Jacks leads the way for Lympsham

Jack Luff.

Jack Luff. - Credit: Archant

Lympsham captain Jack Luff was the star of the show with bat and ball against Backwell Flax Bourton.

LYMPSHAM travelled to Backwell Flax Bourton to face Woodpeckers on a day when the weather was always going to play a part.

Skipper Jack Luff lost the toss and was asked to bat and lost Dave Luff in the fourth over. Runs were hard to find, and Mike Tucker and Tom Gooding continued to struggle against the accurate opening bowling.

Lympsham were struggling at 53-1 after 25 overs. Tucker was eventually removed for 15 and this brought Jack Luff to join Gooding at the crease. Instantly, the scoring rate was increased and the pairs’ running was superb.

The score started to tick over and they two put on 46 before Gooding was removed for 63. Some hard hitting from Jason Parsons and Sam Poole towards the end of the innings continued to increase the scoring rate, along with some excellent stroke making and hitting from Luff meant that 179 runs were scored in the last 20 overs.

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This took Lympsham to an impressive 232-6 off their 45 overs, with Lympsham Concrete man of the match Jack Luff ending unbeaten on 77.

The home side got off to an excellent start, with openers Simon Cowgill and Andy Russ having no success. With Woodpeckers 71-0 off 12 over, Jack Luff brought himself on and picked up opener Britton with his first ball due to a fine catch from Rich Ford.

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From this point, wickets started to tumble at regular intervals, with Liam Morris coming on and picking up two more wickets. Luff continued to bowl well and picked up another four wickets, ending with figures off 5-28 off his 12 overs.

Poole and James Taylor came on to wrap up the innings, with an impressive bowling display all round from Lympsham, leaving Woodpeckers 150 all out.

THE seconds entertained Patchway and the hosts won the toss and decided to field first.

After an expensive couple of initial overs, Brendon Summers (1-44) and Adam Mickleright (1-26) restricted the scoring rate with only Morgan (67) showing any fluency.

After the drinks break, Rich Drew introduced Simon Bailey and Stuart Bruce who bowled the last 20 overs in tandem. Jelf Lampier Group man of the match Bruce recorded career best figures of 8-62 and was assisted by two sharp slip catches from Rod Simpson and an outstanding outfield effort from Craig Scriven, who made up for two earlier fumbles.

Despite Bruce’s heroics, a late 62 from Patchway’s Bishop took the final score to 196 all out.

In reply, Collinson (7-28) bowled well and only Jules Froud offered any real resistance with a hard hitting 35. Lympsham struggled to be competitive and were bowled out for 124 runs in the 31st over.

IN their latest Somerset County Sports Sunday League match, Lympsham travelled to Burnham.

Batting first, Burnham progressed steadily and it wasn’t until the 21st over that Lympsham broke the opening partnership with Adams dismissed for 24. A couple more wickets followed before House (98) was joined by Harris (54), adding a partnership of 95 and pushing the Burnham total to a healthy 214-7 off their 40 overs. Lympsham’s best bowler was Adam Micklewright with 2-20.

In reply, Lympsham lost early wickets but recovered well with Nuts and Bolts man of the match Jack Luff sharing a 70-run partnership with Liam Morris (29) and an 80-run partnership with Max Gregory (22), before being dismissed for a fine 95.

Adam Micklewright chipped in with a good 21, but when he was out, nerves set in and a flurry of wickets saw Lympsham dismissed for 212, leaving Burnham winners by two runs.

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