Dons have fate in their own hands

Rupert Hetherington   Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Rupert Hetherington Picture: Ian Hargreaves
Rhidian Chapman. Picture Ian Hargreaves (170744-1)

Crucial Dons win can inspire survival charge

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Will Bond still believes fourth-placed Hambledon have a chance of winning promotion from Southern League division two with four games left to play.

Their fate is in their own hands as they still have to face the three teams above them in the final few weeks.

It is a testing schedule starting against second-placed Calmore Sports at Ridge Meadow tomorrow.

Bond knows, however, his team will need to show a big improvement following their heavy defeat at South Wilts II.

‘Our top-order batsmen failed to perform and we ended up being beaten by six wickets,’ said Bond.

‘It was very disappointing because we had won the five games before that.

‘We have to make sure that we get back to that standard because promotion is still possible.

‘If we can win two out of the three games against our closest rivals then we should make it.

‘This is a big game for us and we have to make sure that we are up for it.’

Hambledon make one change with Lewis Le Clerq replaced by influential bowler Rupert Hetherington.

Sarisbury Athletic can take a step closer to the division one title by seeing off lowly Rowledge at Allotment Road.

Matt Journeaux’s side will be looking to carry on where they left off against basement side Totton & Eling who were crushed by 295-runs.

Basil Akram (76), Journeaux (44), Jack Lovett (75) and Harry Hovey (91) all prospered with the bat.

Shayne Freemantle completed the rout taking five for 15 as the home side were bowled out for just 52 runs.

Aussie Fraser Hay is in excellent form for Portsmouth as they head for Basingstoke & North Hants.

The Aussie all-rounder struck 159 runs in the city club’s 57-run win over Bournemouth.

A win at Hursley Park could propel improving Gosport Borough into the top four of division three.

After coming through a difficult patch, Borough showed their quality with a 133-run derby win over Waterlooville.

Havant II host bottom of the league Ryde at Havant Park.