Trio of 15-year-olds play big role in Hook and Newnham Basics IV's Hampshire Cricket League win at Aldershot V

Basingstoke Gazette: Hook's Nick Harding hit an unbeaten century and put together a big partnership with youngster Harry Warner. Hook's Nick Harding hit an unbeaten century and put together a big partnership with youngster Harry Warner.

YOUNG talent took centre stage for Hook and Newnham Basics IV on Saturday, with three 15-year-olds starring in the team's 93-run victory away at Aldershot V.

The match was one of just three Hampshire Cricket League fixtures involving north Hampshire sides to be completed, with Hook emerging comfortable winners in Regional Division Three North East thanks to their teenage trio.

The visitors smashed their way to an impressive 271-1, with two batsmen making unbeaten centuries. Nick Harding hit 104 not out, but it was youngster Harry Warner who grabbed the headlines with an excellent unbeaten knock of 128.

Not to be outdone, two more 15-year-olds played their part with the ball, Ollie May and Alex Stewart taking three wickets each as the hosts were restricted to 178-8.

Hook's second string did not fare so well in County Division One, losing by 10 wickets in a rain-affected match away at United Services Portsmouth.

The visitors were dismissed for 158, a target reduced to 106 from 26 overs after a couple of rain delays. Portsmouth got home without loss to complete a comfortable win.

The only other match involving north Hampshire sides to survive the showers was Herriard III's trip to Odiham and Greywell III in Regional Division Four North East.

Neil Hasler made 60 as Herriard reached 136-8 at the end of their innings, and that proved to be enough. Dave Hiscock his 50 but the hosts were bowled out for 109, with Tom Moore taking five wickets for the concession of just nine runs.

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