‘Time-bomb’ Scutt explodes into life for Dons

James Scutt. Picture: Mick Young
James Scutt. Picture: Mick Young
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Hambledon eased their relegation fears with a convincing nine-wicket win over Hartley Wintney as James Scutt finally cashed in.

The former Dons skipper has struggled with the bat this season.

But he made up for it in style with a brilliant unbeaten 132 to lead the Dons to a vital win against their relegation rivals in Southern Electric division two.

Captain Dan Hewitt picked up for four for 51 as the home side posted 235 for nine.

But Scutt, who was labelled as a ‘ticking time-bomb’ by his skipper recently, exploded into life as he enjoyed two 118-run parterships with Joe Collings-Wells (39) and Rob Atkins (36 not out) to propel the Ridge Meadow outfit into mid-table safety.

Elsewhere in division two, Burridge arrested their recent slide with a 29-run success over Andover.

While Jamie Rood (47) was the only score of note in their lowly total of 152, Andover were then shot out for 123 in reply.

Sarisbury Athletic’s promotion hopes suffered a major dent as they went down to a 10-run home loss to rivals Hook & Newnham Basics.

Hook’s total of 153 looked well within reach but Athletic turned in an uncharacteristically poor batting display with only Pete Hammond (57) making a sizeable contribution.

United Services know their division three promotion hopes are hanging by a thread after they were bowled out for just 73 in a heavy defeat by Fawley.

Lee Carroll’s side were looking good for a promotion charge after a fine run of recent form.

But they came unstuck in spectacular fashion against the fellow high-flyers who hit 159 for nine and then tore through the Services batsmen.

Gosport Borough look destined for an immediate return to the Hampshire League after a 47-run defeat to South Wilts II.

Relegation-threatened Borough had a hefty target of 273 to chase and despite efforts from Jamie Presswell (50) and Tom Larner (58) they closed on 225.

Things are also looking bleak for Portsmouth after they went down to a five-wicket loss to St Cross II.

Ventnor, however, breathed life into their hopes of staying in the premier division with a crushing victory over Bournemouth.

Ollie Mills hit a fabulous 174 for the Islanders in their 305 for two and basement boys Bournemouth were then rolled out for a paltry 65.