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SPL Premier cricket: Lymington skittled for joint-lowest top-flight total

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Burridge CC 206

Lymington CC 37

LYMINGTON etched their names in the history books, but they would much sooner forget it after equalling the joint-lowest top-flight total of the 21st century.

The south coast side completed a fixture for the first time in four weeks after the previous three games were lost to the rain, but a complete batting collapse saw them notch just 37 runs.

Jake Smith took a catch and top-scored for Lymington (picture: Les Chase)
Jake Smith took a catch and top-scored for Lymington (picture: Les Chase)

The paltry figure is the lowest since 2006 when South Wilts dominated Hursley Park.

However, Hursley only had 10 players on that occasion, while Lymington were at full strength.

It had all started well, as led by Josh Royan, who took five wickets, the Lymington bowling attack kept the game tight, and the opposition batsmen never really got going.

It was a damp start to the day, so with Lymington winning the toss, Burridge had to bat first.

Lymington made a bright start, with the SPL Premier top-scorer Matthew Goles (7) soon back in the pavilion, caught by Dan Cox off the bowling of Royan (5-63).

Royan then removed opener Jack Paskins for nine runs after facing 66 balls.

Fellow opening bowler James Martin (1-28 in 15 overs) then removed the dangerous Joe Collings-Wells, who top-scored with 54, caught by Kam Dhariwal.

At one stage, Burridge had slipped to 139-7 as Dan Cox (4-46) removed the middle order before Daniel Stancliffe (41) gave respectability to the Burridge total, with Lymington feeling optimistic with 206 to chase.

However, the Burridge bowlers had other ideas. Lymington got off to the worst possible start as Monam Abbas departed after facing the first ball, and the collapse continued with Lymington all out in less than 15 overs with seven batsmen clean bowled.

The top scorer was Jake Smith with 11 in 27 balls, with no other batsmen getting into double figures and none lasting more than 13 balls.

Both Burridge opening bowlers Inayat Ullah (5-14), the second-highest wicket-taker in the SPL Premier this season, and Oliver Southon (5-19), ripped through the Lymington batting in an unchanged spell.

Lymington are back in action away from home against South Wilts Saturday at 12.30pm.

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