Lymington and Bashley in last ball thriller tie

Southern Premier League: Premier Division

Lymington I   245-9                               Bashley 245

What a start to the new SPL season as Lymington and Bashley played out a last ball heart stopper. Lymington took the last Bashley wicket to at least ensure they did not return home from the Bashley Sports Ground with a defeat. Both teams were disappointed with the result that could easily have gone either way even if the away side held the initiative for most of the game.

Lymington under new captain Terry Crabb took to the match with a greatly changed side with only four regulars from last season. And it was Crabb (30) who opened the batting with Conor Moors as the pair put on 55 runs for the first wicket. It was Moors, 88 with eight fours and two sixes, who cemented the Lymington innings, in an attacking knock. He put on 44 with Northants player Gareth Berg (19) and 55 with new Oxford University student Josh Royan (26). Further wickets then fell quickly including that of overseas player New Zealander James Hartshorn (13). Dan Cox (20 in 19 balls) then played a cameo innings to help ensure a respectable Lymington total in their 50 overs. There were consistent performances by all the Bashley bowlers led by openers Bradley Currie (2-45) and Dan Goodney (2-58). Tom Prest the Hampshire 2nd XI player with his spinners chipped in with 2-36 including the important wicket of Gareth Berg. Jacob Gordon (2-23) took the key wicket of Conor Moors.

Bashley also under new captain Josh Digby (44) got off to a slow start as James Hartshorn (4-63) took the important wicket of Tom Prest (1) before Digby and new player Harry Broderick (16) steadied the ship. Jacob Gordon (46) then held the middle order together but wickets continued to fall steadily. It was then left to Bradley Currie (51 with six fours) helped by Sam Crisp (22) as Lymington continued to hold the initiative. That was until some expensive overs looked as if it could turn the game on its head as the pair put on 53 for the ninth wicket. Then the last over drama as Currie looked as if he would guide Bashley home with tailender Ben Fletcher (1 not out) at the other end. The tension among the players and spectators was palpable and for the last ball the decision was made to bring keeper Ali Wheble up to quickie James Hartshorn and he was able to stump Currie. What a finish. Hartshorn in his league debut took 4-63 but is still adapting to English conditions and conceded both unnecessary runs and extras. The left arm spinner Darren Cowley (2-36), who has returned to the club, had two stumpings while fellow spinner Dan Cox (3-35) after his success of last season was again among the wickets.  

For Lymington I the first home Premier League match this coming Saturday offers another challenge against last season’s champions South Wilts. Start time is 12.30, that is one hour later than last season, at the sports ground.    

Lionel Colby

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