St Cross Symondians' last pair Ed Ellis and Callum Willock battled it out for an hour to deny Havant victory and save the Winchester club from a third successive ECB Southern Premier League defeat.

They clung on at 151-9 in response to Havant's 246 all out, having earlier been in trouble when two wickets in consecutive deliveries from left-arm spin all-rounder Chris Morgan (3-40) plunged St Cross into trouble at 124-9 with almost 15 overs to play.

But Ellis, no stranger to a late crisis, made an unbeaten 59 while surviving 117 deliveries, and Willock (who lasted 36 balls) saw off the threat to earn St Cross a 'losing' draw.

Such a scenario seemed improbable early in the morning session of the initial Time pennant match when two blows by South African Kyle Pluke (2-28) and a third by Matt Haworth had Havant rocking at 8 for three.

Half the side was back in the Green Jackets pavilion for 75 before teenager Ben Feeney underlined his emerging talent to strike a 13-boundary 76.

Feeney's sixth-wicket stand with Robert Woolley (61), a recent acquisition from the Surrey Championship club Chipstead Coulsdon and Walcountians, turned the match.

Both batsmen fell to the Hampshire spin of Felix Organ (5-52), but by then Havant had recovered to 192-6 and with teenager Harrison Barnard scoring a timely 38 not out the visitors had secured a good position.

Four new ball strikes by Richard Jerry (4-25) had St Cross wobbling at 55-5 before Charlie Gwynn (34) dug in, but when Morgan forced three cheap late wickets to fall Symondians were facing another loss.

An hour later Ellis and Willock had saved the day....