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No fun in the sun for Andover CC
5:00pm Tuesday 17th June 2014 in Sport
Bournemouth v Andover.
Andover ended their winning run with a hard fought defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday.
The home side were relegated from the Premier Division last season and are looking to gain promotion back to the top flight so were always going to be a tough test for the town side.
With skipper Mike Adams away due to work commitments, it was left to vice captain Dave Taylor to do the honours but he lost the toss and was asked to field.
The experienced former pro did not let this phase him however as he produced a rip snorting opening spell of bowling, taking three key wickets for just 20 runs off his ten overs.
He was well supported by Ed Duckworth, Tim Lewis and Luke Graham who all took a wicket but the mature Bournemouth batting line up were not phased and an excellent middle order partnership between Dave Kidner and George Russell, both scoring half centuries, nudged the total over the 200 mark and they closed on 218 which appeared to be slightly over par and a very competitive total.
A slightly weaker batting line up was named due to the injured Ali Hooper and Max Souter both being unavailable and their big hitting was sorely missed at key times.
Openers Taylor and Glyn Treagus got off to a shaky start when Taylor was dismissed early and was soon followed by South African Byron Haycock.
A rebuild started with Treagus steadily progressing past his first half century and Robbie Hadfield manipulating the field in his trademark fashion.
At 90-2 at the half way stage, the run chase needed to kick on and that never really happened as Treagus, Hadfield, Matt Knight and Tim Lewis were dismissed.
Some late swashbuckling strikes from Duckworth and Graham was not enough to get Vision Express sponsored Andover over the line as they fell 30 runs short.