HOOK and Newnham Basics continued their march towards the Southern League Division One crown with an emphatic nine-wicket victory over visiting Sarisbury Athletic.

Sarisbury skipper Ricky Rawlins won the toss and elected to bat and soon regretted it, as Martyn James back from injury removed the top four batsmen on his way to 4-21.

Opener Rawlins being one of the four men out leaving the visitors on 24-4.

At the other end Jack Murrell bowled just as tight conceding just 29 runs but ended with no reward from his 10 overs.

Sarisbury’s Josh Hill (34) and Daniel Clouting (18) started to repair some of the damage as they added 49 for the fifth wicket.

They were parted by Liam Shore who went on to take 3-31, while Anik Divecha returned 2-15 from his 10 overs as the home side stayed in control.

Chris Sanders batting at number seven was Sarisbury’s top scorer with 36 and was the last man out as he was caught by Will Gardner off the bowling of Daniel Moore as the visitors were all out for 144.

The Hook reply was never in trouble thanks to openers Harry Robson and Moore.

Robson (66) was the only man out bowled by Tom Kitcher with the score on 129 and his fine knock of 75 balls saw him hit nine fours and two sixes.

Moore and Kieran Thomson completed off the job in 31st over, with Moore finishing on 61 not out from 99 balls in which he hit 11 fours.

Next for Hook in the league is a trip to New Milton.