Lymington again crumble against St Cross Symondians

Southern Premier League

St Cross Symondians I   298-7              Lymington I 67

Lymington suffered a crushing defeat against St Cross Symondians for the second time in six days in a 50 over game. Holidays and injury meant that only four first team regulars were available for Lymington and it was always going to be tough day of damage limitation against a side who are challenging for the league title and who are now top of the table after this win. It did not help that stand-in captain Ben Rogers lost the toss and the side were inevitably asked to field on a sweltering afternoon with the Green Jackets pitch in St Cross now looking decidedly bare. Also, the season for overseas player James Hartshorn has ended following his dislocated shoulder of the previous week. He is already on the plane back to his native New Zealand with his participation in this fixture limited to being the water carrier!

At first St Cross might have regretted the decision to bat first as they were soon three wickets down with only 19 on the board as Josh Royan tore into the top order batters and at one stage had taken 3-6 in 3.2 overs. This included a remarkable catch by Danny Paxton to dismiss Tom Foyle. However, Charlie Gwynn (84) including 54 runs in boundaries and Joseph Lewis (58) with a more patient knock put on 144 for the fourth wicket as the Lymington bowlers floundered in the heat. Gwynn was then caught behind by keeper Kieran Moors off the bowling of Adie Hunt. Coming out of retirement and even having sold his kit, Hunt (1-31) with his off-spin bowled tidily in spite of a heavily bandaged knee. St Cross though went on to consolidate their position as stand-in captain Harry Foyle, 79 in 59 balls, set about the limited Lymington bowling attack putting on 90 for the sixth wicket with Jack Bransgrove (26). Foyle was then run out by Josh Royan who came out of the game with some credit together with stand-in keeper Moors who is normally a bowler and only conceded two byes on a trying afternoon for keepers given the conditions. Spinner Dan Cox unusually opened the bowling and was the other wicket taker (1-38).

The formidable total was always going to be a tough ask for the Lymington batters and so it proved. Openers Ben Rogers and Dan Cox did not last long falling to Sam Beer (1-15) and Matt Haworth (1-19) respectively. Josh Royan (20) did his best to hold the innings together and was helped by Robert Benfield (11) as the pair put on 28 for the third wicket. The difference in class though told as the Lymington innings capitulated once Royan was out with eight wickets falling for just 13 runs and so losing by 231 runs. There were five ducks in the innings with the spinning combination of Charlie Gwynn (4-11) and Callum Whitlock (4-8) doing most of the damage.

Lymington face another strong challenge this coming Saturday at the Ageas Bowl against the Hampshire Academy who sit just behind St. Cross in the table. This is another 50 overs game with a 12.30 start. At least Lymington will have more first teamers back.

Lionel Colby

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