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Basingstoke and North Hants maintain unbeaten start to the season
BASINGSTOKE and North Hants made it two wins out on the road in the Southern League Division One, after they crushed Fawley by 133 runs.
The visitors’ captain Chris Froud won the toss and elected to bat, on what looked like a good batting track and this proved to be the case as his side amassed 329-7.
The platform for this was set by openers Andy Fulton (37) and Froud (66) as they put the opening Fawley bowlers to the sword and scored 64 from the first 10 overs, before they were parted soon after.
Top scorer Dan Coombs (79) and Froud kept the runs flowing, as they took the score to 190, before Coombs was dismissed his 80 ball knock had included nine fours.
This was first of two in two balls for Wayne Smith (3-46), as Andy Niblett departed for a golden duck as he caught behind by Kieran Earl.
Craig Williamson (27) denied Smith his hat-trick, but Froud was out soon after facing 87 balls and hitting seven fours.
Williamson and James (44) added 67 for the fifth wicket as they took the score to 262.
The last 10 overs of the innings saw Basingstoke score an amazing 109 and this was helped by James who hit two sixes and three fours in his 43 ball stay at the centre and then Graham Porter (45 not out) took up the mantle with another run-a-ball innings which saw him hit one maximum and six fours.
Having been set a target of 330 to win, Fawley started well with captain Tom Gates (38), who was limping after he was injured while fielding, and along with fellow opener Paul Marks (45) they put on 61 in the first 10 overs.
The pair were parted by Martyn James (1-41) and from then on the run rate fell away.
Graham Porter (2-28) and Andy Niblett (0-15) put the brakes on in the middle of the innings and then spin twins Dave Pistorius (2-29) and Matt Thankachan (2-35) really closed down the batting line-up as they scored at a run an over.
By the 30-over mark the home side were on 122-4, but were ready to dig in and stop Basingstoke getting maximum points from the game.
However, with five overs to go the Bountymen needed just one wicket, but thanks to Wayne Royan (45) and Wayne Smith (16) with some late boundaries, the pair saw the game out as the home side reached 196-9.
Next up for Basingstoke is a visit from Liphook, who also have won both their games this season.
Basingstoke’s second eleven also won as captain Chris Chandler hit a six to secure a three wicket win over visiting Trojans.
The visitors put into bat were bowled out for 191 as Chandler (3-31), Rakitha Perera (2-29) and Patrick Joseph (2-33) did the damage.
The home side looked in trouble at 118-6 with Lee Nurse (35) the best of the top five scorers.
The Bountymen’s tail struck around and Chandler with an unbeaten 54, which included two sixes and six fours saw them home with five overs to spare.
The second XI will look to make it a hat-trick of wins in as many weeks with a trip to Bashley this weekend.
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