Hartley Wintney out for revenge as they travel to Sparsholt

Basingstoke Gazette: Danny Flanders returns for Hartley Wintney this weekend Danny Flanders returns for Hartley Wintney this weekend

HARTLEY Wintney go in search of an away win double this weekend, which starts with a trip to Sparsholt in Southern League Division Two.

The village side are then off to Andover for a Southern Electric t20 Cup clash on Sunday.

Hartley will be out for revenge at Sparsholt, who beat them by four runs in a thriller on the opening day of the season.

The visitors scored 209, while the village side fell just short, reaching 205-9 after being 161-3 at one point.

Now they want to put the record straight and keep up their hopes of promotion back to Division One at the first time of asking.

Danny Flanders, who top scored in the first game, is back this weekend, but captain Jamie Teale misses the trip, so Matt Digweed will skipper the side.

Teale said: “This was one game we let get away, but now we have won our last three games, if you count the t20 match.

“We want to go to Sparsholt, show what we are all about and keep ourselves in the hunt for a top two place.”

Last weekend, fourth-placed Hartley’s game was abandoned after five overs. Only one game in the division was finished and it helped the village side as second-placed Portsmouth lost to Havant.

This means they are now within shooting range for Hartley, should they win on Saturday and the Pompey side lose.

Hartley captain Teale is back for the t20 game on Sunday against Division One side Andover.

Having beaten Division One leaders New Milton in the previous round, Teale feels his side can make it to the last eight.

Teale said: “We have played Andover a lot over the years. We know their players and ground so it should be a good tight contest.

“We are certainly not going there just to make up the numbers.”

Victory over Andover on Sunday will book Hartley a trip to Premier Division outfit Lymington.

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