Hartley Wintney back to full strength for trip to Portsmouth

Mark Teale took four wickets for Hartley Wintney last week

Mark Teale took four wickets for Hartley Wintney last week

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HARTLEY Wintney will return to full strength for their trip to Portsmouth in Southern League Division Two today.

Captain Jamie Teale is one of the returnees and is keen for his side to get back to winning ways after their 59-run loss at home to OTs and Romsey last weekend.

Teale said: “It was a disappointing result, especially as we bowled them out for 207 and were 67 without loss. We now have to put this behind us and I want us to win down in Portsmouth.

“We went to Portsmouth a few years ago, so we know what the pitch is like and the ground. We have a full-strength team so I am full of confidence we can get a result.”

As well as Teale, Matt Digweed, Danny Plume and the Flanders brothers, Danny and Tommy, are all back in the team.

Last Saturday, Hartley started well against visiting OTs and Romsey, before Gus Flack and Leavn Wathen went on a six-hitting spree to rescue their side.

Between them, they plundered eight sixes and 12 fours in a quick-fire 92-run sixth-wicket partnership, after they had slumped to 77-5.

Flack nailed a 23-ball 58, including five sixes and six fours, while Wathen cleared the boundary rope three times and also hit six fours in his 57, scored off 30 deliveries.

Ironically, the pair had been due to play at Romsey in a Hampshire League match against Compton and Chandler’s Ford and were called up at relatively short notice.

Their boundary barrage allowed OTs to reach an all-out score of 207, with Mark Teale (4-25) the pick of the home bowlers.

Hartley began well enough with openers Matt Kerr (40) and Jack Hersh (37) putting on 67, but they fell apart when Steven Kay (4-28) was brought into the attack as the visitors’ fifth bowler.

Spin twins the Newman brothers, Hampshire under-17 prospect Peter (4-26) and Robert (2-25) completed the job as Hartley slumped to 148 all out.

Hartley are also in action tomorrow, hosting Division One side New Milton in the opening round of the Southern Electric t20 Cup.

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