Lymington crushed by Hampshire Academy

Southern Premier League: Premier Division

Lymington  I   123                                  Hampshire Academy 124-2

Lymington I suffered a heavy defeat at home to Hampshire Academy as the club suffered from a shortage of first team players given ongoing injury problems and player availability. Losing by eight wickets in a game that had finished by mid- afternoon contrasted with the eight-wicket victory for Lymington on the previous Saturday in a game that finished even earlier.

Returning captain Terry Crabb, struggling manfully with his ongoing Achilles injury, again lost the toss and opposition captain Joseph Eckland inevitably put Lymington into bat. Shortages of top order batters told despite the fact that at one stage Lymington were 47-1. Opener Ben Rogers (26) again did not hang about taking only 25 balls putting on 26 with fellow opener Dan Cox (8) and 21 with Ali Wheble (31). Once Rogers was out to opening bowler Ethan Martin (2-32) the middle order collapsed as five wickets fell for 31 runs with fast bowler Jude Wright (3-12) doing the damage. 

Wheble after seeing so many colleagues getting out so quickly helped steady the ship in a patient disciplined knock that took 114 balls. He was joined by veteran Ed Freeman (24) as the pair put on 42 runs for the seventh wicket. Then opening bowler Dominic Kelly (4-23) took the wicket of Wheble and Lymington lost their last four wickets for just three runs with Kelly taking 3-4 in just 3.2 overs to polish off the innings. Fifteen-year-old fast bowler Oliver Cordery impressed, conceding just six runs in his six over spell.  

In reply Hampshire Academy made light work of knocking off the runs and had 74 overs to do it in but only needed 20.2 of them. Lymington got off to a good start as Charlie Mumford (4) was caught in the slips by Terry Crabb off Ed Freeman (1-16) but fellow opener Tom Cheater (55) was already getting into his stride in a 59-ball knock that included nine fours and one six. He and Dominic Kelly (38 not out) with seven fours put on 77 runs for the second wicket before Cheater was out to Rony Patel (1-10). Joseph Eckland (17 not out) then joined Kelly to see the Academy home in what must have been an easy game for the Academy after two defeats.   

This coming weekend Lymington I face the long trip to Hook and Newnham Basics, a side one place below Lymington in the table, and will be hoping that some of the injured players will return. 


Lionel Colby

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