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Havant see off Bridgwater to reach Cockspur Cup semis

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Havant are within one match of a Lord's final in the ECB Cockspur Cup.

They stormed into the semi-finals with a comprehensive 101 run win over Somerset club Bridgwater.

It is the furthest any local club has progressed in the competition since Gosport Borough reached the Lord's final in 1980.

Havant, who had lost three previous quarter-finals in the past 12 years, are rewarded with a home semi-final tie against either Sunbury or Horsham at Havant Park on August 7.

Richard Hindley underpinned Havant's 187 for nine off a rain-trimmed 41 overs with a splendid knock of 82, which included eight boundaries.

He and Havant were prospering while Tom Cledwyn (35) and then Stuart Ransley (23) were at the opposite end. But having reached 137 for three, Havant lost their last five wickets for 27 runs and appeared to have lost control of the game.

However, Bridgwater, who had won their previous 18 fixtures this season, were immediately damaged by the pace of Richard Pineo (2-22) and David Wade.

They lost their first two wickets for just four runs and, apart from when Somerset's Jason Kerr (24) was at the wicket, were on the back foot. The loss at Kerr (at 40 for three), bowled by Pineo, was an enormous setback for the west country side.

The introduction of spin brought immediate rewards for England U15 left-arm spinner Chris Morgan (2-13) and later fellow teenager Stuart Ransley, who wrapped-up the innings with three wickets for just two runs as Bridgwater collapsed to 86 all out.

Havant's fielding was outstanding, with Andy Perry snaring three victims behind the stumps – one an exceptional goalkeeper-like diving catch. Both Paul Gover and Ransley also took brilliant catches just inches off the floor.

All other Cockspur Cup quarter-finals were rained off, and are now scheduled to be played on Sunday, July 31. They are:

Caythorpe v Chester-le-Street
Barnt Green v Widnes
Sunbury v Horsham