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SPCL Premier cricket: Lymington Cricket Club pick up third league victory in win against Alton Cricket Club

SPCL Premier

Lymington CC 215

Alton CC 181

Lymington made it three league wins on the trot against Alton, led by an attacking knock from Kamran Dhariwal and three-wicket hauls from two players.

After posting 215, Liam Thompson and Gareth Berg led the way with the ball in hand with three wickets each, but it was a tough game on a difficult pitch.

Alton eventually succumbed as the Lymington bowlers kept a tight lid on the opposition batters, helping secure a narrow 34-run victory.

Lymington's Kamran Dhariwal led the way with 76 runs (Photo: NKShoots)
Lymington's Kamran Dhariwal led the way with 76 runs (Photo: NKShoots)

Lymington lost the toss for the fourth time this season and were inevitably put in to bat under a cloudy sky.

Captain Ben Rogers (6) was soon out, bowled by South African Bash Walters (4-34). However, Robbie Hemmings (20), promoted up the order, hung in for an hour to thwart the Alton bowlers.

He was initially supported by Berg (10) before opening bowler Jude Wright (2-24) had both out.

Another good knock came from Monam Abbas (41 in 49 balls), who put on 57 runs for the fourth wicket with Dhariwal.

Dhariwal has also been in fine form, and his knock of 76 at a run-a-ball rate included six fours and four mammoth sixes as he and Saqlain Choudhary (37) put on 88 runs for the fifth wicket.

Yet the game again turned as Lymington’s fragile tail resulted in the last six wickets, only putting on 26 runs as the pace of Walters mopped up the innings.

Going in to bat, Alton were soon in trouble, slipping to 42-4 despite Daniel Harris (34) holding the fort for a while, mainly due to Berg (3-19) before flying to Rome the following day to captain and coach Italy in the ICC T20 Europe qualifiers.

Sam Ruffell (22) and Ben Rolfs (45) staged a bit of a recovery as they put on 39 for the fifth wicket before Thomspon (3-52) had Ruffell caught by Choudhary.

Alton then further accelerated as Rolfs was joined by Mark Heffernan (28), but just as the game looked like turning again, Monam Abbas (1-33) had Rolfs trapped LBW after a 49-run partnership.

The Alton tail wagged for a while, but the last three wickets fell for just 18 runs as Thompson mopped up the tail plus a wicket for Jude Tollerfield (1-15), with Josh Royan closing the Alton innings with a run-out, and Lymington were home by 34 runs

Lymington takes on newly promoted Basingstoke & North Hants at home in another timed game on Saturday with an 11am start.

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