HOOK and Newnham Basics, the reigning Southern League T20 Cup champions, will start their quest to be crowned national T20 champions this weekend, when they take part in the area finals.

The Hook Army will be travel to Cranleigh on Sunday, to take on the host club who were crowned Surrey champions last week, in a game which starts at 10am.

After this the Kent and Sussex champs clash as Sandwich take on East Grinstead.

The winners will then face each other for a place in the regional finals on August 18, with the finals day set for September 22.

Hook won the Southern League crown for the first time in their history on a memorable night at the Ageas Bowl last September and are looking to emulate Bournemouth, who were the last Southern League side to be crowned national T20 champions way back in 2009.

Hook skipper Josh Buckingham, who hit a match winning 84 in last year’s final said: "It should be a good challenge and some good fun for the boys. There isn't really any pressure on us, so we will just go out and play without fear."