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SPCL Premier Division cricket: Lymington learn some lessons at the Hampshire Academy

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Lymington CC 186

Hampshire Academy CC 187-7

LYMINGTON slipped to an opening day defeat against a youthful Hampshire Academy side at the Utilita Bowl in a limited-overs match.

In a tight game, the Lymington batters made the cardinal sin of not using up all the 50 overs following a batting collapse, with the last seven only contributing 28 runs.

Monam Abbas led the way for Lymington (Photo: Les Chase)
Monam Abbas led the way for Lymington (Photo: Les Chase)

Lymington, though, were still short of match practice, given the damp start to the season.

Losing the toss, Lymington were put into bat on a wicket that offered some help to the bowlers.

The innings got off to a great start as captain Ben Rogers (34) and Monam Abbas put on 80 runs for the first wicket before Rogers was bowled by Eddie Jack (1-26).

Abbas was in fine form with his knock of 71, which included 10 fours.

The side looked comfortable and moved on to 125-1, with Ryan Scott on 15 before the batting collapse started after Jeevon Chandhoke (3-28) got into his stride.

Kamran Dhariwal (29) held the middle-order together for a while, but wickets tumbled at the other end.

Spinner Zack Basey (4-15) was instrumental in getting late-order wickets, not helped by poor shot selection, leaving Josh Royan (12 not out) high and dry with 8.3 overs remaining.

Hampshire Academy, in reply, also got off to a good start, with Sam Ashman (41) and Finn Gordon (57) putting on 86 for the first wicket before Asad Abbas (2-31), in an excellent spell, removed both.

Joseph Eckland, now in Hampshire’s first-team squad, entered and held the rest of the innings together with a disciplined knock of 35.

Eckland was helped by Teddy Golding (32), with the pair adding 52 runs for the sixth wicket.

At least Lymington overseas player Liam Thompson (2-27) got some late wickets, including Eckland’s, but it was not enough as the Academy got home by three wickets with 11 balls to spare.

Gareth Berg (2-48) was the other wicket-taker, while Ryan Scott was responsible for the run out of Eddie Jack.

Lymington have a local derby against rivals Bashley at the Sports Ground on Saturday in their first home game of the season, starting at 12.30pm.

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