Dons downed by ruthless Sarisbury

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Dan Goldstraw and Ricky Rawlins destroyed Hambledon as Sarisbury Athletic continued to blaze the trail at the top of Southern Electric Premier League division one.

The Dons were shot out for just 88 with a dreadful batting display as Goldstraw helped himself to four wickets for 19 and Rawlins nabbed two for 18.

While Dan Hewitt’s side were shorn of several first-teamers, only Roscoe Thattil (31) got more than 10 as Hambledon succumbed inside 28 overs.

Unsurprisingly, Sarisbury made light work of the run-chase, needing less than 14 overs as Rawlins (44 not out) led the way to an eight-wicket win.

Elsewhere in division one, Burridge sealed a 25-run win over New Milton as Richard Kenway (85) was the key man in their 202 for nine.

Brother Derek Kenway then led the way with the ball (three for 26) as New Milton were bowled out for 177.

In division two, United Services were on the wrong end of a last-over loss as they went down to Langley Manor.

Lee Carroll’s side looked nailed on for the win as they registered a healthy 260 for eight as Damian Carson (49) and Chris Rait (49) shone.

US then looked certainties to finish the job when they had their opponents 195 for eight – still 66 runs short.

But Langley Manor’s ninth-wicket pair excelled as Carroll’s bowlers struggled.

And the hosts scrambled home with one ball to spare.

Carroll said: ‘We made a mess of it again.

‘We’re just not being ruthless enough.

‘We did well with the bat to get to 260, which we were quite happy with.

‘Once we had them 195 for eight, they had a couple of lads who batted well but we should have won the game from there.

‘It’s another game we should have won and we haven’t.’

In the premier division, Ventnor were knocked off top spot after their three-wicket loss to Hampshire Academy.

Jake George (85) was Ventnor’s star in their 238 all out.

Joe Weatherley (99) fell one short of his century as Travis Head picked up four for 66.

But the Academy got over the line.