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Basingstoke and North Hants wary of threat posed by Totton and Eling II
WITH four games left of the Southern League Division Two campaign, Basingstoke and North Hants are within touching distance of promotion, but they still cannot afford to slip-up.
Next in their sights is a trip to Totton and Eling II, who themselves are trying to move away from the relegation zone, but they helped their plight last weekend when they beat basement side United Services by 56 runs.
They beefed up their line-up for the victory as all-rounders Dylan Augustus and James Haggaty helped secure the victory.
The Bountymen won the first time they met Totton at May’s Bounty, but only by nine runs despite totalling 248-7, with Matt Thank-achan (59) and Craig Williamson (49) among the runs.
The visitors then scored 239-8 as Azeem Hamid (62) and Zac Miller (45) underpinned the reply.
Basingstoke skipper Dan Coombs admitted it was no easy win and said: “We have lost just one this season, but that is the closest we came to losing again.
“It was an important win as it kept our winning run going.
“We have played at Totton before this season against their first team so we know it will be a nice deck, but we don’t know who we will be up against as they may decide to draft some players in to make sure their second XI is not relegated.”
Seam bowler Graham Porter is back for Basingstoke, while George Chaffer is unavailable for the trip.
Last weekend, Basingstoke won by five wickets at bottom side Tichborne Park, but they did have a fright after losing both openers in the first over.
Coombs added: “Everyone is full of confidence at the moment and we need to win at Totton to set us up nicely for the top-of-the-table clash with Hursley Park next weekend.”
Basingstoke second XI will be looking to bounce back to winning ways after losing to Division Three leaders Portsmouth.
They entertain Bashley (Rydal) II and last time the sides met, it was a high scoring encounter with the New Forest side winning by three runs after scoring 298, which the Bountymen nearly chased down, reaching 295-7.
Included in the Basingstoke line-up is Division Three Player of the Month for July Keith Harsham who twice picked up five wickets in the month.
l Teenager Callum Coombs hit an unbeaten 134 as Basingstoke enjoyed an eight-wicket win over the touring Forty club, made up of Southern League cricketers, at May’s Bounty.
The visitors made 254-6, but that proved not enough as Andy Giles (64) and then an unbroken stand between the Coombs brothers – Dan (56) and 17-year-old Callum – saw them reach a winning score of 256-2.
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