Lympsham gain revenge of the Castle

Gabriel Counsell.

Gabriel Counsell. - Credit: Archant

Lympsham avenged an earlier defeat in the season against Uphill Castle.

LYMPSHAM made the short trip to Uphill Castle looking for revenge from the previous meeting and to make it four wins from five.

The visitors started steadily and moved to 38-0 from the first 10 overs. Dave Luff and Lympsham Concrete man of the match Gabriel Counsell kept the rate ticking over and at the halfway stage, the pair were looking strong with the score 113.

Counsell rode his luck at times and the runs piled on until Luff was caught for a superb 111 in the 36th over. Counsell kept going and, ably assisted by Sophie Luff, the score was moved to an outstanding 311-1 at the close. Counsell was unbeaten on 134 and Luff 42 not out.

Chasing a mammoth score, Uphill needed a quick start, but Jack Luff (2-19) picked up an early wicket. Matt Mitchell (0-29) bowled tidily to restrict the home side to 27-1 from the opening 10 overs.


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When Adam Micklewright claimed the other opener, progress was slowed, but a partnership moved the score to 114. The introduction of Ben Evans’ leg spin was the key.

He took both batsmen with the aid of a smart stumping by Tom Gooding. Runs were now hard to come by for Uphill and with Evans finishing with 4-30 the home side slumped to 167-7 at the close.

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Fielding a reduced side, the visitors were dismissed for just 55 runs with Dan Berry taking 3-9 runs from his nine overs.

In reply, openers Andy Hall (22 not out) and Stuart Bruce (31 not out) reached the total in just nine overs, meaning the game was over in time for tea and Lympsham took the maximum 35 points from the game.

Man of the match, sponsored by the Indian Massala in Bleadon, was Dan Berry.

LYMPSHAM travelled to Bridgwater for their first Sunday League match for several weeks.

Captain Tom Gooding won the toss and decided to bat and the opening pair of Felix Grandfield (39) and Stuart Bruce (41) got the visitors off to a solid start, bringing up 50 off the first 14 overs.

Both continued to find the boundary and pushed the score to 78 before Bruce was bowled. This brought Lympsham Livery man of the match Jack Luff to the crease who smashed the ball all around the ground.

With the score on 132, Grandfield was caught for a fine 39. Gooding (54 not out) joined Luff and the pair set about posting a defendable total with some excellent running between the wickets.

Luff hit a fine century and finished with 103 off 77 balls and Gooding was on 54 from 37 balls as Lympsham totalled 253 off their 40 overs.

In reply, Bridgwater scored 42 off the first five overs before a run out by Tom Ferns ended the partnership. In the next over, the other opener was caught by Luff off the bowling of Liam Morris (4-23).

Morris continued to take wickets and with Adam Micklewright (2-9) supporting at the other end, the pair reduced Bridgwater to 78-7. With some excellent bowling from Josh Barwell and the introduction of Craig Scriven (2-9) and Jack Luff (1-2), Bridgwater were bowled out for 106 in the 30th over.

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