TOM Morton has his sights firmly fixed on becoming the first ECB Southern Premier Division cricketer to score 1,000 runs in a season.

His 96, scored during an 187-run opening partnership with Jack Stearman in the win over Hook & Newnham Basics, took his SPL run aggregate for the summer to 817.

So, he needs another 183 from South Wilts' remaining six matches to reach the 1,000-run milestone.

That equates to South Wilts' final time pennant all-day game against Bournemouth at Bemerton on Saturday and the five white ball 50-over matches against Bashley (Rydal), Hampshire Academy, Totton & Eling, Havant and Burridge.

Morton, arguably in the form of his life, can hardly seem go put a foot wrong at the moment as he plunders one opposition bowling attack after another.

Since making that unbeaten 150 for Wiltshire against Shropshire at Corsham on July 2, Morton has rattled off 72 (St Cross Symondians), 196 against Lymington and now 96 at Hook.

Ironically, he's missed out on a double celebration by being unable to score a boundary when he had reached 196 against Lymington, and then 96 at Hook.

But Morton will put personal gains to one side in the knowledge that, as a result of overnight leaders St Cross Symondians losing by 12 runs to Havant, South Wilts are now back on top of the Premier League.

The 113-run victory over Hook was built around the 187-run start by Morton and Jack Stearman, whose 102 was his third century in the past eight knocks.

Ben Draper (24), fresh from scoring two half-centuries for Hampshire second XI against Glamorgan in midweek, and Jack Mynott (22) chipped in as South Wilts headed towards 293-9 declared.

Fighting for points to stave off potential relegation, Hook fought hard to stave off defeat and South Wilts took until the 55th over before securing a maximum 25-point victory.

Opener Harry Warner (33) battled hard as did debutant Rupes Armstrong (36) later, but Josh Croom (3-39) and Aaryan Sen (3-34) eventually prevailed and Hook were dismissed for a creditable 180.

Elsewhere, Rob Pittman starred with bat and ball as South Wilts seconds drilled another nail in Purbrook's Southern Premier Division 3 relegation coffin.

Pittman smacked 41 off 24 balls as South Wilts posted 238-7 and later took 3-40 as Purbrook were dismissed for 148 - a 98-run defeat and their 12th in a row.

South Wilts built the early part of their innings around a half-century by Owain Phillips (59), opener Joe Cranch (30), teenager Ben Howgave-Graham (22) and Tom Bolam (33) enjoying partnerships with the top scorer.

Pittman and Nick Partridge, with two sixes in a quick-fire 29, then put bat to ball as South Wilts reached 238-7 (Brad Mengham 3-28).

Purbrook, needing a sporting miracle to avoid relegation to the Hampshire League after suffering a 12th successive defeat, are 73 points adrift of third bottom Trojans - the bottom two go down - with just six matches remaining.

James Barber (30) and Brad Mengham (27) opened with a first-wicket stand of 56, but that was as good as it got for Purbrook.

Tailender Hamid Khan (22) was third highest scorer as they were all out for 148.

Pittman took 3-40 to see him open up a three-wicket lead in the race to finish as the division’s leading wicket-taker.