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Hartley Wintney face must-win game in battle against relegation
ONLY a win will do for Hartley Wintney in their Southern League Division One basement battle with Andover on Saturday, as any other result will see them relegated.
With just two games left, the odds are well and truly stacked against Hartley, but skipper Scott Baldwin is determined to keep his side in with a chance of the great escape on the final weekend of the season, when they travel to Fawley.
The captain said: “We know what we have to do and the all the players are ready for it.
“We did not lose by much against them last time so I have every confidence we can do the job this time around.”
Jonny Rowland and Jack Hersh are unavailable for the game, but experienced top order batsman Matt Evans will join Lee Weiss to open the innings, while Danny Plume comes in at number four.
Hartley looked on course for their second win in as many weeks as they were above the run rate at 103-2 when rain caused their game at Rowledge to come to a halt in the 17th over.
Roy Cockram again looked in good nick, being 55 not out as they needed 128 from 25 overs to win the match.
Earlier, Rowledge reached 250-6 as the Teale brothers, Mark and Jamie, took two wickets each.
Baldwin said: “I felt we did well to limit them to 250 and we were well up with the run rate, but then the rain came.”
It is a busy weekend for Hartley as on Sunday they will be on the hunt for silverware at May’s Bounty as they face Thames Valley League Division 2B title chasers Yateley in the final of the Bluebird Care Guy Jewell Cup final.
The action gets under way at 4pm and admission is free for the game in which Hartley will be looking to win the crown for the fourth time in the last eight years.
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