Lympsham take over at the top of the league

PUBLISHED: 09:27 26 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:27 26 June 2015

Dave Luff.

Dave Luff.

Gary

Lympsham took over at the top of Division 3 after a draw with Long Sutton.

LYMPSHAM travelled to a strong Long Sutton team, with both sides having lost their first games last week.

The home side started strongly with both opening batsmen despatching balls to the boundary at will. Their flow was disrupted as heavy rain took the players off for a short delay. When the players returned and the score on 93 from 15 overs, the game swung back into Lympsham’s favour.

The introduction of Adam Micklewright (2-23) removed both openers and Liam Morris (2-63) somewhat stopped the free scoring, aided by a good catch by Felix Granfield.

Tom Ferns (2-17) came on to bowl impressively and apply pressure to the Long Sutton middle order. This left the home side 164-6 after 33 overs.

However, a strong partnership in the lower middle order moved the home side to 223, before Jack Luff came back to break the partnership and give a second catch to new wicketkeeper Tom Gooding. Two run outs followed to leave the home side on a good score of 241-9 from 45 overs.

In reply, grey skies threatened to disrupt the Lympsham innings. Openers Rich Ford and Lympsham Concrete man of the match Dave Luff batted with resilience to see off some tight opening bowling.

The pair ticked the score along until the rain came down for the second time. When the pair returned, only 37 overs could be bowled and the home side would need to bowl Lympsham out to win.

The pair stayed strong and Ford (44) and Luff (83) lasted the full 37 overs to leave Lympsham 137-0 and the game drawn.

This result benefited the away side as they gained points on their rivals, putting them top of Division 3 after eight games.

Lympsham host Wincanton next week hoping to consolidate at the top of the table.

Lympsham 2nd XI made it two wins in a row at home to Bridgwater Sports and moved up to fourth in the Shrubbery Hotel Somerset Cricket League Division 8 North.

After stand-in skipper Andy Hall won the toss and put Bridgwater in to bat, Lympsham dismissed the visitors in under 41 overs for 212 thanks to some fine catches and 3-31 from Andy Ferns.

In reply, Lympsham lost some early wickets, but thanks to an impressive 79 from Simon Bailey, the home side reached 214-9 off 39 overs.

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

Having had to cancel their Somerset County Sports Sunday League fixture earlier in the season, the teams agreed to play a double header 20/20 fixture.

In the first game, captain Tom Gooding asked Bagborough to bat. Bagborough lost wickets to Tom Ferns (1-7), Craig Scriven (2-23), birthday boy Adam Micklewright (3-10), Liam Morris (1-21) and Tom Counsell (1-4), with the visitors ending on 89-9 off their 20 overs.

In reply, after the early loss of openers Grandfield and Bruce, Micklewright shone with the bat scoring 41 and with Ferns (15 not out), saw Lympsham close in on their target. Jack Luff (7 not out) saw Lympsham home in the 13th over.

In the second match, Lympsham were asked to bat and Craig Scriven (44) and Matt Mitchell (46) got Lympsham off to the best possible start reaching 100 in the 12th over.

A blazing Jack Luff (61 not out) aided by Liam Morris (15 not out) took Lympsham to a healthy 188-2.

Although looking out of their reach, the young Bagborough side gave it a go and Ruell (48), D Matthews (47 not out) and Middleton (34 not out) batted well, taking them to 145-2 off their 20 overs.

Lympsham Livery man of the match was Adam Micklewright.

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