Match Report - First XI - 27 July 08
Southern Electric Cup

Lymington 183 for 9 - Bashley 167 for 8

Lymington overseas player Craig O'Shannessy wrote the first chapter in the Southern Electric Twenty 20 Cup record books as Lymington gunned down arch rivals Bashley at the BCG on Sunday. The Aussie ace plundered a breathtaking 15-ball half-century - the fastest in the competition so far - to help Lymington beat their local rivals and set up a quarter final with national 20 20 champions Totton and Ealing. O'Shannessy laid the foundations for Lymington's passage into today's quarter-final draw after coming to the crease in the first over following the dismissal of Morgan Rushbrook. The New South Wales paceman immediately set about the Bashley attack, taking no prisoners as he bludgeoned the orange ball until it was metaphorically black and blue. O'Shannessy also had visitors to the nearby Redcliffe Garden Centre running for cover after clubbing two towering sixes out of the ground and over the B3058. He hit no fewer than 12 boundaries during his explosive stay before his luck finally ran out when he was caught by Andy Neal off the bowling of ex-Lymington man Mike West. But having helped the visitors rack up 94 from fewer than seven overs, his exploits ultimately proved decisive with his 61 off 18 balls - including five sixes and sevens fours - paving the way for victory. Although the rate dropped markedly following O'Shannessy's departure, Dave Griffiths (39) and skipper Adie Hunt (23) kept the scoreboard ticking over with plenty of singles and the odd boundary as Lymington closed on 183 for nine (Kevin Nash 3-31, West 2-43).

Bashley were always up against it and lost wickets at regular intervals - with Adam Darbyshire (4-30) in partnership with wicket keeper Rob Lammiman, ripping out their top order - before Neal and West joined forces with the score on 84 for seven. They added 40 for the eighth wicket before man of the moment O'Shannessy (2-23) separated them after demolishing West's stumps with the first ball of his second spell. Neal (28) and Nash (21) briefly threatened to pull off an unlikely run chase, although Bashley eventually came up well short on 167 for eight.

Bryn Bowled
Lammiman Stop
Craig an ultra rapid 61






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