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Defending champions Bournemouth moved into second place in the ECB Southern Electric Premier League after chasing down a Lymington total of 217 to win by three wickets at Chapel Gate.

They got a grip of the game after Lymington found themselves unable to build on the 137-run platform Cameron Grierson (75) and Glyn Treagus (33) provided the visitors.

Rob Lammiman (22) and Darren Cowley (19) chipped in, but Mark House took 4-32 as Lymington’s batting gradually fell away to 217 for eight in 64 overs.

A half-century by James Park (50) largely underpinned Bournemouth’s chase, though at 115 for four the champions weren’t exactly calling the tune.

But university student Alex Butler (32) calmed things down before Matt Metcalfe (26) and Chris Ridley (18) guided Bournemouth home.

Leaders Havant triumphed over Alton by 29 runs in a Jubilee Ground match reduced to 38 overs per side. They are effectively 11 points clear of Bournemouth at the top of the ECB Southern Electric Premier League.

Ben Walker (52), aided by some handy top order contributions, guided Havant to 136 for two before Alton spinner Matt Ireson (pictured) produced a career-best spell of 7-36 to send the leaders tumbling to 170 all out.

Havant lost their last six wickets for just ten runs. But Alton lost wickets at regular intervals down the line, with spin trio Steve Matthews (3-19), Richard Hindley (2-25) and Chris Morgan (2-25) sending them spinning to 141 for nine.

Richard Taylor produced figures of 7-39 – yet still finished on the losing side as Andover crashed to a 76-run defeat by the in-form Hampshire Academy at London Road. It was Andover’s eighth straight defeat since lifting the Division 2 crown last season.

Taylor took seven of the eight Academy wickets to fall and later top scored with 21. But the Young Royals thrived on the solid beginnings by Rob Gibson (33) and Jake George (26), with several subsequent batsmen chipping in as they posted 153 for eight in the rain trimmed 27-over match.

Confidence isn’t something that exudes from Andover’s batsmen just now and directly Owen Alsop (2-22) removed openers Jonty Hadfield and Will Prozesky, the pavilion procession began.

Matt King (3-10) nipped out James O’Gorman, Cille van der Merwe and Tim Saye in quick succession to leave Andover 40 for five. Mark Copleston (17) and Taylor (21) rallied, but spin duo Tim Ravenscroft (3-11) and Jamie Miller (2-23) cut through the lower order to leave Andover 87 all out.

The Academy lie fourth in the log, but are only a fraction of a point behind Bournemouth, the second placed club.

Ed Green’s late blitz proved a winner for St Cross Symondians, who beat ECB Southern Electric Premier League rivals Totton & Eling by three wickets after almost fouling up a Southern Gardens run chase.

In a match cut back to 40 overs per side due to overnight rain, St Cross appeared to be cruising towards victory at 126 for two chasing down Totton’s 183 for eight.

Ryan Hale (44) sparked a slow start with a typically lively knock and set the platform for Charlie Esson (32) and Lawrie Prittipaul (34) to take the visitors home.

But Hampshire’s Benny Howell (3-37) put a spoke in their wheel by removing Walker, James Irvine-Fortescue and West Indian Lionel Baker as St Cross slumped to 142 for seven, losing five wickets for 16 runs.

But, having needed 33 runs to win off the last five overs, St Cross got home with nine balls to spare – Green biffing two big sixes in his 28 - one cleared the adjoining railway line - and Charlie Cooke making a quick 16 not out.

Totton began brightly enough through Phil Cooper (39) and Benny Howell (26) and due to Sam Walker (25) and Richard Butt (27) were able to overcome a middle-order collapse and posted 183 for eight (Matt Perry Lewis 3-45).