Title race goes down to the wire

Darren Turner hit 90 for Old Basing II

Darren Turner hit 90 for Old Basing II

First published in Sport by , Sports Reporter

THE battle for the Hampshire League Regional Division Three North East title looks set to go all the way to the wire with Silchester and Hook and Newnham Basics IV very much in the shake-up.

On the penultimate weekend of the season leaders Otterbourne travel to third- placed Silchester, while second-placed Hook are at Ramsdell II.

Hook kept up the pressure on the leaders with a seven-wicket win against visiting Compton and Chandler’s Ford III who were bowled out for 98.

The home side, thanks to an unbeaten 37 from Graham Buckingham, reached 99-3.

Silchester were five-wicket winners at IBM Hursley II as the home side were bowled out for 102 and then an unbeaten 38 from Lee Jones made sure the visitors won.

Overton III enjoyed a 32-run victory over Easton Martyr Worthy II as Steven Blunden (53) top scored in a match winning 160-9.

Hartley Wintney III had an 88-run success as they bowled out Holybourne II for exactly 100 thanks to Graham Selden (4-25) and Paul Webb (3-11). This was after Jack Mitchell top scored with 47 in their total of 188-9.

Basingstoke and North Hants V won at Colden Common by five wickets after they bowled them out for 106.

Ramsdell II won by two wickets at Herriard II having bowled the home side out for 126.

Overton II’s game at Aldershot V was washed out.

Odiham and Greywell seconds kept their promotion hopes alive in Division Two North as they enjoyed a 99-run win at East Woodhay II.

Thomas Spreadborough (5-38) starred as the home side were bowled out for 148.

This was after Kyran Munt (70) and John Coyne (45) helped the third-placed side to score 247-5.

St Mary’s continued their good end-of- season form with victory at Upper Clatford.

The home side scored 160-7 as Steve Reid (4- 47) and Raj Makkunuri (3-28) shared the wickets.

Oli Matthews with an unbeaten 49 helped the visitors recover from 77-7 to a winning score of 161-9.

Rotherwick ITW had a day to forget as they were bowled out for 81 as they lost by six wickets at Medstead.

Oakley and Odiham and Greywell kept up their push for promotion in Division One North.

Oakley scored 192 at Ramsdell and despite a half century from Dave Simpson, the home side only made 154-5.

Odiham saw off Over Wallop with a five wicket win after Russell Henley’s 3-24 saw the visitors make 135-5.

An excellent 74 from Robert Walsh-Smith helped the fourth placed side to a winning score of 137-5.

A brilliant 90 from Darren Turner led the way for Old Basing II as they scored 192-7, when they entertained Ashford Hill.

Malcolm Curtis (4-29) put the skids on Hill as they slid from 60-4 to 106 all out.

Basingstoke and North Hants IV enjoyed a 87-run win over visiting Winterbourne as they scored 270-5 thanks to John Anthony (82) and Ethan Hawkes (72).

Jay Ahuji (4-23) and Ashley Neal (3-36) then helped the Bountymen bowl out the visitors for 183.

It did not go so well for the other three sides for his area in the division as Herriard suffered a nine-wicket defeat at Bentworth and Sherfield suffered the same fate against Longparish.

Kingsclere suffered a 139-run reverse at St Mary Bourne as they were bowled out for 129.

All the games in Division Four North East didn’t start due to wet pitches.

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