11:25am Sunday 11th August 2013
By Sports editor Kerry Miller
After last week’s win at Hambledon Andover did their chances of staying in Division One of the Southern Premier League no harm on Saturday when they beat title chasing Burridge by 22 runs at London Road.
The win was based around fine knocks from Greg Dawson and Jonty Hadfield with Ed Duckworth weighing in with a crucial run a ball 24 late on which in the end tipped the balance and allowed the front line a total to defend.
Winning the toss, Andover decided to bat and lost Stu Summers early but skipper Jonty Hadfield joined Greg Dawson and they overcame the new ball with Dawson hit his stride early against his opposite overseas star Geoff Dods smacking him for 15 in one over. At drinks they were 80-1 with the final 25 overs to push on and Dawson reached his 50 with a drive for four off the wicket less Paul Ancell. Their partnership reached 160 before Hadfield was undone for a measured 62 full of his usual deft late cust and a full range of sweeps. The rest failed to kick on and support Dawson who was eventually removed for a brilliant 88 before Duckworth’s final flourish as Andover closed on 220-9.
Mike Adams, fresh from his five wicket haul last time out continued his fine form removing the dangerous Asim Choudry with his second delivery then former Hampshire player Derek joined his brother. Kenway has been a constant thorn in Andover's side over the past few seasons so the game rested on his performance. When on 13 he was nerves were obvious in the Andover camp but the introduction of Tim Lewis removed the struggling Richard Kenway caught well by Jonty Hadfield in the slips.
In the over after drinks Danny Foy removed Kenway leg before for 40 and Andover's tails were up. Robbie Hadfield made up for his earlier drop with a fantastic catch off an inside edge leaving them 90-4 and when Lewis and Hadfield combined again Andover were well on top but a partnership brewed between Dods and the Burridge captain Rick Ankers. Needing 68 to win of the last ten overs the game was on a knife edge - complicated further by the introduction of a runner and with 40 required the returning Adams removed Dods for 70 before Dawson got the struggling Ankers for 30, caught well by Matt Knight. When James Knight came back for his final three overs he immediately got a wicket and then had the experienced Ancell out cheaply off a full toss the following ball. When Adams destroyed the stumps with a yorker the following over the game was won and Andover had back to back victories. Andover need to to continue their winning ways to ensure their safety at Liphook and Ripsley on Saturday.
Skipper Hadfield pronounced himself well pleased with the result saying: “ I am Pretty chuffed as Burridge had only lost one game and are by far the strongest side in the division.”
“The last couple of weeks I have batted further up the order which has taken some of the pressre off the side and with Greg Dawson back to good form the results have come.
“Mike Adams continued his good form with some more wickets and with three games to go we need to win two to make virtually certain of staying up.”
Hartley Wintney are bottom and we play them next week which we really need to win.”
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