Hayling batsman Mike Hallett hits 12th Hampshire League century in victory over Portsmouth 4ths

Mike Hallett struck his 12th Hampshire League century as Hayling Island maintained their Division 6 South East promotion challenge.

Wednesday, 21st July 2021, 11:45 am
Mike Hallett hit his 12th Hampshire League century for Hayling Island. Picture: Mick Young

Hallett has been a consistent scorer for the islanders for more than a decade - compiling four league hundreds in 2017 and two more in 2018.

At the weekend he hit an undefeated 109 as Hayling’s 2nds defeated Portsmouth 4ths to remain in the second promotion place behind 100 per cent table-toppers Kerala 3rds.

Hallett struck nine fours and a six in his 86-ball innings, sharing stands of 56 for the fourth wicket with Neil Wellington (11) and an unbroken 71 for the sixth with Jack Shore (28 not out) as Hayling posted 192-5.

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Chris Hayward (8-4-12-3) then removed Portsmouth openers Oscar Davis (0) and William Lunn (1).

Jordan Howard (22) and Ed Holmes (20) put on 42 for the third wicket, but 50-2 quickly became 59-6.

Alex Higson (25) and Richard Marston (18 not out) eventually took Portsmouth’s reply into triple figures, but they closed on 106-7 from their 40 overs.

James Swan returned 2-12 off six overs while Roland Barnard only conceded 16 runs in his eight overs.

Dean Rockett gave third-placed Waterlooville 3rds lift off in a one-sided Hampshire League game that was finished in under 16 overs.

Rockett tore through the Sarisbury 5ths order as the hosts were skittled for 27 in 11.4 overs.

He finished with the amazing figures of 5.4-0-9-7 with Charlie Ellis - the only other bowler used - bagging 3-16.

Sarisbury had been staring down the barrel of total humiliation at 11-7, but No 9 D Byles (11) - the only batsman in double figures) - shared stands of eight for the eighth and ninth wickets.

Ellis sent down three wides, which was more than eight Sarisbury batsmen managed to score.

Ville openers D Gault (19 not out) and Dan Broome (9 not out) required just four overs to knock off the required runs for a very early finish.

Portsmouth Community, who started the season with six straight wins, have now suffered back-to-back defeats.

They suffered a three-wicket loss to Bedhampton Mariners after being bowled out for 113 at Cockleshell Gardens.

Captain John Creamer (35) and Jamie Nottage (27) top scored against Spencer Hovey (3-19) and Sean Swift (2-24).

Bedhampton lost skipper Josh McQuade (8) and fellow opener Paul O’Leary (9) cheaply, but Chris Berry (32 not out) and Sanj Patnaik (27) helped them triumph in the 39th over.

Jack Whiteaway (2-30) was Community’s leading wicket-taker, but there were tidy eight-over spells from Creamer (1-12), Nottage (1-18) and Den Housley (0-20).

Emsworth 3rds are propping up the table after a day to forget against Fareham & Crofton 4ths.

First, they conceded a staggering 64 extras - including 44 wides and 13 no balls - as Fareham posted 209-7 after winning the toss.

Then four of their top five scored just one run between them en route to being routed for just 80 to crash to a 129-run defeat at Hollybank.

Danny Baxter (34) and Matt Fitsell (33) top scored with the bat during the Fareham innings, with George Falcon-Paterson (1-37) sending down 12 wides in his eight-over stint.

Harry Falcon-Paterson took the most punishment - his eight overs costing 65 runs (seven wides).

Jason Manning then bagged 5-10 in five overs as Emsworth, having reached 24-0, collapsed to 37-6.

Opener Jez Webber (19) and Patrick Dyke (17) top scored with the bat - extras (21) was again the highest overall score - as Emsworth’s misery ended off the first ball of the 25th over.