Lymington back to winning ways against Hook and Newnham Basics cricket club
Southern Premier League: Premier Division
Lymington I 223-8 Hook and Newnham Basics I 181
Lymington benefited from an excellent all-round performance against Hook and Newnham Basics to record only their second league win of the season. Several players at last found their form with bat and ball. The victory was enough to move the club up two places in the table. Unfortunately, Hugo Smith picked up a dislocated shoulder when fielding a ball so will be out of the game for a while.
Lymington lost the toss and were asked to bat on a very damp morning after the massive rainstorms of Friday. Thanks to the efforts of the ground staff at the King George V playing field the game even started on time and the wicket itself was dry but not the outfield.
Lymington got off to a steady start with Terry Crabb (28) and Dan Cox (11) put on 35 for the first wicket before Terry was run out by Jack Murrell. The top order again struggled as Lymington lost three wickets for 29 runs. However, Ben Rogers (62 in 79 balls) then came to the rescue with another attacking knock including 6 fours in spite of the slow outfield. He was ably supported by Ryan Scott (51) who also found some form with the bat as the two put on 76 for the fourth wicket. Likewise, Josh Royan (43) then also had a good knock including some innovative strikes. A total of 223 runs in 50 overs had to be considered a challenging total. This was in spite of the efforts of spinner Aniket Divecha (4-35).
And this proved to be the case with Hook and Newnham finding themselves on 96-6 at one stage and well behind the run rate thanks to some tight bowling especially from the Lymington pacemen. James Wade was especially impressive, with 3-20 in his 10 overs, together with Josh Proctor (3-31) who also took two catches. Matthew Buckingham (78 in 97 balls) did his best to chase the Lymington total down helped by Jack Murrell (21) as they put on 47 for the seventh wicket. Matthew himself was then out to Ryan Scott (2-19) and despite the efforts of Josh Balcombe (17 not out) as 30 runs were garnered for the tenth wicket Hook and Newnham finished 42 runs short in the 47th over.
This coming Saturday Lymington I have another long trip to bottom of the table Alton with another 11.30 start.