HARTLEY Wintery cruised to an eight wicket over Basingstoke and North Hants in the Finch Group Guy Jewell Cup at May’s Bounty on Sunday in front of a big crowd.

The game took a little longer than expected due most at the game watching the amazing Ashes Test victory on the TVs in the bar.

Once that had finished, Hartley took just over 13 overs to polish off the 113 runs needed for victory.

The visitors never looked back after opener Will Kerr and Harry Broderick smashed 30 off the first three overs, two of which were bowled by Basingstoke skipper David Griffiths.

Soon after, Broderick was the first man out caught just inside the boundary rope by Harry Smith for 20 off the bowling of Rakitha Perera.

This brought Jason Knibbs to the centre and along with Kerr they took the score to 63 at which point Kerr was bowled by Ash Neal for 22.

Knibbs was then joined by man of the match Scott Baldwin who dispatched his first ball for four and also hit a couple of sixes nearly into Bounty Road.

Along with Knibbs they moved the score along rapidly and it left to Knibbs to win the game with a six as Hartley finished on 118-2.

Baldwin being unbeaten on 36 and Knibbs on 33.

Earlier in the contest, Basingstoke got off to the worst possible start as George Metzger was caught by Will Kerr off the very first ball bowled by Jamie Teale (2-17).

Hartley continued to make the home side work hard for their runs and Max Harsham (13) departed being caught of the first ball of the sixth over bowled by Broderick.

Top scorer Brad Neal tried to up the run rate hitting a six and then a four, before Roy Cockram clean bowled him.

With half there 10 overs gone Basingstoke were 57-3 and they were just unable to move the run rate on as wickets continued to fall.

Richard Vinn (10) was fourth man out to caught and bowled from Knibbs.

Griffiths was then the next to go as he mis-timed a shot and the ball flew up into the air and back into the waiting gloves of Hugh Hammond which gave Teale his second wicket.

With 15 overs gone the score had moved to 83-5 and Ashley Neal (19) and Joshua Coombs (12) so nearly got the team into three figures, but Neal fell as he tried to hit the ball to the boundary, but instead found Anthony Parson.

Coombs was then the seventh man out to the best catch of the game from Kerr catching the ball over his shoulder, when earned the Hartley skipper the magic moment award and gave Cockram his second wicket.

Cockram and Kerr was then involved in the final Basingstoke to fell that of Matt Thankachan thanks to a throw from Kerr into Cockram at the stumps.

Soon after the innings finished on 112-9.

Victorious Hartley skipper Will Kerr said: “It was a great bowling and fielding performance from the boys we gave them nothing. We then batted really well to win the cup.”

The winning Hartley team was Will Kerr, Harry Broderick, Jason Knibbs, Scott Baldwin, Will Ross, Jamie Teale, Dan Reynaldo, Anthony Parson, Roy Cockram, Hugh Hammond and Jonny Kerr.