ANDOVER'S incredible winning run came to a crashing halt this weekend as they were bowled over by their Division One title rivals Sarisbury.

The London Road side fell to a 132 run defeat at the home of the new league leaders on Saturday, ending their run of six successive games in the Southern Premier Division One.

Babu Veetill's four wickets and some tight bowling from Mike Adams helped Andover to keep their opponents innings down to a respectable total of 227-7.

However it was the performance of Andover's usually reliable batting lineup that proved their undoing as they were bowled out for just 95 runs.

Matt Knight (16*) and a surprise 14 for eleventh man Danny Foy were the only two scores of note.

The win comes a week after Andover recorded an impressive derby win over local rivals Basingstoke.

The London Road side posted a score of 248-9 against their mid-table visitors after captain Matt Hooper lost the toss and was asked to bat first.

Openers Storm Green (51) and Ali Hooper (34) got Andover off to a good start with the former in particularly impressive form.

The left-handed Army and Combined Services batsman plundered a six and seven fours on his way to his half century.

Meanwhile Hooper was in typically belligerent form, racing to a quick 34 before being caught behind off the spin bowling of Thankachan.

In-form pair Glyn Treagus and James O’Gorman continued to push the Nordlock sponsored side on following the departures of Green and Hooper.

When Treagus was caught for 30, Andover looked solid on a strong total of 141-3.

O’Gorman pushed on to 47 before being clean bowled by Connor, again falling narrowly short of another half century.

The batsman now sits on 436 runs for the season, only 70 runs behind Division One top scorer Basil Akram.

Max Souter and Josh Ballantine-Dykes both fell quickly but captain Hooper (18*) and Matt Knight (28) steadied the ship and guided Andover to a solid score of 230-8.

Knight’s dismissal brought out Mike Adams, who could only notch a solitary run, before fellow bowler Babu Veettil bludgeoned 14 off five balls to bring Andover’s total up to 248-9.

In reply Basingstoke raced off to a good start in a similar fashion to Andover with Belcher (30) and Williamson (29) both finding the boundaries with regularity.

Hooper tactically introduced spin into the attack with himself and New Zealander O’Gorman replacing Adams and Veettil early on.

The change had immediate impact with Williamson edging into the hands of Matt Knight off the bowling of O’Gorman.

Hooper then dismissed the dangerous Stokes for only one run courtesy of a well-judged catch by Ballantine-Dykes in the deep.

The visitors continued to nudge along at four runs an over and Hooper continued to rotate his bowlers well.

The game was finely balanced at the halfway stage when O’Gorman struck again to reduce Basingstoke to 97-3 off 25 overs.

Despite Andover holding the advantage, Basingstoke danger man Will Phillips (89*) remained at the crease and continued to resist their strong bowling attack.

Leg-spinner Danny Foy bowled another excellent spell, picking up a wicket for his efforts and only leaking 30 runs.

However it was the reintroduction of pace duo Adams and Veettil that led to the demise of Basingstoke as the pair picked up four wickets between them, with Adams claiming three.

Phillips battled on with the tail, but with nine wickets down and 18 runs needed off the final over Andover looked in control.

The batsman hit Veettil’s first ball for four and claimed two off the next but an ambitious attempt at a run on the next ball ended in disaster for the visitors.

Phillips put a thin edge down to Green at third man and the opener’s arm proved accurate as he clipped the wicket to run out Connor and end Basingstoke’s innings 10 shy of their target.