BASINGSTOKE and North Hants suffered another defeat to remain bottom of the Southern League Premier Division, as they lost at home to visiting Lymington by 93 runs.

The Bountymen made three changes to the side, which was defeated the week before, with Max Harsham, Steve Bucksey and Josh May coming in for skipper Ben Thane, Jordan Hobday and Lawrence Benge, so Dan Belcher took over as captain.

Lymington skipper Matthew Metcalfe won the toss and elected to bat.

This proved a good move as openers Ben Rogers and Dominic Hand (20) put on 67 for the first wicket.

Brad Proteous (1-50) parted the pair, as he bowled Hand and then Tom Allam (3-34) got amongst the top order.

He had Ryan Scott (12) caught behind by May, the first of three catches for the wicketkeeper and he also had Gareth Schreuder (4) caught by Joe Oates.

David Griffiths then joined the attack and removed the key wicket of Rogers.

The opener’s fine knock of 72, included 14 fours and lasted 57 balls.

The former Hampshire man then sent back Harry Fisher (6) to the pavilion and Allam bagged his third wicket as Oliver Calcott was caught by May.

At 127-6, the home side looked in a good position, but the Lymington tailenders added valuable runs, built around 32 from Daniel Cox.

Along with Darren Cowley (17) they added 45 for the seventh wicket and by the time Cox departed ninth man out the score was past 200.

Two late wickets from Ash Neal (2-31) saw the visitors bowled out for 214 in the 64th over.

This left the Bountymen with 57 overs to reach their total and once again they were soon in trouble as they slumped to 29-5, with only Max Harsham (10) making double figures of the top five.

This was thanks to Metcalfe (3-24) and Josh Proctor (3-35).

Griffiths (47) and Allam (12) moved the score to 50, before Allam departed.

Griffiths and Oates (29) did get the score into three figures, but a late spell from Daniel Cox (2-9) sealed the home side’s fate.

He ended Griffiths’ 104-ball innings at the centre which saw him hit six fours and he also took the last wicket thanks to wicketkeeper Harry Fisher’s fifth catch of the innings, which saw the Bountymen bowled out for 121.

This Saturday, Basingstoke have a long journey for a basement battle at Bournemouth.