Hewitt plots Dons safety route

Dan Hewitt
Dan Hewitt
Rilee Rossouw on the way to his century today.  Picture: Neil Marshall.

Rossouw end his Ageas barren run with century

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Dan Hewitt admits that Hambledon are in ‘a spot of bother’ after a worrying run of results in Southern Electric division one has left them in relegation trouble.

But while their league form continues to raise concerns, they will be bidding to extend their fine ECB Village Knockout Cup run into the quarter-finals as they host Wraysbury in the last 16 encounter on Sunday.

The Dons have now suffered four straight losses and have slipped to fourth from bottom in the Southern Electric division one table.

But they know they need a victory as they entertain rock-bottom Hartley Wintney tomorrow, before their cup showdown 24 hours later.

Hewitt said: ‘We know we need to win this one to get things going.

‘We’ve had four straight losses and we’ve put ourselves in a spot of bother.

‘It’s a long way from panic stations but there is no time like the present to turn things around.

‘Then Sunday is the big one. We have no idea what they do well as a side so the plan is to stick to our own disciplines and worry about what we do.

‘Home advantage is a big advantage but anything can happen on the day.’

Elsewhere in division one, Sarisbury Athletic travel to Andover with skipper David Banks facing a disciplinary hearing next week at the Ageas Bowl.

Banks has been hauled up before the panel after last week’s controversial victory at Liphook & Ripsley and will answer charges of showing dissent and failing to control his players.

But Banks is keen to put his side of the story after a heated disagreement with the umpires win spoiled a competitive game.

He said: ‘I’m looking forward to having my say on some of the issues that were brought up.

‘A few things need addressing and people can have a one-sided view on what went on.

‘Things need to be said and someone has to stand up and say it.

‘But I won’t let it affect our cricket at all.’

Burridge, who despatched Sarisbury in the T20 Cup semi-final last Sunday, host Fawley and are full of confidence as they continue to chase the league leaders.