JON Burton's unwavering focus and determination drove Farley to a one wicket win over Mottisfont, securing the club's promotion to Hampshire County Division Three, writes PAUL ROBERTS.

Coming to the crease as Farley had slumped to 15-3 in pursuit of Font's 145-6, Burton promptly saw two more partners depart. But from 30-5, he assiduously oversaw a nailbiting chase.

At first, he simply sought to take the sting out of the Mottisfont attack, while allowing partners Sunil Shreshta (24) and Marc Burton to play with more freedom.

But when Marc Burton fell for 16 with the score on 88, the senior Burton had to take over.

Manipulating the field deftly, he saw off Font's frontline bowlers and then began to attack.

He found a willing ally in nephew Sam Burton, adding 37 in a ninth wicket stand that ended will 11 still required. However, Jon Burton (48 not out) was not to be denied and a swept boundary sealed the win with 13 balls remaining.

The tense finish came after a disciplined Farley bowling performance had kept the prolific Mottisfont batting in check.

Manny Gurung delivered an outstanding opening spell, conceding just 12 runs in his nine overs, while Sam Waters picked up four victims as Mottisfont finished on 145-6.

A win at bottom side Winton this Saturday will secure the title.

It was an altogether less dramatic afternoon at Nomansland for Farley's second team, who raced to a nine wicket win. They bowled Bramshaw 3rds out for 99, with Jake Hand claiming five wickets.

Captain Craig Burrows then calmly steered his side to victory in the 21st over.

With maximum points gained, Farley moved up to second in Regional Division Two North West ahead of the final round, which sees them entertain Redlynch and Hale thirds.