Southern Premier League: Premier Division – Lymington brittle batting exposed against Bournemouth
Bournemouth I 183-7 Lymington I 165
Having started with a tight bowling performance, lacklustre batting by the middle order for the second consecutive game saw Lymington slide to a disappointing defeat against Bournemouth. Lovely summer weather at a picturesque Chapel Gate was a sign that the cricket season had finally arrived. Batting though was never easy with three players out in their 40’s.
Lymington captain Matt Metcalfe, playing his first game since September 2019, won the toss and elected to field. Matt, 2-20 in 10 overs, slotted into his normal tight groove straight away and removed two of the top four batsmen. Bournemouth slipped to 48-3 in 17 overs before Luke Webb (44) steadied the ship. Captain Chris Park (43) and Rob Pack (36 not out) then put on 52 runs for the seventh wicket but they never got on top of the Lymington bowling. Overseas player Ximus du Plooy with his off-spin impressed with 3-28 in his ten overs. The other wicket takers were Josh Proctor (1-44) and also Josh Royan (1-29) who bowled tidily at the death. Keeper Luke Mortimer had a hard time behind the stumps with the heat. The Bournemouth total of 183 in 50 overs did not seem to be sufficient.
As in the previous week, Lymington got off to a solid if unspectacular start with much playing and missing. Youngsters Luke Mortimore (27) and Dan Cox (46) put on 75 runs for the first wicket. After giving Lymington the initiative, the game then changed in spectacular fashion as Luke was unluckily run out with a direct hit from Edward Denham with only one stump to aim at. The Lymington batting then subsided as 10 wickets fell for 90 runs as bowlers Edward Denham (4-44), Jake Hurley (2-48) and Rob Pack (3-17) took control. This was in spite of some late wagging of the tail with Josh Royan (14) and Matt Metcalfe (13) after Ximus du Plooy (24) tried to hold the middle order together but kept losing partners. The side finished 18 runs short with two balls remaining.
For this coming Saturday Lymington I are at home to South Wilts with a 11.30 start and in need of a win as they are now second from bottom in the league.