Match Report - First XI - 7 June 08
Southern Electric Premier Cricket League Division 2

Lymington 155ao - Purbrook 82ao

Lymington traveled to Purbrook confident of recording a fourth consecutive victory against a side that had lost their previous 5 games. After winning the toss Adie Hunt had no hesitation in batting first on a warm day. Lymington started cautiously on a wicket which was proving difficult to score on and relied on extras to push the score along. The Lymington innings was given some impetus by Jamie Harvey who played positively with Ollie Kelly and pushed the score on to 63 for 1 from 25 overs before Kelly was out caught. The Purbrook bowlers were beginning to get on top and restricted Lymington to scoring only 15 from 10 overs at one point during the innings and when Harvey departed for 27 the team were 110 for 5 with 18 overs to go. During this time Craig O'Shannessy was playing in his usual confident style and briefly upped the run rate in scoring 31 from only 27 balls but Lymington were losing wickets far too regularly and found themselves 9 wickets down with still 11 overs of their innings remaining. The last wicket fell with the score on a disappointing 155 with 7 overs of the innings left.

With Purbrook only having to score at 3 an over in was crucial that Lymington made an early breakthrough and once again O'Shannessy produced the goods, he took 2 wickets in 2 balls to leave Purbrook 8 for 2 after only 3 overs. With Lymington well on top Islander Tommy Barton, 2 days before his 16th birthday, was handed the ball and had an immediate effect on the game. Bowling with good pace and accuracy his 6 over spell demolished the Purbrook middle order and left him with outstanding figures of 4-10 to leave Purbrook at 46 for 6 after only 17 overs. After drinks Purbrook began to dig in more and the final 4 wickets were proving more difficult to get until Christian Pain returned to the bowling attack to take the final 2 wickets in the same over to leave Lymington victors by 73 runs.

This win now moves Lymington up to 2nd in the league behind unbeaten Rowledge.




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