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Hook set their sights on third place in Southern League Division One
HOOK and Newnham Basics still have their sights set on a third place finish in Southern League Division One after their latest victory at Fawley.
Hook vice-captain Glen Williams was in charge for the game and felt his side produced their best bowling and fielding performance of the season to limit the home side to 176.
The wickets were shared around as Kevin Poulter, Anik Divecha and Richard Willcock captured two each.
The visitors then made a great start in their reply as Ben Thane (34) and Matt Love (48) shared an opening stand of 75, but, from there, off-spinner Wayne Smith (5-39) put the skids on them as they slid to 98-5.
It was left to Nick Willcock (43) and partnerships with Joe Allnutt (14) and Williams (23) to see the side home by two wickets and with two overs to spare.
Williams said: “I was happy to limit them to 176 and we were cruising, but then we lose one wicket and that soon becomes a cluster.
“At the end, it was just a matter of hanging around with Nick Willcock and making sure we got the win.”
This weekend, Hook entertain Hambledon. In June’s reverse fixture, the visitors never got to grips with the pitch.
They were bowled out for 151 on the way to a seven-wicket defeat.
Hambledon are just above the relegation zone, having lost their last three. Hook will welcome back skipper Ross Hunter and Josh Buckingham for the game, while Richard Willcock is unavailable.
Williams said: “They have a decent overseas player, but we are at home so we are looking to win as we can still finish third.”
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