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Bad day at the office for Basingstoke and North Hants
BASINGSTOKE and North Hants suffered a bad day as the office as they suffered only their second defeat of the season in Southern League Division Two.
They went down by eight wickets at OTs and Romsey as they never recovered from being 5-3 early on in the contest after winning the toss and deciding to bat.
Skipper Dan Coombs (33) and Craig Williamson (13) moved the score past 50, but another clutch of wickets saw the Bountymen slump to 53-6.
It was then left to the tail, with Callum Coombs scoring an impressive unbeaten 19 along with Lawrence Benge (20) and Ryan Connor (14), which helped them reach an all-out score of 138.
Martyn James (2-37) made early inroads, but an unbroken third-wicket stand of 94 between Jody Brown (46) and Charlie King (45) made sure of the victory.
Talking after the game, captain Coombs said: “It was a pretty disappointing performance as there was nothing wrong with the pitch. In the end we did well to get 138.
“They rolled the pitch at the break, which seemed to make it better, but in the end we were totally outplayed and maybe it is a wake-up call ahead of our final game.”
The second XI also suffered defeat in their final home game against South Wilts, losing by 29 runs after the visitors were bowled out for 185 as Chris Chandler (3-34) was among the wickets.
Opener Richard Vinn (38) and Brad Neal (37) did their best for the Bountymen as they were all out for 156.
Despite the loss, the side are now safe from relegation ahead of their last day trip to Havant II.
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