Dons wreck Sarisbury dreams

Joe Collings-Wells  Picture: Mick Young
Joe Collings-Wells Picture: Mick Young
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Hambledon yet again put a spanner in the Southern Electric division one title race as they beat Sarisbury Athletic in another thriller.

Just a week after defeating leaders New Milton by five runs, the Dons edged another remarkable game – this time to win by just four runs.

The Ridge Meadow outfit collapsed from 82 for three to 129 all out as Nono Pongolo (37 not out) top-scored, while Keiran Geyle (four for 21) starred with the ball for Sarisbury.

But in tricky batting conditions, Hambledon then produced a stirring fightback, with Pongolo (two for 18), and Mark Woodman (three for 34) reducing Sarisbury to 75 for eight.

Mark Miller (34 not out) apeared to be steering his side home, but when Phil Jewell was run out by Dom Humphrey, the Dons had their second big scalp in successive weeks.

It leaves Athletic’s promotion hopes hanging by a thread after leaders New Milton won to stay top.

In the premier division, Havant registered a four-wicket win over Hampshire Academy.

The Academy were undone by Ben Walker (four for 23) and Chris Morgan (three for 17) as they were bowled out for 140.

And Havant’s Rob Gibson (31) and Pete Hopson (28), ensured there weren’t too many scares.

Burridge are starting to look doomed in their battle to avoid the drop from the premier division as they were crushed by 100 runs by Bashley.

The New Forest outfit hit 303 for five and Burridge never looked like chasing it down, with only Alex Styles (69) making any headway.

Ventnor also enjoyed a big win as they eased past Alton by 98 runs.

Third-from-bottom Havant II are now deep in relegation trouble in division two as they went down to an eight-wicket loss to bottom club Langley Manor.

In division three, Portsmouth & Southsea remain bottom after their 25-run defeat to Fair Oak.

Waterlooville’s Warren Ekstraal hit a fine unbeaten century (123 not out) and James Scutt just missed out on three figures (98) to help them to 315 for three and secure victory by 89 runs over Basingstoke II.