THE Pittman brothers, Sam and Rob hit half-centuries as South Wilts seconds clinched third place in Southern Electric Premier League Division 3 with a comfortable six-wicket win over Basingstoke & North Hants II at Lower Bemerton.

Wicketkeeper Sam hit 52 and spin allrounder Rob an unbeaten 58 as South Wilts chased down Basingstoke’s 173 with 11 overs to spare.

Andy Giles (56) laid anchor for Basingstoke, who lost regular wickets against Dom Ducellier (2-39), Tom Pearce (2-23), Rob Pittman (2-29) and young William Wade.

Wade jnr, who had the top scoring Bounty opener spectacularly caught by his father Rob, hit 33 off the first 59 as South Wilts progressed to 59-1 before losing Luke Hansford and Pearce cheaply.

The Pittman brothers added 38 before Sam was bowled for 52.

Elder brother Rob went on to score 58, with Owain Phillips (17) alongside, to steer the Bemerton boys home without further loss.