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Bashley CC II win four on the bounce to stay top of the table

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Bashley CC II skipper Pat Lewis remained unbeaten scoring 81 off 76 balls
Bashley CC II skipper Pat Lewis remained unbeaten scoring 81 off 76 balls

Southern Div 2/Div 3 West: Fawley CC 159-9 vs Bashley CC II 162-2

BASHLEY CC’s second team continued their winning start to the season against Fawley to stay top of the Southern Div 2/Div 3 table.

Fawley lost veteran opener Parratt when he dragged a shot onto his stumps off Sam Stroud’s (1-30) delivery with just six runs on the board.

Kieran Earl (25) and Brendan Streather (31) then added 55 to get the innings back on track.

George Wilson then bowled for a superb spell and took three quick wickets. This included the dangerous Munir who was brilliantly caught by Achakzai at cover off his first ball to reduce the visitors to 92-6.

Simon Watkins (1-16) bowled with great control and Achakzai (1-12) enjoyed his first bowling of the season.

Only Fawley’s Freeman (31) managed to mount a decent resistance as Wilson returned to the bowling attack to finish with five wickets for 38 runs as the innings closed on 159-9.

Bashley’s opener James Turner (5) made a quick return to the pavilion after Adam Freeman trapped him LBW. Skipper Pat Lewis joined 16-year-old debutant opener Will Tripcony in a match-winning partnership of 113 in 22 overs.

Lewis continued his fine form this season once again timing the ball superbly through the off-side and severely punishing anything delivered short as he remained unbeaten on 81 from 76 balls including 12 fours.

Tripcony started cautiously, but gradually he grew in confidence and was starting to expand his shot-making when he was unluckily run out for a composed 44 from 85 balls including four fours.

Jacob Gordon (17) joined his skipper and helped secure an eight-wicket victory to keep Bashley on top with two games left.

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