Southern Premier League: Premier Division
St Cross Symondians I 204-9 Lymington I 162
Lymington I suffered another batting collapse against St. Cross this time at the beginning of the innings and despite the efforts of South African Ximus Du Plooy with a majestic knock of 87 Lymington found themselves 42 runs short.
St Cross captained by Ed Ellis won the toss and elected to bat. He might have regretted that decision at first as a slow wicket with some swing saw them slumping to 23-3 as Matt Metcalfe (2-9 in 10 overs) found line and length removing both openers Tom Foyle (15) and Ben Foster (5). He was ably assisted by fellow opening bowler James Wade (1-21). It was the captain himself (54) who then rescued St Cross putting on 51 with Michael Haworth (20) for the fourth wicket. Michael was then bowled by Dan Cox (3-41) who was again among the wickets removing both players. Dan also removed Joseph Lewis (19). Ximus du Plooy (1-34) took the wicket of Jack Bransgrove (12) the son of Hampshire CC chairman Ron. However, Lymington then started to lose their way with an attacking knock from Michael Booth (37) that included 4 fours and 2 sixes and was helped by a patient knock from Simon Beetham (17 not out). Ben Attrill (2-39) then removed two batsmen in successive balls in his last over but by then the St Cross total was over 200.
This time the Lymington batting collapsed at the top end of the innings finding themselves on 17-4 by the fifth over. It all started with a controversial run out by Michael Booth of Terry Crabb (0) following an accidental collision with a St Cross fielder. Opening bowler Michael Booth (2-37) was also generating some pace and has been timed as bowling at 85 mph and was responsible for two of the first four wickets with Simon Beetham (1-23) taking the other. However, Ximus du Plooy (87) steadied the ship as he put on 46 for the fifth wicket with Ben Attrill (11) and then 62 for the seventh wicket with Josh Proctor (21). Lymington captain Matt Metcalfe (10) then helped Ximus put on 29 for the eighth wicket. However, as with Ryan Scott (84) in the previous week Ximus was running out of partners and was last out attacking the St Cross bowlers having hit 8 fours and 2 sixes. Jack Bransgrove (3-18) bowled tidily for St Cross with Michael Haworth (2-31) concluding the Lymington innings removing Ximus. Another disappointing end for the Lymington team having lost the initiative at the end of the opposition innings and the start of Lymington’s innings.
This coming Saturday Lymington are at home to Bournemouth who until recently had led the table. However, like Lymington they have experienced three defeats in the last three games. With an 11.30 start the game marks a return to white ball cricket with less swing of the ball. Lymington need to record another win to avoid getting dragged back into the relegation zone.