ANDOVER slipped to seventh in the Southern League Division One after they lost by 71-runs in the north Hampshire derby game against visiting Hook and Newnham Basics.

The visitors were put into bat by the home side and made them pay, as they scored 269-5 and then bowled the home side out for 198.

Returning Ben Thane (66) led the run charge for Hook and along with fellow opener Kieran Thomson (25) they made a solid start putting on 48 for the first wicket.

Thane and and Jordan Hobday (61) kept the scoreboard ticking over as they added a century stand for the second wicket, before Thane was the second man out.

Hobday and captain Matt Love (56) moved the score past 200 at London Road.

Love was bowled by Luke Graham with the final ball of the innings as Hook posted an impressive 269-5 from their 50 overs.

Babu Veettil was the most successful Andover bowler with two wickets, but at a price as he conceded 72 runs.

The home side’s reply got off to an excellent start as openers Ali Hooper (54) and Glyn Treagus (46) put on 97 for the first wicket.

The introduction of spinner Kevin Poulter (2-16) saw him bowl Hooper and end what could have been a match winning partnership.

Treagus and Will Arnold (15) moved the score to 128, before Rhodes Franklin (4-41) struck and next man in James O’Gorman lasted just three balls before he was run out.

Matt Knight (13) and Treagus got the home side to 147-3, but four runs later they had lost six wickets and the writing was on the wall with Treagus the fifth man out trapped leg before by Poulter.

The only other player to make it into double figures was Max Souter (14) as Andover were bowled out for 198. This weekend, Andover are at home again and should bounce back to winning ways as lowly Totton and Eling make the trip to London Road.