A MAGNIFICENT seven wickets from Martyn James saw him outshine Hampshire T20 star Chris Wood, as Hook and Newnham Basics beat visiting OTs and Romsey.

On a blistering hot day Romsey skipper Charles King won the toss and decided to bat.

He was soon to regret the move as he became the first of James’ super seven dismissals.

Hampshire star Wood came in at number three but departed for a duck as James struck again thanks to catch from Jack Murrell.

Harry Tulk followed soon after caught and bowled by James.

Opener Joseph Vaughan (21) added much needed runs, before he became James’ fourth victim trapped leg before.

Tom George and Rhys Wathen were then both bowled by James and his seventh success came when Jody Brown was given out leg below.

This left the experienced seam bowler with figures of 7-24 from his 10 overs.

Despite Ian Woodall (24), Lewis Allen (12) and James Trodd (10 not out) the Romsey were bowled out for 95 in 34.1 overs.

The other Hook wicket takers were Anik Devicha (1-21) from 10 overs, Jack Murrell (1-25) from 5.1 overs and Will Gardner (1-14) from 6 overs.

Hook were now in the driving seat, but thanks to Wood (4-27) and James Trodd (3-20) they found life tough.

Wood removed three of the top four, but Daniel Moore (24 not out) proved to be their hero and along with Josh Buckingham (13) they got the scoreboard moved.

However, wickets tumbled again, before number 10 Will Gardner (11) and Moore got Hook back on track.

It was left to Moore and Divecha (12 not out) to finish off the job, for a thrilling on wicket win.

Today, Hook in action in the first round of the T20 Plate at home to Fair Oak.