Skipper Jack leads Lympsham to fine victory

PUBLISHED: 09:36 29 August 2014 | UPDATED: 09:36 29 August 2014

Jack Luff.

Jack Luff.

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Lympsham skipper Jack Luff led his side to victory with a brilliant 154 not out.

LYMPSHAM made the journey to Fitzhead knowing the league title was already theirs.

Skipper Jack Luff won the toss and had no hesitation in opting to bowl first. Lympsham struck early with Luff himself picking up two wickets to leave the home side 11-2 after seven overs. He was well supported by Liam Morris at the other end, who applied good pressure throughout.

The introduction of Sam Poole and Tom Gooding put a hold on the game. Several dropped catches allowed Fitzhead to post a third wicket partnership of 174 before D Burns was run out by Gary Hutton for 89 and Oliver was caught by Matt Mitchell off the bowling of Jules Froud.

Froud (3-42) and Luff (3-23) bowled well at the death, but Fitzhead were still able to post a big score of 238-8 off their 45 overs.

Lympsham’s reply faltered, with openers Rich Ford and Hutton both being caught behind the wicket for four each.

This left Luff and Gooding to rebuild and the pair successfully did so until Gooding (18) was caught behind with the score reading 50-3 off 14 overs.

This brought Sophie Luff to the crease to join brother Jack and they set about repairing the damage. Jack looked in superb form and reached his 50 in a flash and pushed the score up to 101-3 at the halfway stage.

The Fitzhead bowlers were struggling to come up with ideas as Jack brought up his first 100 of the season off just 99 deliveries and Lympsham were in a strong position at 172-3 off 34 overs.

Lympsham now required 67 off the last 11 overs, and with Sophie giving Jack crucial support, he hit three sixes in the 35th over. Sophie finished the job off by smashing a four in the 41st over to see Lympsham over the line with an unbeaten fourth wicket partnership of 189 in 27 overs.

She finished on a quality 42 not out, but it was Lympsham Concrete nan of the match Jack who stole the show, finishing on a brilliant 154 not out in just 122 balls, including 18 fours and eight sixes.

This win reinforces Lympsham dominance this season and sees them 73 points clear at the top.

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