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Bournemouth struggle with form and Ord

Bournemouth suffered a second consecutive ECB Southern Electric Premier League defeat when 2011 champions Havant dodged the showers to beat them by seven wickets at The Park.

The visitors plunged from 27 for one to 71 for seven against seam duo Jez Ord (4-23) and Ben Walker (2-11), while left-arm spinner Steve Matthews (2-40) claimed the important scalp of Australian Alex Keath (21).

Teenager Curtis Watton, with a defiant 35 not out, at least gave Bournemouth’s eventual 123 all out an air of respectability.

It wasn’t that plan sailing for Havant, who slipped to 18 for three before Steve Dean’s 65 not out, aided by Walker’s 26, eased them home without further loss.

Cameron Grierson cracked a maiden competitive century as Lymington celebrated back-to-back victories with a 101-run win over Hampshire’s young Academy side on the Ageas Bowl’s Nursery Ground.

Grierson hit a career-best 112 as Lymington, boosted by half-centuries by Glen Treagus and the swashbuckling Darren Cowley, ran up a formidable 294 for six in 50 overs.

The Young Royals, set a demanding 264 to win in a weather trimmed 40 overs, managed 162 for eight in reply. Michael Porter (37) and Lewis McManus (27), two ‘sixth-formers’ but still 'senior players’ in the Academy ranks, batted well and took the Young Royals reply to 115 for two.

New Zealander Billy Walsh cracked an unbeaten 91 to lay the foundations for a narrow seven-run win for St Cross Symondians, who held off a determined Ventnor challenge to claim a second consecutive victory.

Playing a perfect anchor role, the Kiwi batsman shared a century-plus third-wicket partnership with Hampshire’s Adam Rouse to push St Cross to 250 for five – a target Ventnor chased hard, but found an eventual asking rate of nine runs an over beyond them, closing at 243 for seven.

St Cross lost makeshift openers Jordan Finney and Tom Foyle cheaply, but Walsh worked the ball into the gaps and with the fluent Rouse (72) alongside added 145 for the third wicket.

Walsh, who hails from Canterbury and has come to St Cross under the Mark Parker Scholarship scheme, went on to make seven fours in his 91 which, with the support of Darren Rouse (22), put the visitors in the driving seat.

Ventnor, who chased down 251 to win off the penultimate ball at Totton & Eling a week earlier, gave it a good crack.

James Cheek (62) and South Australia’s Travis Head (44) took their reply to 114 for one when immediately after the drinks break, Worcestershire prospect Jordan Finney had the Ageas Bowl International Academy batsman caught by toe-ending a pull shot to former Hampshire cricketer John Francis.

Ventnor slipped to 146 for four, but were again lifted by Ian Hilsum (46) and Neil Westhorpe (25), who took the total to 200 for five.

Former Hampshire cricketer John Francis (3-59) and Richard Logan (2-43) took timely wickets to check Ventnor’s run rate and cause the visitors to slip behind the rate and finish a creditable 243 for seven.

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