Lympsham defeat the league leaders

Lympsham's Jason Pasons watching Haydon Lyons bowling for Blagdon.

Lympsham's Jason Pasons watching Haydon Lyons bowling for Blagdon. - Credit: Archant

Lympsham defeated top of the table Coalpit Heath with a fine display.

LYMPSHAM travelled to top of the table Coalpit Heath on the hottest day of the year so far.

Luff lost the toss and was asked to field first in the extreme heat, but some tidy opening bowling from Simon Cowgill and Jack Luff put the pressure on before Luff found the breakthrough in the eighth over.

Cowgill picked one up in the following over and the home side were reduced to 28-2. The introduction of Andy Russ and James Taylor applied some pressure from both ends, and wickets started to tumble, leaving top of the table struggling at 72-5.

A solid sixth wicket partnership of 61 gave Coalpit Heath a chance, but with Luff coming back to remove a couple and Liam Morris bowling tidally at the death, the home side were bowled out for 168.

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Lympsham lost Rich Ford in the first over, but this allowed Tom Gooding to join Jamie Howson and the pair batted superbly.

Howson played the aggressive role with Gooding keeping the scoreboard ticking, and the pair put on 100 before Gooding was bowled for 34. Captain Luff joined Howson and the pair added another 41 when Lympsham Concrete man of the match Howson was removed for an excellent 75.

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When Jason Parsons was caught second ball, Lympsham were 141-4 off 36 overs, needing 28 off the last nine overs with Dave Luff joining son Jack at the crease.

Luff junior took control of the situation, knocking the runs off in just four overs, ending on 36 not out, defeating the side that had only lost one game all year.

THE seconds entertained Alveston and captain Rich Drew lost the toss and were asked to bowl first.

Tom Ferns (2-23) and Felix Grandfield (1-31) opened the bowling and showed great control and accuracy removing Alveston’s top order batsmen. This good work was consolidated by Max Gregory (1-31) and the evergreen Jules Froud (2-20).

Stuart Bruce (1-11) wrapped up Alveston’s innings in the 27th over for a total of 153.

In reply, Lympsham lost a couple of early wickets before Jelf Lampier Group man of the match Rod Simpson (98) and veteran Andrew Hall (45 not out) put on 136.

Dave Waterhouse (5 not out) hit the winning runs to complete this convincing victory in the 20th over for the loss of three wickets.

This was Lympsham’s first league victory of the 2013 campaign.

THE Sunday Development XI made the trip to Merry Lane and after winning the toss, captain Tom Gooding asked East Huntspill to bat.

Adam Micklewright (3-31) picked up the first three wickets, but Spearing (76) was joined by Pomeroy (56) as the pair pushed the score on for East Huntspill. When these two were dismissed Lympsham chipped away at the middle order as the hosts were bowled out for 210. Other wicket takers for Lympsham were J Luff (2-42), L Morris (1-25) and N James (1-32).

Lympsham’s reply got off to a bad start when Morris was out, but Scriven (38) and Tuttiett (25) rebuilt the innings. When Scriven was out this sparked a collapse to 96-6.

This brought an injured Jack Luff to the crease to join Gooding (45) and the pair put on 81 before Luff was out for a breezy 46. Unfortunately, Lympsham were bowled out for 189, leaving Tom Gooding stranded on 45 and giving East Huntspill victory by 22 runs.

Nuts and Bolts man of the match was Adam Micklewright.

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