Southern Premier League: Premier Division
Lymington I 173 Burridge I 166
Damp conditions might have again delayed the start of the latest league game for Lymington I that was reduced to 42 overs per side but it produced an exciting end as the team squeezed home by 7 runs as the Burridge innings subsided.
Captain Matt Metcalfe lost the toss to Hilio De Abreu who put Lymington in to bat on a damp wicket and slow outfield following the morning rain. Lymington got off to a poor start and were 42-3 at one stage as the Burridge opening bowlers did their damage with Daniel Stancliffe (2-31) taking the wicket of Ben Rogers 10) and Sullivan White (2-18) having Dan Cox (3) and Ryan Scott (7) both caught behind. It was again overseas player Ximus Du Plooy (52) who anchored the innings scoring a fifty for the third consecutive game and his knock in 63 balls included 6 fours and one six. This now makes him the fourth highest scorer in the Premier Division. Ximus was well supported by Ben Attrill (17) as the pair put on 67 for the fourth wicket. Then it was largely left to Josh Royan (31) with some innovative strokes to give Lymington a respectable total helped by Dom Hand (10) as the pair put on 30 for the sixth wicket. Bradd Griffiths (3-27) ensured the tail did not put on too many runs and in spite of the conditions the total of 173 seemed only barely adequate.
This was especially as in reply Burridge got off to a storming start as opener and wicket keeper Azimunnoor Chowdhury (56 off 57 balls) put in another attacking performance scoring 50 in boundaries. After losing his opening partner Joe Collings-Wells (0) to paceman Josh Proctor (2-29) Azimunnoor and James Hughes (13) put on 47 for the second wicket. However, both were then soon out and four wickets fell for only 6 runs as the Lymington bowlers finally got some reward for their efforts. This included the wicket of South African Hilio De Abreu for nought falling lbw to Dan Cox (2-25) who had another good bowling performance even if the wicket was not especially helpful to spinners. Daniel Stancliffe (25) then led a limited recovery before he was out stumped by Luke Mortimore off Ximus Du Plooy (2-22). There followed a good partnership of 41 as Will Candy (30) and Sullivan White (18) regained the initiative with some aggressive running between the wickets. But the Lymington pacemen returned to the attack including James Wade (3-30) putting the late order batsmen under pressure. The last three wickets fell for just 7 runs with Luke Mortimore running out Duncan Fraser (2) to ensure victory.
Next Saturday Lymington I are away to Havant at Havant Park with a normal 11.30 start. Can the side with its new found confidence make it five wins on the bounce and move further up the table?