On a cold blustery day current champions, Havant were the visitors to the BCG and with their captain Ben Walker losing the toss they were asked to bat first but the opening batting pair of Brad Taylor and Peter Hopson had a partnership of 80 when with the introduction of Simon Ridley (2-67) into the attack Hopson was caught behind by Chris Ridley for 32. Taylor meanwhile continued to play his attacking shots for a fine 83 off 78 balls which came to an end when he was well caught by Simon Watkins off the bowling of Sam Thomson and the score was 147-2. 18 runs later Walker was bowled by S. Watkins for 63 also off 78 deliveries. The Bashley spin trio of Watkins (3-28), Thomson (1-51) & Digby (0-42) bowled their 30 overs between them with great control and accuracy managing to stem the flow of runs that had threatened to take the total out of reach with the Havant innings closing on 260-7 off their 50 overs.

Josh Digby – 73

With the Bashley score on 16 Tom Gates (9) was the first wicket to fall, stumped off a leg side wide by j. Bulled off the bowling of A. Gorvin (1-25), 30 runs later South Australian Patrick Page was caught by R. Hindley off josh McCoy so this brought captain Michael Porter to the crease and in partnership with Digby they set about chasing down the required total with both of them playing some terrific shots and along with some quick singles they put on 127 which ended when Digby was caught on the boundary by S. Matthews off the bowling of B.Taylor (1-56) for 73. Porter then lost 5 partners on his way to being top scorer of the day with 87 as the Bashley innings faded away with Mitch Wilson (17), the only other batsmen to reach double figures and the Bashley innings closed on 237 off 48 overs to leave Havant the winners by 23 runs.


Michael Porter – 87