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Final ball drama means Hartley Wintney still harbour survival hopes
JAMIE Teale hit a six off the final ball to keep alive Hartley Wintney’s hopes of pulling off the great escape and avoiding relegation from Southern League Division One.
It now sets up a win or bust weekend as the village side travel Fawley knowing exactly what they have to do.
Hartley beat Fawley by 113 runs earlier in the season and their escape route is helped by the fact that the two sides above them, Rowledge and Hambledon, play each other.
Skipper Scott Baldwin believes his side can do it and said: “This is the most important game of the season now and we will be going all out for the victory. It will be a triumph of perseverance if we can do it.”
After Saturday’s basement battle win against Andover, anything is surely possible, as Hartley were left with three needed off the last ball and Teale’s maximum ensured a two-wicket home victory.
Having won the toss, Hartley’s Baldwin put Andover into bat and Chris Jolley (3-28) and Phil Horwood (1-21) put early pressure on the visiting batsman.
Greg Dawson (79) kept the scoreboard ticking over as his side passed three figures with the loss of just two wickets.
However, the home bowlers hit back and in the end Andover were limited to 200-9 from their 50 overs.
The home side, knowing a loss would see them relegated, got off to a bad start as Matt Evans and Roy Cockram were out with just four on the board.
It was left to antipodeans Lee Weiss (62) and Scott Baldwin (47) to get them back on course with a third wicket stand of 106.
Once again the game changed as both Weiss and Baldwin were out with the score on 134 and Jolley followed soon after.
Dave Arnold (20) and Matt Kerr (18) got the side back on track, leaving the job to be completed by the Teale brothers, with Jamie’s big blow making sure of the win.
A delighted Baldwin said: “I think it was an important toss to win and the innings was interrupted by rain, so we bowled really well with the wet ball to limit them to 200.
“We didn’t get off to a good start, but got back into the game and it was an amazing end when Jamie hit the final ball for six.”
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