cricketstumpVentnor began their Southern Electric Premier Division campaign with a seven wicket defeat against a powerful Havant side at Newclose on Saturday.

Mark Holmes’ side were asked to bat first and found the going tough against a visitors’ attack strengthened by the inclusion of South African paceman Brad Wheal.

Australian under 19 international Sean Willis impressed on his Ventnor debut, hitting an impressive 72, but with James Cheek (14) the only other home team player to reach double figures, the Islanders crashed to 126 all out.

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An opening partnership of 74 between Hopson (42) and Walker (24) set up Havant for a convincing victory, Rob Snell picking up 2-22 for Ventnor.

Ventnor travel to St Cross in the Premier Division this coming Saturday and then entertain Lymington at Steephill on Sunday at 13:00 in the second round of the Royal London Club Championship.

The second team begin their Hampshire League Division 1 campaign with a home game with local rivals Ryde, while the third team make their Hampshire League debut at Rowner II in Division 4 South East.

Graham Cotton

Ventnor Cricket Club is sad to announce the sudden death of groundsman Graham Cotton.

Graham, widely known as ‘Stumpy’, died on Thursday and the club’s thoughts are with Alistair, his son, and all the family at this difficult time.

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