AMPORT Cricket Club continue to languish in the bottom half of the Hampshire Cricket League County Division Two after throwing away a winning position in their 98-run defeat to Compton and Chandler’s Ford.

This is despite an impressive 10 over spell of bowling from opener Adie Holewell (pictured left), who took two wickets for just seven runs.

Amport faced a difficult task from the off against a good Compton side, who have lost just one of their seven games so far this season.

H o wev e r Holewell’s tight bowling got the home side off to a good start.

And with Martin Cook (2-42) also in good form, Amport reduced their opponents to just 75-4 at the half-way stage.

The second string bowlers could not keep up the pressure however and a good partnership of 80 between Palmer and Deacon swung the game quickly back in Compton’s favour.

The visitors ended on a respectable 238-9.

Amport’s reply started well with Dan Holewell (28) and Alex Ayers (20) helping the hosts to 67-2 off 15 overs.

However another middle order collapse by Amport would eventually gift Compton the game.

Nick Bone (31) and bowler Rory Griffin (16) provided some resistance as the remaining order fell for single figure scores.

Amport were eventually bowled out for just 170 runs as Compton ran away with a 98-run win.

Amport need to get back to winning ways but face a long journey to Bournemouth for their next league fixture on Saturday.

Meanwhile, newly promoted County Division One side Andover II continued their difficult season with a seven-wicket defeat to table toppers Alton II.

However the rock bottom side performed admirably, in a game much tighter than the scores suggest.

Andover were sent out to bat first and young opening pair Harri Williams (39) and Max Romer-Lee made steady progress against the experienced Alton attack.

Romer-Lee continued to hit boundaries on his way to an impressive 39 before he was taken out by Alton spinner Tom Paul.

The spinner cut through Andover’s top order on his way to a five-wicket haul.

The lower order rallied well to take the score to 171 all out, with good contributions for Andrew Duckworth (22), Kelum Watt (20) and Dave Webb (14*).

Andover opening bowler Jansen (0-11) bowled a tight 10 overs while Duckworth, returning from a gap-year, performed well with figures of 1-36.

However the Alton opening pair did most of the damage with a stand of 110.

Olly Cox finally made the breakthrough with a run-out and then a catch off the bowling of Phil Knight.

Duckworth picked up his wicket late on but Alton reached their target of 172 in the 47th over.