ANDOVER Cricket Club fell to their second league defeat of the season after a closely-fought two wicket loss to Sarisbury.

Andover welcomed the Fareham-based side to London Road, looking for a win against a team much fancied to win the league this season.

The visitors won the toss and with some heavy overnight rain and moisture in the air, they elected to take to the field.

Andover opener Ali Hooper was caught early on, and was soon followed by Will Arnold, leaving oversees star James O’Gorman and the evergreen Glyn Treagus (104) to build a partnership.

The pair looked in excellent form until O’Gorman chipped to midwicket for 16.

Martin Roberts and Matt Hooper both went for single figures leaving Andover on a perilous looking 87-5.

However, Matt Knight and the remaining Treagus steadied the ship, with the later going on to score an impressive century – the club’s first of the summer.

However, Andover tumbled in last over, with Sarisbury seamer Josh Hill even taking a hat-trick as they ended on 208-8.

Sarisbury started their chase slowly due to good bowling from Babu Veetil and Mike Adams.

Veetil would grab another two wickets throughout the innings, taking out Toby Mitcheson and trapping Josh Hill lbw.

However, a strong batting performance from opener Ryan Covey (91*), well supported by Matt Journeaux (35) and Harry Hovey (29), helped Sarisbury over the line with two wickets to spare.

Andover played Old Tautonians and Romsey away on Saturday.