Another tough day for Lymington with a losing draw against Burridge

Southern Premier League: Premier Division

Lymington I   249                                   Burridge I 222-8

Lymington succumbed to a losing draw away to Burridge last Saturday in spite of a good all-round performance. They did not have the best of the conditions as the side had to bat first with a damp start to the day and the wicket offering some help to the bowlers . The result of this “Timed Game”  was decided on run rate as Lymington batted for 59 overs whereas Burridge were only allowed 51 overs.

Losing the toss yet again for the fifth consecutive league fixture, Lymington under stand-in captain Ben Rogers got off to a good start before rain intervened, holding up play for 30 minutes while the wicket offered some help to the bowlers. At last the side managed to have a good opening partnership of over 50 thanks to Rogers (29) and Kamran Dhariwal (31) before both were out. Another steady partnership of 75 between Ali Wheble (40), again holding the top and middle order together, and another good knock from Josh Royan (52) saw 75 runs scored for the third wicket. Wheble then went on to put on 72 runs for the fifth wicket as Northants championship player Gareth Berg took a liking to the Burridge bowlers with a breezy scoring 50 in just 55 balls. The innings then subsided as the last 6 wickets fell for only 35 runs. The return of opening bowler Sullivan White (4-37 in 15 overs) was responsible for most of the late damage taking three wickets. He was helped by fellow opener Daniel Stancliffe (2-65) while captain Hilio De Abreu chipped in with 2-35 with his spin.  

The Burridge reply got off to a rocky start with the innings subsiding to 44-4 largely thanks to the uncanny accuracy of Guy Layman (3-43). But the arrival of overseas player and keeper Nathan Schoultz (90) with an attacking knock that included 11 fours and three sixes in only 78 balls put a different perspective on the innings. For the fifth wicket 107 runs were put on and Schoultz was joined initially by Chris  Blake (31) until he retired hurt and then William Donald (25). Schoultz was then out to an inauspicious shot as the ball ballooned to Lymington keeper Wheble. With the return of Blake and the arrival of Daniel Staincliffe (29 not out) the momentum was maintained with Burridge staying ahead of the Lymington run rate. It was largely left to Gareth Berg (2-50) and James Hartshorn (2-76) to remove the late order batters but Lymington fell two wickets short of gaining an outright win.

This coming Saturday Lymington are looking to get their second win of the season and move up the table at home to high flying St Cross Symondians.    


Lionel Colby

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