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SPCL Premier Division cricket: Tripcony ton leads Bashley (Rydal) to the top of the table

SPCL Premier Division

Bournemouth CC 259-9

Bashley (Rydal) CC 263-4

BASHLEY (Rydal) stormed to the top of the league with an imposing six-wicket victory over a decent Bournemouth side in a timed game.

Teenage Dorset prospect Will Tripcony notched his maiden Premier Division hundred, and a hobbling Dan Goodey smashed a quick-fire half-century as Bashley chased down a challenging Bournemouth total of 259-9.

Nineteen-year-old Tripcony underpinned the run chase with a perfectly timed 109 not out, while Goodey, effectively batting on one leg, whacked three sixes in his unbeaten 56 scored off 38 balls.

Will Tripcony's century showing helped Bashley (Rydal) see off Bournemouth (Photo: James Robinson)
Will Tripcony's century showing helped Bashley (Rydal) see off Bournemouth (Photo: James Robinson)

“Tripps was a terrific knock, a chanceless and measured century,” praised Dorset captain Luke Webb, who top scored with 89 for Bournemouth, writes Mike Vimpany.

Schooled at Clayesmore and recently finished his fresher academic year at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Tripcony hit 14 boundaries.

He enjoyed handy partnerships with Jacob Gordon (24) and former Bashley (Rydal) skipper Josh Digby (39), who looks to be back in excellent form, as Bashley kept pace with the required rate.

Bashley were 175-4 when Digby became a second victim of Bournemouth’s south African leg-spin all-rounder Adrian Meyer (2-55), who earlier made a half-century.

Enter Dan Goodey, who admitted that he only played to help Bashley out of their present injury predicament.

“I hadn’t planned to play for another six weeks and was probably only 20% fit. I bowled off three paces and could barely run when I batted”, he laughed.

Will Tripcony (photo: James Robinson)
Will Tripcony (photo: James Robinson)

That did not stop the Devon cricketer from taking all the pressure off Tripcony by slapping three big sixes and six fours, 42 of his decisive 56 runs coming in boundaries.

Earlier, Bournemouth batted solidly with youngsters Ben Rogers (28) and James van Gool (21) providing a platform for Webb, with a ten boundary 89, and Meyer (59) to share a century stand.

Seamer George Wilson chipped in with a 4-37 return as Bournemouth lost six wickets after reaching 200.

Bashley (Rydal) will look to continue their fine form against St Cross Symondians in a timed game at the Green Jackets stadium at 11pm.

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