Bashley (Rydal) overcome local rivals Lymington

Southern Premier League: Premier Division

Lymington I   183                                   Bashley (Rydal) I 185-6

Bashley seem to have the bragging rights these days as Lymington again succumbed to a good all round performance from the 2019 SPL champions. It was again a cold damp day but not as bad as in previous games but still hardly cricket season weather! Thanks to the efforts of the Bashley ground staff with an early morning start this was one of only two Premier Division fixtures that were played and the game even started on time.  

Lymington were captained by Terry Crabb given the continued absence of Matt Metcalfe who might have expected to take a few wickets on a damp pitch favourable to seamers. Losing the toss, Lymington were inevitably put into bat. They got off to a good start, helped by a few dropped catches, with the openers Terry Crabb ( 28) and Ben Rogers (35 with another attacking knock) putting on 68 for the first wicket. The Bashley bowlers then ripped the heart out of the Lymington batting as 4 wickets then went down for only 8 runs. Mitchell Wilson (4-39) proved particularly difficult to handle with some lovely balls. Josh Digby (2-23) also played his part in removing early batsmen. Henry Edwards (16) and Dan Cox (33) with a patient knock steadied the ship but Lymington were finally all out in the 44th over. Rhodes Franklin (2-24) and Jacob Gordon (2-29) were the other wicket takers.

When fielding Lymington failed to take advantage of the early opportunities offered to them with openers Josh Digby (50) and Jacob Gordon (48) gaining in confidence. They put on 97 for the first wicket before Josh Proctor had Jacob caught behind by keeper Luke Mortimore. Captain Michael Porter (25) then shared a partnership of 41 runs with Josh Digby. Josh was finally out after a patient knock of almost two hours as Lymington then hit back removing four batsmen for only 24 runs as paceman James Wade (3-38) returned to the attack with a spell of 3-17. However, Tom Jacques (13 not out) then steadied the ship to see Bashley home by 4 wickets.

Fixtures for this coming Saturday sees Bashley again at home, to Bournemouth, while Lymington entertain New Cross Symondians with a 11.30 start.

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