Lympsham stretch their unbeaten run

PUBLISHED: 09:37 14 June 2013 | UPDATED: 09:37 14 June 2013

Lympsham moved up to second place in the league after defeating St George by eight wickets.

LYMPSHAM travelled to Bristol to face second-placed St George, looking to stretch their unbeaten run to four matches.

Captain Luff lost the toss and was asked to bowl on what looked an unpredictable surface.

The home side started solidly with Simon Cowgill and Jack Luff having no success, but the introduction of Andy Russ in the 15th over saw the first breakthrough. Russ picked up his second a couple of overs later due to a fine catch from Dave Luff at first slip, leaving the home side 66-2 off 20 overs.

Opener Britton continued to punish the bad balls, but once he was removed by Russ for 58, more wickets fell to leave St George on 109-5.

From then onwards the innings started to collapse, with Liam Morris picking up two wickets and Luff coming back on to pick up three, leaving St George 148 all out.

Lympsham started positively, with Mike Tucker and Craig Scriven playing their shots before Scriven was bowled in the seventh over. This brought Jamie Howson to the crease who, along with Tucker, started demolishing the St George bowling attack, smashing the ball to all parts of the ground.

The pair kept up the positive tempo and were cruising towards the target before Howson was caught for an effortless 43 with the score 124-2 from 19 overs. Luff now joined Tucker and the pair brushed off the remaining runs, reaching the target of 149 in just 23.1 overs with Lympsham Concrete man of the match Tucker finishing on 66 not out.

Lympsham have now won four games on the bounce and have moved up to a well-deserved second in the league.

LYMPSHAM

M Tucker not out 66

C Scriven b Brown 8

J Howson ct b Underhill 43

J Luff not out 2

Extras 31

Total (2 wkts) 150

Bowling: S Cowgill 12-2-38-0; J Luff 12-4-26-3; A Russ 10-1-37-4; A Micklewright 6-2-15-1; L Morris 5-1-20-2.

LYMPSHAM Sunday Development X1 travelled to East Huntspill for their second match in the Somerset County Sports Sunday Cricket League.

Captain Tom Gooding won the toss and put the opposition into bat. East Huntspill made a steady start and Lympsham had to wait until the ninth over when opener D Kidner holed out for 21. From then on wickets fell regularly to L Morris (2-22) and T Ferns (4-21).

At 70-7 Huntspill looked in trouble until P Bagg (56) and P Spelman (57) decided attack was the best option and added over 100 before A Micklewright (1-14) came back to bowl Bagg and J Luff (1-12) removed Spelman with their innings finishing on 177.

In reply, Lympsham lost A Hall early on before C Scriven and T Gooding stroked the ball around, adding 125 before Scriven was out for a fine 95. Gooding (53 not out) and J Luff (16 not out) combined to see Lympsham home with eight wickets to spare.

Nuts and Bolts man of the match went jointly to C Scriven and T Ferns.

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