Basingstoke and North Hants look to bounce back

Basingstoke celebrate a wicket, but their promotion chances took a blow as they lost to Fawley

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BASINGSTOKE and North Hants will look to bounce back to winning ways and maintain their 100 per cent away record when they travel to Liphook and Ripsley.

The Bountymen suffered only their second loss of the Southern League Division One campaign when they went down by two wickets to Fawley at May’s Bounty last Saturday.

Basingstoke will have to reshuffle their line-up for their trip to Liphook as both Patrick Joseph and Craig Williamson are unavailable, while overseas player Andrew Niblett has left the club by mutual consent following a meeting with the cricket committee.

The Bountymen will face a side who have slipped down the table and sit just above the relegation zone following three successive defeats in July.

Basingstoke captain Chris Froud said: “We have a few players missing, but our away form is better than our home form.

“We know they have some good players, but we know little about them as the game earlier in the season was washed out.”

The Bountymen were unable to defend their total of 228-7 against struggling Fawley last week.

Reflecting on the defeat, Froud said: “They certainly had the better of the conditions as the pitch was very wet when we started, but take nothing away from the guy who scored a ton.

“We bowled too many four balls and gave away too many extras. That cost us.

“I felt we needed a score of around 250 or 260 and this proved to be the case.”

Despite the loss, there were some positives to come out of the game, as Froud added: “Dan King bowled well today and got us back into the game with a couple of wickets.”

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