Southern Premier League: Premier Division
Lymington I 169 Bashley I 171-4
Local rivals Bashley again held the bragging rights against Lymington in spite of Ryan Scott holding the Lymington innings together while watching yet another middle order batting collapse.
Lymington, captained by Josh Royan for the first time in the Premier Division, lost the toss and were inevitably put in to bat given the damp conditions following early morning storms. Tight bowling by the Bashley left handed opening pair ensured Lymington got off to a slow start and after ten overs were only 28-2. Brad Currie (2-18) and Ben Fletcher (1-22) had removed both openers with only 10 runs on the scoreboard. Eventually however, Ryan Scott (84) and South African Ximus du Plooy (33) gained the initiative as they put on 84 runs for the third wicket. They did not look in any trouble until a needless run out of Ximus by Ben Francis. This started the middle order batting collapse of four wickets for only 2 runs.
Ryan then found a new partner in Josh Proctor (12) as they put on 33 runs for the seventh wicket and then James Wade (11). However, Ryan was running out of partners when a century would have been well deserved as he attacked the bowling and was last out to Brad Currie in the 43rd over having struck four fours and two sixes. His cause was not helped by seven batsmen scoring two or less with wides (20) being the third highest contributor! Under 15 Hampshire player Ethan Baker (6-41) did the damage removing all the last six batsmen with his spinners that included two wicket maidens. In spite of the slow pitch offering only limited turn the Lymington total of 169 never seemed enough.
Bashley also got off to a slow start scoring only 26 by the tenth over as James Wade (0-26) and Josh Proctor (0-32), in spite of his early start from Cornwall, bowled tightly. Stand-in captain and opener Josh Digby (69 not out) and Jacob Gordon (34) continued to consolidate as they put on 67 for the first wicket. Jacob was then out lbw to off spinner Ximus du Plooy (3-29) with a collapse then developing as Bashley lost four wickets for 24. Fellow spinner Dan Cox (1-37) chipped in removing Rhodes Franklin (0). Ben Francis (21) then partnered Josh as they put on 47 for the fifth wicket before he was out lbw to Josh Royan (1-24). However, a positive knock from Sam Stroud (23 not out) together with Josh Digby who anchored the innings in a three hour knock saw Bashley home by five wickets with two overs to spare.
This coming Saturday Lymington are on their travels again to play St Cross Symondians in the last red ball league game of the season. Having slipped down the table with two defeats in a row Lymington will be anxious to record another win.