A DOMINANT century from Glyn Treagus reignited Andover's Southern Premier League Division One title hopes as they recorded a 71 run win over Totton and Eling on Saturday.

The experienced batsman crunched an unbeaten 132 off 120 balls, notching 20 fours and a six in the process, to keep Andover within touching distance of league leaders Sarisbury going into the final two games of the season.

After a disappointing defeat away to fellow title rivals Hook in their previous fixture, Andover needed to bounce back quickly in order to keep their title dream alive.

The Lions brought in debutant Ben Black and youngster Aiden Jansen to face a Totton side, rock bottom of Division One, with just two wins this season.

The day started with a rain-delay, which eventually led to officials reducing the game to a 45 over match.

When the game did get underway captain Matt Hooper won the toss and sent Totton into the field.

Opening duo Ali Hooper (75) and Will Arnold (8) both struck two boundaries each in the first two overs before Arnold was bowled by a dangerous in-swinger from Ollie Perrin.

This made way for Treagus, who has impressed all season, racking up over 600 Southern Premier League runs this summer.

He and Hooper entertained the big Totton crowd to a boundary-strewn 120 run stand in just 20 overs.

Hooper raced to his half-century in 40 balls, striking 10 fours and taking the game to the Totton new ball attack.

Treagus wasn’t far behind Hooper and was soon bringing up his fifty with a flurry of boundaries, dominating the spin.

Hooper was eventually dismissed for 75, superbly caught at first slip.

However with the score on 156 and still 20 overs remaining, a big total was in sight.

What followed as a small mid order collapse as James O’Gorman (0), Craig Ross (3) and Martin Roberts (8) all fell in quick succession.

This gave Matt Hooper the opportunity to have some extended time at the crease.

Hooper (34) and Treagus flayed the Totton bowling to all parts putting on a rapid-fire 80 run partnership in the final 10 overs to propel Andover to a daunting 279-5 off their 45 overs.

Andover's opening bowlers, Mike Adams and Aiden Jansen started well, attacking with pace and accuracy.

Both took a wicket each thanks to good catches from stand-in wicket keeper Roberts.

The Totton chase rested on overseas professional Mark Mbofana and Ollie Perrin who have scored the bulk of the team’s runs this season.

Leg spinner Danny Foy soon removed Mbofana with a well disguised top spinner, trapping him LBW and Sharma was run-out by Matt Hooper.

This left the game resting on Totton leading run-scorer Perrin.

He battled on courageously, playing some nice shots for his 65, but with an ever-increasing required run-rate, the pressure was on to play a shot a ball before running out of partners.

Ben Black was the man to remove him with an aggressive short ball that beat Perrin for pace and he popped up to O’Gorman to take the catch.

Black’s first wicket on his debut was a moment to celebrate as he all but sealed the victory for the town side.

O’Gorman was brought on and immediately mopped up two wickets before the heavens opened at 40 overs and play was abandoned.

Totton required 245 from their reduced 40 overs and were well short with only 169-7, giving Andover the victory and a crucial 20 points in the process.

With results above them going their way, Andover leapfrogged back up to second in the league and set up a tense climax to the season.

The fate of the title remains in Sarisbury's hands however, and Andover will need a slip up from them in their final two games if they are to snatch the title.

Andover face bottom half side Rowledge on Saturday in their final home game of the season at London Road.