ANDOVER Cricket Club will start their quest to return to the Southern League Premier Division, with a home game against Calmore Sports this summer.

Last year, the London Road side finished the season really well and ended up finished fourth with a record of 10 wins and seven losses.

Only champions Hook and Newnham Basics, second placed Sparsholt and third placed Portsmouth finished above them.

Andover’s high spot last season was beating champions Hook, one of only two losses they suffered on their way to the title and at the time ended their perfect start to the campaign.

The leaders arrived at London Road after six straight wins, but left resounding beaten by 93 runs in the north Hampshire derby clash.

Matt Hooper (58), Lewis McManus (49) and Charlie Ayers (45) helped the home side to 252-9.

The visitors were then bowled out for 159 inside 39 overs as Ayers led the way with 4-48.

Andover first team’s full Southern League Division One fixtures for this coming summer are as follows:

May 2 – Calmore Sports (h)

May 9 – Portsmouth (a)

May 16 – Sarisbury Ath (h)

May 23 - Rowledge (a)

May 30 – New Milton (a)

June 6 – Sparsholt (h)

June 13 – Totton & Eling (a)

June 20 – Basingstoke (h)

June 27 – St Cross II (a)

July 4 – Calmore Sports (a)

July 11 – Portsmouth (h)

July 18 – Sarisbury Ath (a)

July 25 – Rowledge (h)

August 1 – New Milton (h)

August 8 – Sparsholt (a)

August 15 – Totton & Eling (h)

August 22 – Basingstoke (a)

August 29 – St Cross II (h)

Andover’s second string will also be at home in their opening game of next season in the Hampshire League Division One.

They will entertain Easton and Martyr Worthy on Saturday, May 9.

Meanwhile, Longparish are away in the same division on the opening day of the campaign.

They will travel to Dorset to take on the newly promoted Bournemouth’s second team.

A week later, they have their first home game when they entertain Alton seconds.

Andover face a trip to Longparish in the final weekend of the season August 29, which could prove to vital to one or both club’s promotion hopes.

Newly promoted to Hampshire League Division Three North, Wherwell will start this summer at home with a visit from OTs and Romsey’s third string.