Lympsham’s promotion hopes back on track

PUBLISHED: 10:28 09 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:28 09 July 2015

Jack Luff.

Jack Luff.

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Lympsham skipper Jack Luff led from the front as his side kept up their promotion push.

LYMPSHAM hosted Broadway and Horton where they looked to get their promotion hopes back on track.

After losing the toss, skipper Jack Luff was asked to bowl on what looked a superb pitch for batting.

With three strike bowlers unavailable, Lympsham knew they had to bowl and field tight from ball one, and this is exactly what they did.

Jack Luff picked up two early wickets to leave the visitors 8-2 after seven overs. Luff was brilliantly supported by young Tom Ferns who upped his game and was unlucky not to get a breakthrough of his own.

Luff soon picked up his third and then it was the introduction of spinner Sam Poole (3-32) who ensured wickets continued to fall as he was just too tempting for the Broadway middle order.

Some tight bowling from Jules Froud lead to a sharp run out from Jack Luff and this left the visitors struggling on 91-7. It was the return of Lympsham Concrete man of the match Jack Luff who continued to bowl with good pace and accuracy and finished the innings off with a hat-trick, leaving Broadway 91 all out and finishing with figures of 6-14 off his 8.5 overs.

In reply, Lympsham openers Dave Luff and Jason Parsons played the way they know, with Luff guiding the ball into the gaps and Parsons demolishing anything off line or length.

The pair took the score past 50 in the 11th over. From then on they continued to push towards the target which they reached in the 19th over, with Parsons finishing on 61 not out and Luff 23 not out.

A solid 35 points has ensured the team’s confidence remains high and they travel to Curry Rivel on Saturday in what looks an important fixture.

LYMPSHAM 2nd XI fell to their second successive defeat, away to Wedmore.

With the home side winning the toss and electing to bat, Lympsham took early wickets and continued to prevent their hosts from building any significant partnerships, dismissing them for 139 after 35 overs.

Simon Bailey did the greatest damage with figures of 4-32, with Andy Ferns clearing up the tail with figures of 3-3.

In reply, Lympsham also struggled, and with wickets falling regularly, they finished tantalisingly close to the target, dismissed for just 134.

Man of the match, sponsored by the Indian Massala restaurant in Bleadon, was Simon Bailey.

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