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Carberry warms up with 82 for Havant

Michael Carberry’s build up to first class cricket continued in positive mode with an undefeated 82 in Havant’s nine-wicket ECB Southern Electric Premier League victory over the county’s Academy side.

It was only the Hampshire left-hander’s second innings since a long illness lay off -caused by a blood clot on the lung - sidelined him for months. Carberry made 42 on his Rose Bowl Nursery Ground return in the Second XI Championship victory over Kent II last week.

And he made a run-a-ball 82 not out for Havant – an innings which included 14 boundaries and had a double positive ensuring Carberry spent more vital time at the crease and boosting Havant’s prospects of winning the Premier Division title.

His presence in Havant’s colours certainly got the thumbs-up from 22-year old Southampton University student Pete Hopson, with whom Carberry opened the batting.

The pair were charged with chasing down the Academy’s 186 – a challenge they achieved with flying colours in just 27.2 overs. Carberry and Hopson put on 107 in quick time – the Hampshire and England left-hander finding himself out-scored!

Hopson, who is having a superb season for the SPL leaders, cracked 70 of the 107 – but was full of praise for his team-mate.

“Michael helped me enormously out in the middle, providing me with tips on how to play certain types of bowling and generally giving me massive encouragement,” Hopson said.

Hopson eventually perished – caught behind by 16-year old Lewis McManus off Jack Wood – butCarberry saw the run chase through, finishing with 82 not out. Hindley knows that Carberry’s presence was probably a one-off, but couldn’t have spoken more highly of his Havant Park appearance.

“His presence in the dressing room rubbed off on everyone. Michael was so professional in everything he did and it clearly lifted what is already a pretty happy changing room. I’d like to think that him playing for us will play a small part in re-establishing Michael Carberry back in the Hampshire side, where we want to see him doing well,” Hindley said.

The nine-wicket win – Havant’s fifth straight success in the all-day Time format – has given the leaders a nine-point lead at the top.

Hindley (4-48) and medium-pace all-rounder Ben Walker (3-17) combined to have the Academy seven wickets down at lunch. Will Marriott (40), Tim Ravenscroft (36) and Jake George (20) all made starts, but it was largely thanks to Chris Stone (43) that the Academy reached 186 all out.

It was all pretty academic after that, Carberry’s 107-run start with Hopson effectively settling affair before Stuart Ransley came to the crease to make 32 not out and get Havant across the line.

Matt Metcalfe and teenager Michael Porter led the way as Bournemouth moved back into second place in the ECB Southern Electric Premier League with a crushing nine wicket win over Bashley (Rydal).

Metcalfe ripped the heart out of an increasingly brittle Bashley batting line up with figures of 5-50 and then stepped aside to allow the 16-year old Porter to take centre stage and underpin Bournemouth’s victory chase with a mature 75 not out.Andy Sexton cracked a four and a six off the first two balls he received and was then clean bowled by Metcalfe.

Shaun Lilley (20) and Jamie Miller (33) appeared at ease as Bash moved to 66 for one, but the Hampshire leg-spin prospect’s departure - he clipped Metcalfe into the waiting hands of square-leg – triggered a match defining collapse where six wickets fell for 13 runs.

Richard Morris (51) stood apart from the melee and, after Jamie Cook (2-19) had struck two more blows, led a 40-run resistance with Neil Prince (16).

Bashley limped into lunch at 134 for eight, looking a demoralised side – Morris’s half-century eventually guiding them to 143 all out.

Porter, a prodigy of Poole Grammar School who is growing in self belief with every game, outscored Park, the Dorset Minor Counties opener, in their 66-run start.
Park (23) drilled a long-hop from Miller to extra-cover, but there was no way Porter was going to follow suit.

Sound of defensive technique, Porter blocked the good ball and punished the bad, pulling Miller out of the ground for a hefty six on his way to a fifth Premier League half-century of the season.
Ironically, he offered only one chance – a difficult one to wide mid-off, the runs from which brought up his 50.

Porter went on to strike another clean straight six and move on to 75 as James Park came to the party with a crisply struck 39 not out which saw Bournemouth to an emphatic nine-wicket win.

Teenager Tom Beresford led a Totton & Eling revival which was rewarded with an unexpected three-wicket ECB Southern Electric Premier League win over Lymington at the Sports Ground.

Totton slipped to 126-6 chasing Lymington’s 200 all out but Beresford (39 not out), aided by Nick Jenkin (19) and Rashid Butt (15 not out), turned the tide and gave the visitors victory.
Darren Cowley (49) and Rob Lammiman (36) rallied in the middle for Lymington after they were 67 for three but both were back in the pavilion alongside Simon Beetham (22) as they lurched to 117 for seven.

Simon Steel (3-81) did the damage, before Wahid Khan (50) posted his maiden SPL half-century and Butt (3-38) ended the innings at 200. Adam Carty (60) led the Totton response and was fifth out at 109. The left-arm spin of Cowley (4-56) created inroads before Beresford and friends swung the match Totton’s way.

Teenage batsman Owen Alsop gets a big stride in as Alton spinner Julian Ballinger chased a fourth ECB Southern Electric Premier League victim at the Jubiee Ground.
Ballinger had taken 3-25 and had South Wilts in some difficulty at 107 for five when a torrential storm caused the match to be abandoned shortly after lunch. Ballinger had removed Tom Cowley (35), James Hibberd and James Hayward in a nine-over spell.