SPL Premier Division cricket: Brad Currie's nine-wicket haul see Bashley (Rydal) overwhelm rivals Lymington
SPL Premier Division
Lymington CC 69
Bashley (Rydal) CC 72-3
Bashley (Rydal) 's Brad Currie produced the second-best bowling spell in ECB Southern Premier League history while skittling New Forest rivals Lymington for a paltry 69 at the Fagan Field.
With career-best figures of 9-28, Currie was instrumental as Bashley romped to a seven-wicket win – their first victory in the five-game-old season – with Michael Porter retaking the captain's armband from Josh Digby.
Poole-raised Currie clean bowled five Lymington batsmen and trapped two more leg-before.
"I was getting some helpful swing from the pavilion end, and the Lymington batsmen kept missing the ball. It was fairly straightforward," he laughed.
"It was nice to be back playing for Bashley again, and after the poor start we've had to the season, it was crucial to get a win on the board.
"Ironically, my previous best SPL spell was a six-wicket haul against Lymington."
Lymington captain Ben Rogers won the toss and elected to bat on a warm, humid day on a wicket that offered little help to bowlers.
However, Lymington could not cope with Currie's bowling, and he tore through the visitors in his unchanged 11-over spell.
Only Ryan Scott (27 not out) offered any resistance, having entered the fray after Monam Abbas (4) had become the first of Currie's victims.
Once Ben Rogers (17) was out to Currie, Terry Crabb (14) and Scott stabilised the innings for a while, putting on 26 for the third wicket. However, following Crabb's dismissal, the innings crumbled with six ducks, and the last seven contributed just one run.
Only Jake Smith did not succumb to Currie falling LBW to fellow opening bowler Dan Goodey (1-36). Taking the last wicket of Guy Layman, Currie was left just behind the 9-16 SPL bowling record of Richard Pineo bowling for Havant against Liphook & Ripsley in 2004.
Only Ryan Scott, with an unbeaten 27, showed the technique to keep Currie at bay as Lymington folded in 21 overs, with only one batsman of Lymington's last six batters scoring.
Bashley had 99 overs to overhaul the small Lymington total, and they wobbled for a while, falling to 34-3 as Lymington opening bowler Guy Layman (3-28) with his standard accuracy proving fruitful among the early batters.
However, it proved short-lived as opener Will Tripcony (36 not out), with six fours, saw Bashley home by seven wickets, helped by returning captain Michael Porter (11 not out).
Bashley (Rydal) are away from home against South Wilts in their next game, while Lymington hosts Havant; both games are on Saturday at 11am.