Win boosts Hartley Wintney's hopes of avoiding the drop - but Hook and Basingstoke II lose (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Win boosts Hartley Wintney's hopes of avoiding the drop - but Hook and Basingstoke II lose
HARTLEY Wintney chalked up their first double of the season as they beat Liphook and Ripsley by four wickets to boost their chances of avoiding relegation from Southern League Division One.
Hartley opening bowlers Phil Horwood (1-27) and Chris Jolley (3-29) removed the visitors’ first pair with just 17 on the board.
Liphook then looked to be building a decent score thanks to Suman Ganguly’s half-century, but from 80-2 they slumped to 99-6 after Roy Cockram (3-10) got the prized wicket of Ganguly.
From there the home bowlers dominated and the visitors’ innings ended with just 144 on the board.
The Hartley reply did not get off to the best start as opener Jonny Rowland suffered a rare failure, but Matt Kerr (26) and top scorer Cockram (42) got the side back on track and from there the side built partnerships, with Scott Baldwin (26 not out) and Jamie Teale (21) making sure they got home with 11 overs to spare.
Meanwhile, Hook and Newnham Basics suffered a five wicket loss at the hands of Hambledon as their 216-9 proved not enough.
Having won the toss, Hook reached at 122-1, with Matt Love (64) and Ben Thane (47) in the centre.
However, after that only Matt Buckingham (38 not out) made any decent score.
The visitors’ reply was built around an unbeaten 125 from Joe Collings-Wells, with Anik Divicha (2-24) the pick of the home bowlers.
Basingstoke’s second XI also suffered at home, going down by four wickets to visiting Bashley (Rydal) II.
Having won the toss and decided to bat, the home side slumped to 29-4 and then 79-5 before they recovered to 207 all-out, with Sam Trinder making 64 down the order.
The visitors looked to be cruising to the win at 153-2, but spinner Keith Harris (4-47) slowed them down, although they still won with nine overs to spare.
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