Bashley (Rydal) CC 298 for 7 in 50 overs
Lymington 288 for 9 in 50 overs
On a beautiful sunny day at the Bashley Ground which looked lovely and green after all the hard work on the outfield and pavilion over the last few years, Lymington’s captain Simon Beetham won the toss and invited Bashley to bat. Being the first match of the new season and a local derby a keen contest was envisaged
Matt Metcalfe (10 overs 1 wicket for 52) and Ed Freeman (9 overs 3 for 42) opened the bowling and had Bashley 68 for 3 and Simon Beetham (9 overs 2 for 71) increased the pressure but Michael Porter (61) and Gavin Bailiff (80) put on 103 for the 4th wicket. Lymington turning to spin with Dominic Hand (5 overs 0 for 50) and debutant Chris Blake (10 overs 0 for 65) were unable to make a breakthrough but Hampshire Under 15 leg break bowler Cameron Robertson (6 overs 1 for 29) picked up his first Premier Division wicket (the first of many no doubt). Hampshire player Lewis McManus (1 over 0 for 3) had a single over and Bashley finished on 298 for 7 after the 50 overs.
In reply Lymington needing 6 runs per over to win started cautiously with Ben Rogers (14) including one 6 and Dominic Hand (35) with the former being bowled at 34. And the latter also bowled at 69. Lewis McManus (4) was caught so Cameron Grierson (39) and vice captain and wicketkeeper Ed Ellis staged a recovery and took the score to 174 before the former was out stumped. Simon Beetham (4) departed at 170 but Chris Blake (23) joined Ellis and they took the score to 263 and at this stage Lymington were catching up with the run rate before Blake was run out. All-rounder Matt Metcalfe (9) hit a huge 6 putting Lymington were in the driving seat but he was stumped next ball and with Oxford University student and first class player Ed Ellis (140) in tremendous form he was taking Lymington home but unfortunately was bowled in the first ball of the final over bowled by Gavin Bailiff. Glenn Willoughby (2) was run out and Lymington finished 10 runs short with Ed Freeman (1 not out) and Cameron Robertson (2 not out).
An incredible match where batsmen ruled and the wicket produced 586 runs a credit to the Bashley groundstaff.
The next match this Saturday 14th May Lymington have another local derby with a home match at the Sports Ground against newly promoted New Milton CC starting at 1pm