HOOK and Newnham Basics won an extraordinary low scoring game at King George V Playing Fields to keep alive their hopes of avoiding the drop from Southern League Division One on Saturday.

The home side were bowled out of for just 61, but still won by 10 runs, thanks to bowlers Spencer Champ (5-28) and Kevin Poulter (3-15).

In the Hook innings, Gary Binns top scored with 20, while Derek Manning (5-35) and Nick Wheeler (4-23) did the damage for Hursley, in a rare low scoring game at the ground.

Hook finish their season with a massive trip to Andover this weekend.

Basingstoke and North Hants beat Andover by 25 runs at May’s Bounty on Saturday, as the visitors reached 183-9 as they tried to chase down 208-7.

Steve Bucksey was the star with bat for the Bountymen as he scored an unbeaten 72, from 122 balls, with Dan Coombs (38) and Ryan Connor (31 not out) the next best scorers.

The visitors reply never really got going as Martyn James (2-27) and Ryan Connor (2-23) reduced them to 44-4.

Byron Haycock top scored with 55, but the Basingstoke bowlers kept things tight to the end and Dan King enjoyed another excellent spell of 0-13 from five overs.

The Bountymen travel to New Milton this weekend and still have an outside chance of promotion.

Basingstoke’s second XI lost at South Wilts II by six wickets, as they bowled out for 173 with opener Andy Giles their top scorer with 56.

Keith Harris and Rakitha Perera took two wickets each as South Wilts got home with 12 overs to spare.

They wrap up their campaign with a home game against Fair Oak.