Hampshire Cricket League County Divisions round-up

Michael Deller-Merricks smashed his way to a match-winning century for AWE Tadley

Michael Deller-Merricks smashed his way to a match-winning century for AWE Tadley

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

AN IMPRESSIVE century from Michael Deller-Merricks saw AWE Tadley to a 10-wicket victory over visiting Whiteparish in Hampshire Cricket League County Division Four North.

Nick Hynard took 4-39 as Whiteparish were restricted to 177-8 but Deller-Merricks was in no mood to hang around, smashing his way to an unbeaten 121, with fellow opener Will Belfield also finishing unbeaten on 46.

Tadley have an outside chance of winning promotion going into the last weekend of the season, but Hobos look set to go up after beating visiting Crown Taverners by 166 runs.

Ail Muntaz hit 79 and Nick Brass 51 as Hobos reached 256-9, while Imran Ghouse took four wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 90 in reply. Hobos sit second in the table, knowing that a win in their final game on Saturday will see them promoted.

Hook and Newnham Basics II have little to play for in Division One and they went down to a 156-run defeat at Ventnor II on Saturday, being bowled out for 210 chasing the hosts’ imposing total of 366-5.

Basingstoke and North Hants III enjoyed an 85-run victory over visiting Longparish in Division Two. Andy Neal made 95 and Russell Droy 59 as the hosts reached 248-7 before bowling Longparish out for 163.

Old Basing went down to defeat at the hands of visiting Hungerford. Dan Belcher made 56 as Basing reached 233-8, but Hungerford chased this down to win by five wickets.

It was a disappointing day for north Hampshire sides in Division Three North, with three of the four teams suffering defeat.

Overton were the one exception. They were dismissed for 203 but hit back to restrict hosts East Woodhay to 171-9, winning by 32 runs.

Whitchurch are in danger of being relegated after losing by seven wickets at Michelmersh & Timsbury, failing to defend their all-out total of 174, while Hook and Newnham Basics III were bowled out for 116 and lost by nine wickets at Andover II.

Hartley Wintney II were on the end of a big defeat, going down by 143 runs at Petersfield. The hosts made 323-4 and while Jonathan Kerr hit 61, Hartley could only reach 180-9.

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