Depleted Lymington CC outgunned as St Cross Symondians secure eight-wicket win
Southern Premier League Premier Division
Lymington CC I 190
St Cross Symondians CC I 191-2
A DEPLETED Lymington CC suffered a demoralising eight-wicket home defeat to St Cross Symondians, who arguably boast the strongest batting line-up in the league.
Despite fielding a weakened team because of a lack of availability, Lymington made a bright start against an opposition buoyed with the class of players that includes Hampshire experience and Felix Organ, who starred with that bat and ball.
After weeks of waiting, Lymington captain Terry Crabb finally won the toss and chose his side to bat first. Opening for his side, Crabb anchored the Lymington innings with a patient knock of 66 in 102 balls.
After removing fellow opener Hugo Smith (1), Terry and Ryan Scott (40) put on 84 for the second wicket to put Lymington in a good position.
However, it was not to last as wickets began to fall steadily thereon out. This was often due to poor shot selection, with the middle and late order having only limited success as Ben Attrill (20), Josh Ryan (15), and Lymington were all out with one ball to go.
Spinner Felix Organ (3-28) bowled tidily and was supported ably by Harry Foyle (2-41) and Harry Came (2-32).
The St Cross openers got off to a stunning start, putting on 123 runs for the first wicket in only 13.4 overs to effectively win the game, before Felix Organ added 65 in only 42 balls. By the time Organ was out to Lymington spinner Dan Cox (1-66), he had hit 12 boundaries, including two sixes, as the Lymington attack lost its way with indifferent bowling and positive batting.
Felix was ably supported by Tom Foyle, who finished 87 not out, including 15 fours in a 78-ball knock. Josh Royan (1-18) bowled tidily in his three-over spell, taking the wicket of Harry Came (23).
Guy Layman (0-35) managed to slow down the run rate in seven overs, but the visitors finished the game with 22 overs to spare.
Lymington CC will welcome club captain Matt Metcalfe back for their away match to Bournemouth on Saturday.