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Basingstoke and North Hants look to secure first title in 34 years
BASINGSTOKE and North Hants will be hoping to end their first season in Southern League Division Two in style and win their first league crown in 24 years.
Skipper Dan Coombs has an even more special reason to want to win the title as it will be his final game for the club before he moves to Australia.
The Bountymen have been in pole position for most of the season and only one team, Hursley Park, can deny them top spot.
Basingstoke finish their season with a visit from Paultons as they look to maintain their 100 per cent record at May’s Bounty, while Hursley Park entertain OTs and Romsey.
The Bountymen suffered a rare defeat last weekend at Romsey, but Hursley also slipped up at Totton and Eling II.
As a result, the title will be decided on the final day of the season.
Basingstoke welcome Graham Porter and spin king Matt Thankachan back. Along with Martyn James, Ryan Connor and Dave Pistorius, they form the best bowling attack in the league.
Looking ahead to the final game Coombs said: “It has been a great team effort all season and we now want to finish the job off in style at home.
“Being my last game I would love to sign off as skipper by taking them to the title.”
Massive plus He added: “Having our five top bowlers will be a massive plus and being at home we know how to bowl on our pitch.”
The skipper is not taking the win for granted, even though the Bountymen beat Paultons by five wickets earlier in the season, having bowled them out for 163.
Coombs said: “Paultons are a dangerous side, as they have proved this season by their record.
“We go into game looking to produce a performance that shows we deserve to be champions.”
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