July 13, 2003

SPCL1 Week11 - King crowns Havant title hopes

Matt King produced his best competitive bowling figures as Bashley (Rydal) threw a massive spoke in Havant's bid to retain the ECB Southern Electric Premier League championship crown.

The Bashley captain took 6-41 in 12.5 overs as the defending champions were rolled over for a modest 167 - a target Bashley polished off with six wickets in hand.

The result has made BAT Sports - nine-wicket winners at Portsmouth - firm favourites to recapture the trophy they won two seasons ago.

Havant were undone in the opening overs at the BCG with John Whiting (3-52) and King ripping out Dom Carson, Richard Hindley and Simon Barnard for only 15.

Andy Perry (78) held things together and was ninth out - caught behind by Andy Sexton to give King a fifth victim - at 167.

But Bashley's four-pronged pace attack called the tune, with Paul Gover (32) offering the only meaningful support as Havant keeled over against the rampant King, who grabbed the last four wickets.

Fresh from three victims behind the stumps, Sexton piloted Bashley towards a notable six-wicket victory.

He shared half-century stands with Neil Thurgood (26) and Brad Thompson (24) before becoming the second scalp for Middlesex Academy trainee Chris Wright (3-64).

But by then Bashley were 131-3 ... and within just four points of Havant in second place.

Western Australia's Adam Voges was the star of Bournemouth's seven-wicket win over South Wilts at Chapel Gate.

The Western Warrior took 4-45 before cracking a boundary-strewn 92 as Bournemouth romped home.

South Wilts faded after a promising beginnings - Paul Draper (45) and Jamie Glasson (23) sharing a 61-run start before both fell to the guile of Jo Wilson.

Russell Rowe's 48 held things together as the combined left-arm spin of Voges (4-45) and Shaun Walbridge (2-49) cut through the middle-order.

The heavyweight Wiltshire captain was eventually seventh out - a third victim for Martin Miller - at 164, after which Wilson (4-45) returned to mop up the tail and leave South Wilts 178 all out.

Bournemouth lost Nick Park cheaply, but Tom Webley (54) and Voges soon pointed the Dorset club towards a sixth win in nine SPL outings.

It was Voges, with 15 boundaries in a classy 92 not out, who stole the show, getting support from Charlie Holcomb (26) as Bournemouth cruised home.