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Hampshire's trip to Hartley Wintney is a big hit
HAMPSHIRE’S annual visit to Hartley Wintney was once again a brilliant success as a bumper crowd on the picturesque village green were treated to a t20 game of big hitting.
The visitors arrived with a number of first team stars and were captained by Basingstoke-born Chris Wood, while former Basingstoke and North Hants star Adam Rouse was also in the line-up. However, both failed with the bat, each scoring one.
Once again, seam bowler Dave Griffiths was given the job of opening, and he smashed 45, while Liam Dawson (40) survived as others in the middle order fell, including former Hampshire star Shaun Udal (16).
Hartley brothers Jamie Teale (3-49) and Mark Teale (2-37) did most of the damage with the ball.
It was left to Sean Terry (46) and Michael Carberry (47), batting at nine and 10, to help the score to 246.
The village side then certainly did not disappoint the crowd as they set about the run chase, being led by their Australian, Lee Weiss, who scored a century before he retired.
Around him, other players chipped in, with last pair Roy Cockram (31) and Scott Baldwin (23) getting the home side to within touching distance as they ended up losing by just four runs, reaching 242-6.
Hartley captain Baldwin said: “It was a great day with a really big crowd and that is what it was all about. They were entertained with loads of sixes and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.”
Organiser Bob Jeavons-Fellows said: “It was another great day and the crowd was around 3,000. The auction raised £8,000, which will be split between the two charities, Hampshire Cricket Community Trust and the Hampshire Autistic Society.”
It is now hoped the Hampshire team will be back next year for another benefit game – as long as a free Friday at this time of year is in their schedule.
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