Hook and Newnham Basics on the hunt for silverware

Hook captain Matt Love returned to form with a century against Fawley

Hook captain Matt Love returned to form with a century against Fawley

First published in Sport by , Sports Reporter

HOOK and Newnham Basics captain Matt Love is hoping his side will be able to hunt down some silverware in the final month of the season.

Tonight, Hook have a mouth-watering encounter with Basingstoke and North Hants in the quarter-finals of the Finch Group Guy Jewell Cup at May’s Bounty.

Then, on Sunday, the Hook Army are on their travels to New Milton for a Southern Electric t20 Plate semi-final clash.

Love said: “We have had a frustrating season in the league, so I hope we can win a couple of trophies, which would be good, as we are starting to play well now.”

Hook enjoyed their first back-to-back victories in Southern League Division One, after winning at Fawley by one wicket with three balls to spare last weekend.

The visitors were set a target of 228 to win, and thanks to a superb century by Love (103) they looked in good shape.

The opener shared a fifth-wicket stand of 65 with Matt Buckingham (24), before being the sixth man out with the score on 187.

There was still some work to do, but Spencer Champ (18) and Gary Binns (5) moved the total to 198.

However, when Binns departed 16 runs later, it was left to last pair Anik Divecha (12) and Kevin Poulter (14), needing 15 for victory, to get them over the finish line.

Earlier, Tom Gates (78), a century hero against Basingstoke the previous week, and Paul Marks (81) shared a second-wicket stand of 104 as Fawley looked set to post a really big score.

The Hook bowlers kept plugging away and Divecha (0-23) bowled a tidy 10-over spell. Fellow spinner Poulter (4-56) put the brakes on the innings as they reached 227-9 from their 50 overs.

Talking after the game Love said: “We really buckled down and all the players showed great attitude. It was a character win and it was nice to see Kev Poulter finish it off with a six.”

Hook will now look to make it a hat-trick of league wins when they host Liphook and Ripsley on Saturday.

They beat the visitors earlier in the season and have high-scoring opener Ben Thane back, but will be without Richard Willcock.

Love said: “We now want to finish the season as high as we can and it would be nice to keep our winning run going.”

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