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Chris Froud stars as Basingstoke and North Hants claim big win
TOTTON and Eling II gave Basingstoke and North Hants a real fright when they met earlier in the season, but on Saturday they were no match for the Southern League Division Two leaders and crashed to a 243-run defeat.
Having won the toss the home side put the visiting Bountymen into bat on what looked a good batting track.
Andy Fulton faced the first ball after he was run-out without facing the week before, but there was no repeat as he and fellow opener Chris Froud started well, scoring 57 off the first 10 overs and 121 off the first 20.
The pair were finally parted on 134, Fulton falling shortly after completing his half-century.
That was just a blip in the wickets column as Froud and captain Dan Coombs (47) took the score past 200 as they added 70 for the second wicket.
Froud’s century came up in 101 balls and his superb innings of 142 – the highest score of the season – came to an end after 136 balls and 24 boundaries.
Basingstoke were now hitting out and scored 97 in the final 10 overs, thanks largely to an unbeaten 43 from Martyn James off just 21 balls, including three sixes.
The Bountymen were sitting pretty on 347-6 and the target looked even more of a mountain to climb as Ryan Connor (1-7) trapped opener Azeem Hamid leg before.
Along with fellow seamer Martyn James (0-17) the pair stopped the home side in their tracks. Connor ended his seven-over spell by bowling five straight maidens.
Seamer Graham Porter (2-34) and spinner Dave Pistorius (4-35) then set about ripping out the middle order, with only Nick Jenkin showing any resistance. He managed to hit Pistorius for a six, but there were few high spots in the reply as Basingstoke’s leading wicket taker Matt Thankachan (2-8) got in on the act with another mean spell of bowling.
Having got the score into three figures, the innings was ended by a great direct hit run-out by Graham Porter to dismiss last man Oli Merritt.
It left Jenkin just short of his half-century, unbeaten on 46, as Totton were all out on 104.
The victory sets the side up nicely for next week’s top-of-the-table clash with Hursley Park.
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