Rob Gibson and Ben Walker hit centuries as Havant consolidated their position as ECB Southern Premier League leaders with a 119-run win over visiting New Milton, who lost their last six wickets for 20 runs.
Both Gibson, who struck four sixes and eight fours, and Walker (nine boundaries) hit 103 – the pair sharing a 147-run second wicket partnership which pointed Havant towards 283-5.
Chris Stone (32) and Andy Gorvin (35) chipped in as Havant declared after 52 overs to give themselves plenty of time to bowl New Milton.
When Tom Arnold (40) and Dave Wakefield (43) responded with a 76-run start it looked as though Havant might need a lot of overs.
But left-arm spinner Chris Morgan (4-50) removed both openers and when Ryan Beck fell cheaply the table toppers began to take a grip.
Nick Elliott (32) checked Havant’s progress, but the off-spin of Richard Hindley pictured (5-45) and Morgan took wickets all too regularly as the Green & Golds slumped from 128-3 to 164 all out.
Matt Metcalfe, left, toasted his third five-wicket haul of the season – and lifted his season’s tally to 33 victims – as Lymington shunted Ventnor a step closer to the ECB Southern Premier Division relegation trap door with a somewhat unconvincing three-wicket victory.
His 5-62 return sent Ventnor tumbling to 155 all out and a tenth successive defeat. With the Hampshire Academy winning again – they won by three wickets at Alton – Ventnor are now 52 points adrift at the bottom.
They began on a positive note at the Sports Ground, but having progressed to 38-0 promptly lost four wickets for ten runs, three of them to Metcalfe, pictured..
Australian all-rounder Alex Glendenning (39) rallied but departed at 89-6 and when the eighth wicket fell at 104, Ventnor were plotting an early boat home.
Ben Attrill (29), Ventnor’s youngest player, led late resistance which saw the islanders’ add 51 for the last two wickets to finish with 155 all out, Richard Lock finishing with 3-21.
Ryan Scott (24) fired Lymington to 39-1, but wickets fell all too frequently and although eight batsmen made double figures no significant partnerships were created.
Wicketkeeper James Cheek bagged four victims and leg spinner Danny Cox, arguably the tiniest bowler in SPL cricket, took 4-44, but Lymington got across the line, with Dom Hand hitting 30 before victory was eventually achieved.
Josh McCoy and Elijah Samuel hit half-centuries as the Hampshire Academy chased down Alton’s 249-9 to win by three wickets at the Jubilee Ground.
Samuel’s unbeaten 50 was the key as the Academy wobbled, losing two quick wickets as the target came in sight.
But the Marlborough College prospect kept his nerve to steer the county teens to a second consecutive Premier Division victory.
Chris Searle (2-20) led an inspired Academy morning session as Alton slipped to 45-4 (Abeed Janmohamed 25) before the Heffernan brothers, Michael and Mark repaired the damage.
The pair added 118, with Michael hitting a season’s best 90 (11 fours) and elder sibling Mark 56.
They enabled Alton to reach 249-9 after 64 overs.
The Academy responded positively down the order, with Felix Organ (36) and Brad Taylor (30) setting a brisk pace before Hampshire T20 prospect Jake Goodwin (39) made his mark.
McCoy’s responsible 61 kept the pot bubbling, but Jack (3-74) and Scott Myers (3-57) continued to chip away and when the seventh Academy wicket fell at 222-7, Alton sniffed a chance.
But Samuel, with a run-a-ball 50, and Searle chiselled off the remaining 30 runs to end Alton’s six-match unbeaten run.
McCoy was subsequently called into the England Under-19 squad for the 'Test' against Sri lanka, but did not play.