Hampshire League Division 6

Date: 22nd May 2021

Side Batting First: Bransgore 172 all out

Side Batting Second: Lymington 4 XI  173 for 1

After two rain-ruined weekends, Lymington finally managed to complete a fixture; even so, there were a number of anxious glances to the sky as dark clouds threatened to unleash their contents at any moment. In the event, the match was only disrupted by a fifteen minute downpour: much more disruption was to follow subsequently from the bat of Axel Deem. On a pitch that held up remarkably well after all the poor weather, it was nonetheless slow and sticky although you wouldn’t have known it from watching Deem. He was immediately into his stride, striking the ball cleanly. Fortunately for the fielders, he consistently found the gaps as few would have liked to be on the receiving end of his crisp shot-making. The only slice of good fortune came when he was bowled by a no-ball which trickled along the ground. His undoing came with the game long since won, and knowing that runs were running out for him to reach the personal milestone of a century that his innings deserved, was caught on the long-off boundary for 92. Upon his departure, Mark Gannaway (58no) was left the simple task of knocking off the few remaining runs.

Lymington’s run chase had been aided by Bransgore only having nine fielders. Despite this, they stuck to their task gamely and kept fighting until the end. This shortfall in playing personnel was largely behind their thinking when, upon winning the toss, they had elected to bat first. This was looking an eminently sensible decision as the two Tompkins – a father and son pairing – comfortably saw of the new ball. It was, however, the rain extended drinks break that brought about the beginning of Bransgore’s downfall. With C Tompkins out for 29, 13 year old District player Baden Loveless (2-36, which could have easily have been more had catches gone to hand, or those that did have been held on to), and Dan Paxton (4-17, and twice taking two wickets in two balls and enacting a run out off his own bowling), ran through the rest of the batting leaving opener S Tompkins stranded on 65no and a little under four overs of the innings potentially remaining.  Other than the two openers, only F Graham (26) managed to score, the other six batsmen all registering ducks in a total bolstered by 52 extras.

BEST OF THE WEEK: AXEL DEEM (LYMINGTON) 92; MARK GANNAWAY (LYMINGTON) 58NO); S TOMPKINS (BRANSGORE) 65NO

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