HARTLEY Wintney are hoping for their first double of the season when they entertain Langley Manor in a Southern League Division Two clash.
When these sides met in the middle of May, Jack Hersh was the star of the show with a century as they won by 76 runs, having posted a total of 259.
Last weekend, the village side kept themselves firmly in the promotion hunt, after they ended Rowledge’s 100 per cent record.
The leaders had been looking to make it seven straight wins, but it was not to be as visiting Hartley won by two wickets.
The home side batted first and made 226-9 from their 50 overs.
Mark Teale (2-25) was the pick of the bowlers, while Ari Karvelas also took a couple of wickets.
The Hartley reply started well thanks to a second-wicket partnership of 83 between Hersh (40) and Danny Plume (64).
This built the foundation for the victory and Jamie Teale, coming in at number seven, hit a fine 57.
At the end, Jack Cockram, in his last game before returning to Australia, was unbeaten on 22, as Hartley reached their target with three overs to spare.
Hartley Wintney captain Jamie Teale said: “This was a crunch win for us and I was in two minds what to do when I won the toss as it looked a green deck.
“We bowled well and Danny (Plume) and Jack (Hersh) continued their great form. I then shared a stand of 71 with Jack (Cockram), which left us in sight of the finish line.”
The following day, Hartley found Lymington’s Darren Cowley too hot to handle in their t20 Cup quarter-final tie as he scored 108.
His hard-hitting 35-ball innings included 11 sixes and nine fours. It took him just 12 balls to reach his half-century.
Hartley Wintney were then bowled out for 88, chasing a massive target of 233 for victory.
Teale said: “I am very proud of how far we got in the t20, but we were disappoin-ted with the result, so we want to put it right against Langley on Saturday.”
He added: “They have been struggling in recent weeks, but did win on Saturday. I think this is the first time they have played at Hartley, so we are hoping to get another win and close in on the top two.”
As in the first game between these sides earlier in the season, Teale is unavailable, so Matt Digweed takes charge.
Tommy Flanders is back and replaces Jack Cockram.