Hampshire Cricket League Regional Divisions round-up

Adam Robinson hit a century for Oakley

Adam Robinson hit a century for Oakley

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

OAKLEY remain on course to win promotion from Hampshire Cricket League Regional Division One North thanks to another century from Adam Robinson.

The batsman has enjoyed a stellar season and his knock of 102 helped visiting Oakley to 251-7 away at Longparish II. Clive Welsman and Bob Lethaby then took three wickets each as Longparish were restricted to 185-9.

Oakley sit second in the table going into the final weekend of the season, while Odiham and Greywell are also in the hunt for promotion. They are fourth after beating hosts St Cross Symondians V by 201 runs.

John Hodgson top-scored with 61 as Odiham made 250-8, while Scott McGaughrin took 4-9 and Phillip Thomas 3-6 as the home side were bowled out for just 49 in reply.

Kingsclere beat Sherfield-on-Loddon by 31 runs in a derby at the Fieldgate Centre. Simon Grant took 5-35 and Phil Mitchell 3-35 as Kingsclere were dismissed for 163, but Keith Enters (4-42) and Chris Hanney (3-33) did the damage as the visitors were bowled out for 132 in reply.

Ben Osborne starred with the ball as Ashford Hill beat Basingstoke and North Hants IV by 114 runs. Matthew Pedley made 71 as hosts Ashford Hill reached 214-9 before Osborne took over, finishing with figures of 5-22 as the Bountymen were bowled out for 100.

Herriard and Old Basing II both enjoyed big wins.

Herriard beat St Mary Bourne by 113 runs, being bowled out for 156 before dismissing their visitors for just 43, with Martin Apperley taking 5-19.

A partnership worth 211 between Andy Byett (158) and John Huntingdon (50), helped Old Basing II reach 252-6, before David Smith took 5-17 as home side Over Wallop were dismissed for just 65, giving the visitors a 187-run success.

Ramsdell went down to a 79-run defeat away at Winterbourne. The hosts made 284-3 and while Michael Abbott made 52, Ramsdell were only able to reach 205-9.

Odiham and Greywell II remain in the hunt for promotion from Division Two North after a 99-run win over Upper Clatford. Chris Wiltshire made 79 and Alex Brown 55 as Odiham reached 206-8, before Tom Wiltshire took 7-12 as the visitors were dismissed for 107.

The other two north Hampshire sides in the division go into the final round of matches worried about relegation.

St Mary’s are fourth-bottom after losing by eight runs at home to Twyford. Amit Sapkal took 4-26 and Veeru Pokala 3-18 as the visitors were bowled out for 106, but St Mary’s were then dismissed for 98 in reply.

Rotherwick ITW are one place lower and went down by a massive 215 runs at home to Chawton, being bowled out for just 51 after the visitors had made 266-5.

Hook and Newnham Basics IV took advantage of a slip-up from Silchester to move up to second in the Division Three North East table.

Nick Harding made 83 and Nick Hucker 52 as Hook reached 215-5 at Ramsdell II, with Oliver Hewetson-Brown and Peter Hook both taking three wickets as the hosts were restricted to 140-7 in reply, giving Hook a 75-run win.

Meanwhile, Silchester lost by 36 runs at home to Otterbourne. Lee Jones and Liam Doran both took three wickets as the visitors reached 192-8 and while Shey Bradley made 51, Silchester could only make 156-9 in reply.

Old Basing III and Hartley Wintney III also remain in the promotion hunt after claiming big wins on the penultimate weekend.

Hartley hosted Herriard II and made 267-6, thanks in no small part to Andrew Martin’s unbeaten 110, with Rob Jones taking 3-47 for the visitors. Tim Soper and Graham Selden then took three wickets each as Herriard were bowled out for 101, giving Hartley a 166-run victory.

Laxmikant Sharma top-scored with 51 as Old Basing made 233-6 before bowling visiting Aldershot V out for 80 to win by 153 runs.

Both Overton sides in the division also won. The second string beat visiting IBM Hursley by five wickets, chasing down 161-9 with John Blunden making 72, while the thirds beat hosts Compton and Chandlers Ford III by two wickets, overhauling the home side’s total of 145-9.

Basingstoke and North Hants V went down by three wickets at home to Holybourne II. Reuben Hawkes made 50 as the hosts were bowled out for 162 and while Mendip Sharma took 3-18, the visitors got over the line to win.

Oakley II look set to win Division Four North East after beating visiting Ashford Hill II by 135 runs. Steve Savage top-scored with 56 and Mark Ridley took 3-52 as Oakley made 216-7, while Stephen Bown took 4-5 as the visitors were bowled out for just 81.

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