan Hewitt took four for 16 as the visitors were skittled out for 86.
It looked bleak for the hosts in reply, though.
After failing to chase down 123 the weekend before, they quickly slumped to 10 for three.
However, Rob Atkins (32) and Hewitt (23) ensured victory this time around.
Captain Richard Hindley came to Havant’s rescue as they edged to a three-wicket win at Lymington.
The visitors were in deep trouble at 85 for five – chasing 216 – before the experienced Hindley (55 not out) got them out of the mire. Earlier, Hindley (three for 44) and Jez Ord (four for 54) were the pick of the Havant bowlers.
In division three, Gosport Borough continue to struggle after going down again in a close battle – this time to Sparsholt.
Borough were bowled out for 150 with only Richard Partington (73) showing any defiance.
Tom Larner almost saved Borough as he took five for 37 but once again Simon Creal’s team just missed out.
Youngster Rob Jones (61) showed good form but Portsmouth lost by four wickets at Totton & Eling.
A 115-run fourth wicket partnership between Simon Loat (46) and Jake Woolfenden (55) proved vital as Havant II thumped Trojans by 11-runs.
Pete Hayward (four for 16) and Ben Walker (three for 17) polished the visitors off.