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Old Basing, St Mary's and Herriard battle to secure promotion.
THE battle for promotion from Hampshire League Regional Division Two North East will go right down to the wire, with Old Basing II, St Mary’s and Herriard all hoping to finish in the top three.
All three won their games last weekend, with third-placed St Mary’s recording an impressive 10-wicket success as Andover IV were bowled out for 61 thanks to Vinod 5-8 and Raj Makkunuri 3-19.
Oli Neal and Tom Lee knocked off the required runs with an unbeaten opening stand in 12.5 overs.
Old Basing, in second spot, enjoyed a 43-run success at Burghclere having scored 185-8, Angus Stronach top scoring with an unbeaten 40.
The home side were then bowled out for 142 despite Ben Lawrence’s 60 and Roland Gardner’s 30. Old Basing skipper Dave Smith did the damage with the ball, taking 5-35.
Fourth-placed Herriard kept themselves in the hunt with a 50-run win at Thruxton. After making 240-6, they bowled the home side out for 190.
Hartley Wintney III had a day to forget as they were shot out for 56 in a 10-wicket loss at Stockbridge, while division winners Odiham and Grey-well’s game was washed out.
In Division Four North East, Old Basing III clinched promotion with an eight-wicket win over Otterbourne, who they bowled out for 51 as captain Ambrish Uyas took two wickets without conceding a run in his two overs.
Herriard II are still in the mix for promotion in fourth place after a 37-run success against Petersfield as their 212 proved enough.
Elsewhere, Oakley II were bowled out for 150 against Colden Common II as they tried to chase down 246, while Odiham II and Ashfield Hill II had their games washed out.
Lee Jones produced a great all-round performance as Silchester beat Overton III by seven wickets in Division Three North East.
Jones (5-34) saw Overton shot out for 90 and then top scored with 51 not out in Silchester’s winning score of 93-3.
Overton II fared much better as Phil Hoare top scored with 64 in their 270-7.
Kevin Silverwood was then the pick of the bowlers with 4-21 as Tichborne Park were bowled out for 96.
The derby game between Odiham and Hook and Newnham Basics IV fell foul of the weather, while Ramsdell II and Basingstoke and North Hants V were also washed out.
Basingstoke IV kept on course for promotion from Division One North with a seven-wicket win against Longparish II.
John Anthony helped them to 172-3 with an unbeaten 56 after Longparish made 171-9.
Oakley cruised to victory over visiting Kingsclere. They made 130-8 with extras the top scorer with 47, while Keith Enters (26) and Chris Hanney (21) scored the most off the bat.
Oakley’s reply was led by Adam Robinson with 62 as they got home with 17 overs to spare.
Ashfield Hill suffered a four-wicket loss to Over Wallop as their 127 proved not enough to defend.
The other two teams in the division, Rotherwick ITW and Sherfield, saw their games never start.
The derby in County Division One between Old Basing and visiting Hook II lasted just 11 overs before rain halted the match.
Old Basing now have to win their final game of the season to stand any hope of avoiding relegation.
Basingstoke III will move up from Division Three North after a their two-run win over visiting Longparish.
Dan McCormack top-scored with 69 as the Bountymen made 218-6. This was reduced to 194 off 36 overs, which the visitors got close to, finishing on 192-9.
All the other sides in the division lost – Whitchurch by 71-runs to East Woodhay, despite Tom Trinder’s 78 in their 226-8.
Hook made 222-9 as they chased Hursley Park II’s 250-6, while Overton were all-out for 149 – a long way off Amport’s 269-4.
Louis Lynch made 66 as Hartley Wintney II reached 218-9, but Redlynch and Hale passed the score with six wickets down – three of which were taken by Lynch.
Ramsdell were the only north Hampshire side to beat the weather in Division Four North and kept alive their hopes of avoiding relegation with a four-wicket win after they bowled out Crown Taverners for 80.
AWE Tadley and Hobos both had their games washed out.
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