BASHLEY took seven wickets in the pre-lunch session before bowling out Basingstoke & North Hants for a modest 151 at the BCG.

Michael Porter struck an unbeaten half-century as Bashley went on to win by six wickets to climb to second place in the Premier Division table, writes Mike Vimpany.

Teenage left-armer Brad Currie (4-45), Dan Goodey (2-35) and Mitch Wilson (2-16) made early inroads for Bashley, who had the visitors struggling at 26 for four after being put into bat.

Former South Africa under-19 captain Sibs Makhanya (24) and Brad Neal (15) rallied but, by lunch, the Bountymen were deep in the mire at 97 for seven with only Max Harsham of the recognised batsmen left.

The teenager batted either side of the break, playing some elegant whippy shots off his legs on his way to 58, an innings which helped Basingstoke reach a second batting bonus point at 151 (Josh Digby 2-28).

Dorset all-rounder Digby (26) and teenager Alex Turner overcame a hostile opening spell from David Griffiths and eased Bashley to 38 without loss before Mitch Stokes (3-29) triggered a mini-collapse which saw three wickets fall for 18 runs.

But in-form Tom Jacques (30) calmed any nerves in the home camp and set the platform for Porter to crack a match-sealing 59 not out, including the winning hit, a huge six over mid-wicket and out of the ground.

The victorious Porter said: “We always look to bowl first and the overhead conditions made it perfect for Brad (Currie) and Dan (Goodey), who got the top order out of the way.

“TJ (Tom Jacques) is looking in good nick at the moment and, after he was out, I was able to finish the job. It was a very pleasing performance.”