Remarkable low scoring game rewrites Southern Electric Premier League record books

Nick Wheeler

Nick Wheeler

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All 20 wickets fell for 112 runs in an extraordinary Southern Electric Premier League Division 1 affair at the King George V Ground, where Hook & Newnham Basics successfully defended a meagre 61 all out to beat relegated Hursley Park by ten runs.

A dry and unpredictable pitch largely contributed to the second lowest aggregate scoring game in Premier League history.

In 2008, Bournemouth were bowled out for 44 at the Green Jackets Ground, having earlier dismissed St Cross Symondians for 53.

Derek Manning (5-35) and Nick Wheeler (4-23) wreaked havoc for Hursley, reducing Hook to 38-7 before Gary Binns (20) made arguably the most most important knock of the day.

Hursley lost openers Tom Tennant and Wheeler without scoring – they were among six batsmen in the match to get ducks – and were soon 8-4, with Spencer Champ (5-28) getting three of the wickets.

Champ and left-armer Kevin Poulter (3-15) carved through Hursley’s fragile batting to leave the visitors 51 all out.

The win gives Hook a 15-point lead over second-to-bottom Fawley going into the final round of matches, when they visit fellow strugglers Andover.

If Fawley – five-wicket winners over surprise side Hambledon – can win their last game at Hursley Park, they could escape the drop.

Dean Godden (4-32) and spin pair Wayne Smith (4-26) and Elijah Turriff-Smith (2-18) whisked Hambledon out for 115 at Holbury, with Nono Pongolo (61) putting up a brave solo fight.

The popular South African heads the SPL1 batting charts with 615 runs this term.

Pongolo struck two early blows with the ball for Hambledon, but despite Ian Turner’s spell of 3-18, Fawley got in, with Andy Parratt (31) playing the key role at 76-4.

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