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SPL Premier Division cricket: Dominant Lymington CC deliver tough lesson to Hampshire Academy

SPL Premier Division
Lymington CC 409-6
Hampshire Academy 265

Lymington recorded their highest-ever SPL total as they overwhelmed Hampshire Academy by 144 runs at the Ageas Bowl nursery ground.

It’s the second-highest league score in SPL history, after St Cross Symondians' 412-6 in 2021, and is the highest fourth-wicket partnership in league history, beating 193 by Havant in 2000.

The 50-over total came partly thanks to a remarkable showing from 18-year-old Kamran Dhariwal, who scored a magnificent 168 off just 104 balls, and Ryan Scott's 101 of just 92 balls.

The Abbas father-and-son duo, Asad and Mo, put in another good performance with both bat and ball, while Northants CC player Gareth Berg needed only to play a small part and no doubt will play a more prominent role in the games to come.

Captain Ben Rogers lost the toss, and Hants captain Joseph Eckland asked Lymington to bat first.

Openers Mo (38) and Rogers (24) made a solid start, putting on 66 for the first wicket before three wickets fell for just 20 runs.

Then it was the turn of Dhariwal and Scott, and they wasted no time hammering the Hampshire Academy attack as they put on 210 runs for the fourth wicket in just 30.2 overs.

They both took a liking to the Ageas boundary, with Dhariwal hitting 14 fours and eight sixes, and Scott three fours and eight sixes.

After Scott fell to Jude Wright (2-58), Terry Crabb (36) and Dhariwal stretched the total even further, scoring 79 before the next dismissal.

Lymington then passed the 400-run mark before the 50 overs were up, with the other wickets coming from Ethan Baker (2-65), Zach Gadsby (1-48) and Tom Cheater (1-85).

In reply, Hampshire Academy got off to a steady start as Cheater (35) and Wilf La Fontaine Jackson (33) put on 70 for the first wicket before they were out to Josh Royan (2-55) and Mo Abbas (1-38) respectively.

Captain Joseph Eckland (15) would always be a crucial capture of Lymington, and a fine catch in the deep by Asad off Royan sparked joyous celebrations by the players.

Wright (88) threatened for a while, but the required run rate was always going to be an issue, and Mo took the catch of his dad Asad's bowling.

After that, Asad (3-51) and fellow spinner Dan Cox (3-49) took over as they polished off the Academy innings despite an inventive knock from 15-year-old Ben Mayes (45).

Lymington are at home in their next league fixture on Saturday at 12.30pm, against Burridge in a 50-over match.

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