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Weather denies Basingstoke and North Hants victory over title rivals
FOR the second time this season rain stopped Basingstoke and North Hants chalking up another impressive home victory.
The last time was against Langley Manor. This time it was title rivals Hursley Park that escaped.
Basingstoke won the toss and elected to field, Martyn James (3-22) opening up with a maiden.
The visitors had only reached six when Ryan Connor (3-55) struck to remove opener Jamie Cook (4).
James then accounted for star Australian batsman Jamie Eccles (11), trapped leg before as Hursley reached 34-2 after 10 overs.
Connor and James continued to dominate as another dangerman, Raman Prendergast, was caught behind by Lawrence Benge to give Connor his second wicket.
James struck again to remove opener Tom Tennant (23), leaving the visitors 49-4 as rain brought a halt to the game after 56 minutes.
An hour later, just after three o’clock, play resumed with Connor and James completing their 10-over spells, accounting for two more batsmen – Joe Theobald went for a duck and then James caught Chris Wheeler (12) to make it 63-6 after 18 overs.
Hursley captain Oli Green and Matt Oliver set about increasing the run rate, but Dave Pistorius (1-29) bowled tightly as only 17 came off his first five overs.
It was left to Matt Thankachan (1-24) to bowl Oliver (24) and then Pistorius (1-29) removed Nick Wheeler (10) thanks to a sweet stumping from Lawrence Benge.
Basingstoke skipper Dan Coombs (2-26) snapped up the last two wickets. First he bowled Derek Manning (11) and next ball had last man Tom Burns caught behind for a duck. It left Green unbeaten on 43 with his side all out for 156 after 43.3 overs.
Basingstoke were in a hurry with their reply, but lost Mo Rizwan (8) with just 27 on the board.
After 10 overs the home side had already reached 59 with Andy Fulton (42) looking in good nick – until his 39-ball knock, which included six fours, was ended soon after.
Chris Froud and Coombs kept the scoreboard ticking over until rain caused at halt after 12.2 overs with Basingstoke on 75-2 and they only needed 81 off 25 overs for victory.
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