BASINGSTOKE and North Hants failed to continue their winning ways as they lost by four wickets at Bashley.

The home side were put into bat and were soon in trouble as they lost both openers with only 20 scored. They found home opening bowler Ben Currie too hot to handle.

Ben Thane was bowled for a duck and Dan Belcher departed for 14 trapped leg before.

Currie (3-40) struck again to remove David Griffiths, who had been promoted up the order, to leave the Bountymen on 22-3.

Fellow opener Dan Goodey then took over as he bowled Jordan Hobday (15) and had Brad Porteous (7) caught by Tom Friend as Basingstoke slumped to 42-5.

A short recovery from Mitch Stokes (8) and top scorer Brad Neal (18) was ended, as both were caught behind by Tom Jacques in quick succession, leaving the Bountymen 69 with seven wickets down.

Tom Allan (15) and Joe Oates (6) then looked to start building a useful partnership, before Goodey (6-50) bowled both in the space of one run.

As last man Lawrence Benge strolled to the centre, with the visitors still nine short of 100, but along with Ash Neal they enjoyed the best stand of the Basingstoke innings as they added 30.

The innings being ended when Benge (14) was bowled by Michael Wilson, leaving Neal unbeaten on 15 and the Bountymen all out for 121.

As this was a timed match, it left Bashley with a target of 122 in 88 overs and like Basingstoke they suffered early on.

Both their openers were back in the pavilion with 30 scored, after Ben Walker (23) was bowled by Allam and Porteous did likewise to dismiss Timothy Taylor (6).

This brought Patrick Holly (37) and Michael Porter (34) together and the pair set about building a match winning third wicket stand worth 64 runs.

The introduction of Ash Neal (2-29) and Oates (2-22) saw a mid-innings wobble, as the home side went from 110-3 to 117-6.

However, with the finish line in sight, Friend with an unbeaten 15 made sure of victory.

Today, Basingstoke are in National Cup action away at Normandy.