Hindley leads Havant to title
Skipper Richard Hindley led from the front, taking six wickets and knocking off the winning runs as Havant completed the formalities of their ECB Southern Electric Premier League championship triumph.
It was Havant’s fourth title in five seasons – but one that enabled them to complete both the Premier League and Southern Electric Twenty20 Cup double. They beat Bournemouth to win the T20 a fortnight ago.
Playing a captain’s role, Hindley took 6-27 wih his off-spin and later steered Havant across the finish line with an unbeaten 28 to beat Totton & Eling by a comprehensive seven-wickets at Southern Gardens.
Totton began confidently enough but once Hindley removed openers Nick Jenkin (26) and Phil Cooper (20), they folded.
Hindley took Totton’s first four wickets and combined with left-arm spinner Chris Morgan (2-22), Stuart Ransley and Steve Matthews to bowl the Eels out for 101.
Although Pete Hopson failed to improve on his 582-run aggregate, Havant cruised to victory. Ben Walker (36) and Ransley (32) eased Havant into a position from which Hindley could take his side home.
Bournemouth defeated St Cross Symondians by 48 runs but, as a token of consolation, look set to win the 50-over pennant, awarded to the side which finishes with the best record in the limited-overs segment of the competition.
But captain Simon Watkins remained proud of Lions’ achievements fter they had been forced to rebuild following a number of player exits, including pace bowling duo Scott Barlow and Ed Denham.
Watkins said: “We are very pleased with the season after losing so many players. “We set the goal of finishing in the top four and felt that would be a good achievement. To come second in the league and cup and to, possibly, win the 50-over pennant is a pretty good achievement.”
Watkins was speaking after playing a key role in Bournemouth’s 48-run victory over St Cross in a match reduced to 33 overs per side. Lions registered 145 for seven after being put into bat with James Park (30), teenager Michael Porter (27) and Nick Park (27) producing solid contributions.
Watkins then claimed impressive figures of 4-21 as Bournemouth skittled their opponents for 97 (Charlie Cooke 24), former Hampshire all-rounder Lawrie Prittipaul leading a crash-bang St Cross reply.
Andover were washed out at South Wilts, while Bashley (Rydal) made a fruitless trip to Alton, where a pre-match deluge flooded the Jubilee Ground.
Lymington chased down a 207-run target to beat the Hampshire Academy by five wickets with seven balls to spare at the Rose Bowl. Under-17 captain Jake George (58) underpinned the Young Royals’ total of 207 for six, holding the top order together as left-armer Matt Mixer (2-24) and Wahid Khan.
The Academy slumped to 104 for five when George provided leg-spinner Khan (3-35) with his third wicket. Seventh-wicket pair Ollie Green (43 not out) and Justin Parvess (35 not out) added an unbroken 70 to take the Royals to 207 for six.
Lymington always looked comfortable in the run chase once Glyn Treagus (48) and Damian Shirazi (33) provided a 67-run opening platform. Darren Cowley (46) and Rob Lammiman, with an unbeaten 25, got Lymington home