Andy’s haul helps seal victory

Man of the match Andy Russ claims four victims in Lympsham victory

LYMPSHAM 1st XI travelled to Frampton Cotterell in South Gloucestershire, skipper Jamie Howson winning the toss and electing to bat.

The visitors got off to a bad start, losing opener Dave Luff early, but the skipper joined the experienced Andy Hall at the crease and they set about repairing the damage.

When Hall was dismissed, the middle order failed to support their skipper and cheap wickets fell, and it was left to Rich Ford (28) to forge a partnership with Howson (79) and push the score towards respectability, and eventually a competitive 205 was posted.

In reply, the hosts got off to the worst possible start, losing both openers cheaply, as opening bowlers Jamie Howson and Brendon Summers exerted pressure.

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Bromsgrove and Mason, batting at four and five, did put a partnership together and began to look threatening, but the introduction to the attack of man of the match Andy Russ resulted in wickets falling, and the Frampton innings ran out of steam in the 39th over as they were dismissed for just 162. Russ took 4-24 off 11 overs.

* LYMPSHAM 2nd XI entertained Bitton from South Gloucestershire. Skipper Simon Pilgrim lost the toss and decided to bat.

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The visitors started badly, displaying uncertain running between the wickets and had two batsmen run out in the first six overs, and with joint men of the match Tom Gooding (3-32) and Max Gregory (4-26) performing well they were reduced to 55-8 in just 21 overs.

A ninth wicket partnership of 59 repaired some of the damage and the visitors were eventually bowled out for 121, a total that should have been in easy reach of the home side.

The hosts’ reply started terribly and they soon stood at 20-4 in the 13th over. Rich Drew (35) was joined by Tom Gooding (36) and they repaired the damage, but when Gooding was dismissed nobody could stay with the dependable Drew and, with three wickets falling in just one over, Lympsham were dismissed for just 100, sealing another disappointing defeat.

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