Southern Premier League: Premier Division

Hook and Newnham Basics I   301-5      Lymington I 189

In a bottom of the table clash Lymington lost out to Premier Division newcomers Hook and Newnham Basics. The opposition had the greater desire to win the fixture, by 128 runs, having piled on over 300 runs when batting first.

Lymington captain Matt Metcalfe won the toss and put Hook into bat. Lymington got an early wicket as Samuel Lockwood (8) was bowled by Matthew Metcalfe (1-36). But then Hook started to accumulate  runs with Ben Thane (29) and Harry Robson (39) putting on 55 for the second wicket before Isle of Wight spinner Dan Cox (2-43) removed both batsmen. Dan now has 27 wickets, at an average of 19.07, for the season being Lymington’s leading wicket taker and the fourth highest in the Premier Division. The arrival of Matt Buckingham (76) with an attacking knock that included 10 fours and one six saw Hook accelerate and he and Harry Warner (71 not out) with a more patient knock saw 114 runs put on for the fourth wicket before Matt was bowled by Guy Layman (1-35). Harry was then joined by captain Josh Buckingham (54) as the pair put on 77 for the fifth wicket.  Josh was then caught on the boundary off the bowling of Ximus du Plooy (1-76) who unusually was hit around the ground. Jack Murrell (15 not out) then joined Harry Warner to see Hook reach 300 runs. This was the first time this season that Lymington have conceded such a total in a disappointing performance both by the bowlers and the fielders.

Lymington might have got off to a scintillating start with opener Henry Edwards (20) in 11 balls all in fours or sixes but it was not to last. Hampshire Academy player Max Simpson (3-33) started the rot with his pace in spite of conceding nine wides. He took the wicket of Henry Edwards and then went on to bowl the Premier Division’s leading run scorer Ximus du Plooy (14). Jack Murrell (1-50) took the wicket of fellow opener Luke Mortimore (11). Ryan Scott (58) did his best to hold the Lymington innings together with a good knock that included five fours and two sixes. He and Josh Royan (19) who is on good form with the bat at present put on 54 for the fifth wicket before Josh was lbw to Aniket Divecha (1-23). Once Ryan was out to young leg spinner Josh Balcombe (2-37) then Lymington were struggling in spite of Matt Metcalfe (34) before Harry Warner (2-5) finished off the Lymington innings.    

The last league game of the season on Saturday sees Lymington at home to Alton at the sports ground with the normal 11.30 start. Having also lost last Saturday Alton are all but relegated from the Premier Division but Lymington still need a good result if only to end a five-game losing sequence and restore some pride.    


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