BASINGSTOKE and North Hants will start their quest for cup winning double season tomorrow evening (August 1) at Hartley Wintney.

The Bountymen will be in action against Finchampstead in the final of the Don Lynch Aylward Cup, which starts at 6pm.

It was due to played Tuesday night, but heavy rain forced the game to be put back two days.

The Aylward Cup is the first of two cup finals for Basingstoke this summer.

On Sunday, August 25 (2.30pm) they face Hartley Wintney in the final of the Finch Group Guy Jewell Cup at May’s Bounty.

The Bountymen will be hoping cup success will inspire them in the league this Saturday, when they travel to Winchester to take on St Cross looking for their first Southern League double this season.

Basingstoke beat the reigning league champions earlier in the season on home soil, in an excellent 36-run victory.

Last Saturday, Basingstoke’s home game against the Hampshire Academy in their Southern League Premier Division was called up after heavy rain on Friday night was followed by showers on Saturday morning.

This was a real shame as the team had hoped to build on their success against Burridge the week before.

Basingstoke captain David Griffiths said: “We were looking to build on the momentum from the Burridge win against the Academy, but it was not to be.

“But the guys are pumped up to play St Cross and we produced a really good all round performance against them last time.

“We are back to playing 50 over cricket, which I feel suits us more than the timed games.”