BASINGSTOKE and North Hants have their third skipper of the summer with David Griffiths now taking over.

Mitch Stokes, who has now retired started the summer as captain, before Ben Thane took over the mantle, but a bad ankle injury is set to rule him out for at least a couple of weeks, if not longer, so Griffiths has taken on the job.

The former Hampshire man will be hoping to steer the Bountymen away from the basement of the Southern League Premier Division. In what will be a second half relegation dogfight with Alton and Bournemouth, in which only one side will be relegated.

Basingstoke did not help themselves with this aim last weekend, as they lost at Bournemouth by six wickets.

New captain Griffiths said: "Against Bournemouth we batted well and got over 200, but for once this season we did not bowl well and this cost us."

"We will take the positives from the game in our batting and now look to combine this with our bowling this week.

He added: "I am confidence in the players we have at the club and last year we beat every team in this league.

"We still have plenty of time with only game gone in the second half of the season. We have to knuckle down and get some results."

This Saturday, will be no easy task as title chasing South Wilts make the trip to May's Bounty.