Craig smashes Lympsham to victory

Sophie Luff.

Sophie Luff. - Credit: Archant

Major contributions from three members of the Luff family helped Lympsham to victory at Leigh-on-Mendip.

LYMPSHAM travelled to Leigh-on-Mendip where captain Jack Luff won the toss and asked the home side to bat first.

Openers Sam Poole and Jack Luff bowled tightly, with Poole taking the first wicket due to a catch from Tom Gooding. It was not until the introduction of Liam Morris that the second wicket fell in the 22nd over with the score on 81.

Morris (1-25) bowled a superb spell as the runs dried up, and both Gooding and Adam Micklewright looked dangerous without success. With Matt Mitchell (3-32) taking wickets at the other end, and Luff returning to pick up one, Leigh finished on a competitive 204-7.

Lympsham’s reply began with Howson hitting his first delivery over the ropes for six. The score soon moved onto 49 in the ninth over when Howson skied a slower ball and was caught for 28.

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By this time, Dave Luff was set, but Gooding soon departed shortly after and this brought Dave’s son Jack to the crease. Together they played sensible cricket, and after adding a further 67 runs, Luff senior was caught for a stylish 52, leaving Lympsham at 131-3.

Luff junior soon followed two overs later for 40 and Leigh now had a third Luff to get out as Sophie walked to the crease. However, Poole and Gary Hutton were both clean bowled in quick succession, and Lympsham now looked to be in trouble at 152-6.

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Craig Scriven joined Sophie in the middle and the pair ran quick singles. They moved Lympsham in to a challenging position, requiring 40 off the last five overs.

Singles and twos continued to flow as the Leigh fielders started to slump and the target became just 12 off 12 balls, but victory came when Scriven smashed two fours and a six, taking Lympsham over the line.

The pair shared a partnership off 55 runs in just seven overs, and the Lympsham Concrete player of the match was shared between Sophie Luff and Craig Scriven.

THE 2nd XI hosted Leigh-on-Mendip and after winning the toss, skipper Rod Simpson decided to bat.

After the early loss of Andy Hall, Rich Ford (67) and Chris Butler (36) put together a steady partnership of 100. After these two were out, the rest of the Lympsham batsman prospered, taking the total up to 247-6.

This was helped by contributions from Stuart Bruce and Max Gregory (both 16), 40 from Simpson and Felix Granfield (19) at the end.

The Leigh reply was pegged back by opening bowlers Tom Fearns (1-19) and Granfield (3-26), who uprooted three lots of stumps. Julian Froud (2-2) put a further hole in the middle order.

A recovery was made with Jim Love (45) clubbing the ball everywhere, but Gregory (3-14) wiped out the tail to enable Lympsham to win by 106 runs and gain 35 points to stay top.

AFTER winning the toss and electing to bat, Lympsham Sunday Development XI struggled early on, losing both openers Gary Hutton (14) and Craig Scriven (1) in quick succession.

Lympsham continued to lose wickets at regular intervals and were 61-5 off 17 overs. Matt Mitchell (42) and Captain Tom Gooding (28) steadied the ship in the middle order, but once these were both out the three remaining batsmen only managed to add a further four runs as they finished on 128 all out.

In response, Lympsham bowled tightly with Tom Ferns (1-21) and Tom Gooding (2-9) getting the early breakthrough with Taunton on 27-3. Jack Luff (5-18) took the middle order apart to leave Taunton on 68-8.

But the partnership of Wadham and Woodland saw Taunton comfortably home with nine overs to spare.

Lympsham Livery man of the match went to Matt Mitchell and Jack Luff.

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