Hook and Newnham Basics desperate to avoid relegation

Spencer Champ took five wickets in Hooks extraordinary win last week

Spencer Champ took five wickets in Hooks extraordinary win last week

First published in Sport by , Sports Reporter

SURVIVAL is the only thing on the minds of Hook and Newnham Basics CC on the final weekend of the Southern League Division One season.

Despite being seventh in the table, they could still be relegated if they lose at Andover and Fawley win their basement battle at Hursley Park.

In fact, if Andover lose and Fawley win on Saturday, Hook’s opponents will be relegated, adding even more spice to the showdown.

Hook got back to winning ways last weekend and now will look to continue this at Andover.

They played in an amazing game as they won by 10 runs against visiting Hursley Park, despite being bowled out for 61.

Opener Jordan Hobday (11) was the only one of the top order to get into double figures as they slumped to 38-7.

Gray Binns, batting at number nine, top scored with 20 from 21 balls, which included three fours. He was the last man out as the Hook innings ended in 21.4 overs.

The home side needed wickets to stand any chance of winning and opening bowlers, seamer Spencer Champ and spinner Kevin Poulter, delivered.

Champ (5-28) removed both the openers for ducks, two of six in the game.

Poulter (3-15) joined the party as Hursley slumped to 8-4.

The visitors looked in sight of victory at 43-6, but wickets from Champ, Poulter, Anik Divicha and Shane Brewer made sure they were bowled out for 51 in 24.1 overs.

This is not the lowest score in the Southern League as in 2008, Bournemouth were bowled out for 44 at the Green Jackets Ground, having earlier dismissed home side St Cross Symondians for 53.

This was Hook’s first win in four games while Andover, beaten by Basingstoke last weekend, won their last home outing against Bournemouth.

Hook skipper Matt Love said: “Last weekend we showed great character to get the victory and I hope we can do the same on Saturday.

“It has been a very frustrating season for us and now we have one game to put things right.”

Love added: “It is still in our own hands and we just have to make sure we get the win at Andover. Then we will not need to worry what happens at Hursley.”

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