Bashley overwhelm Lymington in Premier Division local derby

Southern Premier League: Premier Division

Bashley I   325-9 dec                              Lymington I 166

Bashley had an easy 159 win at Lymington in this SPL timed game on a glorious day at the Sports Ground. Both sides struggled with injuries and absent players in this mid-table derby but much better batting by Bashley and the resultant formidable total proved too much for the Lymington batters. This was despite another top performance by Lymington’s Kiwi bowler James Hartshorn who took a fifer.

Bashley captain Josh Digby opted to bat first having won the toss. Bashley got off to a poor start with two wickets down for only 33 with Ben Francis (5) bowled by Hartshorn who went on to take 5-51 and Digby (10) run out by Dan Cox. There then followed a partnership of 116 with Will Tripcony (56) in a patient, disciplined knock joined by Afghan refugee Saif Achakzai (67) in a more attacking innings that included 11 fours and one six. They were then both out quickly either side of lunch to Hartshorn and Josh Royan (1-77). This marked the arrival of Dan Goodey (88) who attacked the Lymington bowling in a 62-ball knock that included 12 fours and three sixes before he was caught in the deep by Ben Rogers off Dan Cox (2-100). Goodey was aided by Phil Morris (23) with another patient knock and Patrick Lewis (21). James Trodd (22) and George Wilson (14 not out) then made sure that the Bashley total passed 300. A hot and hard morning and afternoon for the Lymington bowlers.

Lymington never looked like getting close to the Bashley total as although most batters managed at least to play themselves in they were unable to push on and get a substantial score not helped by some poor shot selection. Bashley opening bowlers Dan Goodey (2-35) and Ben Fletcher (3-32) got early wickets dismissing both Lymington openers Terry Crabb (12) and Ben Rogers (7) with only 35 on the board. Ryan Scott (27) looked in good nick until he was out to Jo Huns (1-16). Josh Royan (21) also looked good for a while, fresh from his century in the Oxford-Cambridge Varsity match, before he was out to George Wilson (1-20). Kamran Dhariwhal (20) then became the first of spinner Josh Digby’s victims who went on to take 3-39. Dan Cox, batting at seven, for a while looked like he could at least ensure the side got a good total and pick up extra batting points. He was top scorer with 36 until he became one of three victims of keeper Patrick Lewis. Alistair Wheble was then left high and dry at the end of the innings with 18 not out as the Lymington innings subsided.

This coming weekend Lymington I are away to last season’s league champions and who currently sit on top of this season’s table, South Wilts. This is again a timed game with an 11 am start. 

Scorecard link

https://lymington.play-cricket.com/website/results/5098946

Lionel Colby

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