Lympsham slip up at home

Nathan James bowling for Lympsham.

Nathan James bowling for Lympsham. - Credit: Archant

Lympsham were defeated by four wickets by visitors Ilminster.

With overcast skies, visitors Ilminster won the toss and decided to bowl first against Lympsham.

Dave Luff and Jason Parsons opened the batting for Lympsham, but after a tidy few overs from the Ilminster opening bowlers, Lympsham were struggling at 23-2.

Tom Gooding (64) and Ben Evans (55) put on 115 before Evans was bowled.

With 15 overs remaining, Felix Grandfield (20) and the rest of the Lympsham batting line-up ended up on a respectable 189-7.

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After a superb tea provided from the Lympsham pavilion staff, it was Ilminster’s turn to bat and openers Warry (31) and May (76) put on 111, despite Tom Ferns bowling some fine away swingers.

The first and second wickets fell to Liam Morris with the help of Jules Froud. Morris later returned the favour with an outstanding catch off of Froud’s bowling.

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With Ilminster 114-2 off of 22 overs, there was still a chance for Lympsham, but a few unfortunate events soon occurred. Tom Postins had work and Ferns dropped a catch, resulting in a swollen wrist and unable to field.

With only nine fielders on the pitch, it opened up a lot of space for Ilminster to keep ticking over. This was until the pick of the bowlers Andy Russ (3-23) came on, taking three wickets in quick succession to leave the visitors on 177-6.

However, it wasn’t to be for Lympsham as Crouch hit two fours in succession to end the game for Ilminster.

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