Good win for town Seconds

Andover Advertiser: Dan Turner was among the wickets in the Seconds big win at Steeple Langford on Saturday Dan Turner was among the wickets in the Seconds big win at Steeple Langford on Saturday

Steeple Langford v Andover II.

Andover II made it back to back wins when they beat Steeple Langford by 128 runs on Saturday.
Andover lost the toss and returning skipper Martin Roberts was surprisingly asked to bat on a pitch which proved to offer little for the bowlers as they posted 242-7 from their 45 overs.
Andover lost opener Andy Sale early on and Roberts (20) joined Sean Purchase (57) and the pair built a steady partnership before Roberts was well caught at slip off the awkward Stephens with the score on 50.
Matt Knight immediately looked at home stroking the ball to all corners and they put on 76 runs before Purchase was bowled looking to add to his tally of ten fours and a towering six.
Alex Thompson (26), Greening (13) and Ben Vail (13) supported Knight well as Andover looked to post a formidable total.
Andover scored 90 from the last ten overs, Knight finishing on 94 not out, agonisingly close to what would have been a well-deserved century.
Steeple Langford were on the back foot straight away after the interval, Jansen (1-11) picking up the early wicket of Mundy. Jansen and Greening bowled well with only the one wicket to show from a master class of swing bowling.
Dan Turner (2-29) picked up the other opener McNeilly with a sharp stumping from Thompson and the pair then struck again the following over.
Phil Knight (10-3-28-6) showed his experience as Andover turned the screw and put the game beyond Steeple Langford with only Partridge (47) offering any resistance.
Knight was in full flow as he bowled his variety of deliveries which completely bamboozled the middle order.
Vail also picked up a wicket but it was the combination of Phil and Matt Knight to finish the game as Matt took a one handed diving catch at slip.

Meanwhile the Thirds were well beaten at Alton III having been all out for 143 in 36.1 overs. Dan Du-Heaume (29), Jack McMahon (28) and Eleanor Ingram (16) got into double figures but it was all in vain as Alton III knocked the runs off in 29.3 overs.

Brendon Clarke took an early wicket but Hughes and Mason both hit undefeated half centuries in anine wicket victory.

The Fourths had a strange game with OT and Romsey IV who skittled them for jus 60 despite 23 from Jay Mann and ten from Pete Lockington.

OT’s struggled to get the runs in reply, losing six wickets to Neal Poynton (3-20) and Alex Aldridge (3-13).

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