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Lymington learns some lessons at the Hampshire Academy

Southern Premier League

Lymington CC 186

Hampshire Academy CC 187-7

LYMINGTON slipped to opening day defeat against a youthful Hampshire Academy team at the Utilita Bowl in a limited overs match.

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In a tight game, the Lymington batters committed the cardinal sin of not using all 50 overs after a batting collapse, with the last seven contributing just 28 runs.

Monam Abbas led the way for Lymington (Photo: Les Chase)

However, Lymington were still short of match practice given the damp start to the season.

Lymington lost the toss and were put to bat on a wicket that provided some assistance to the bowlers.

The innings got off to a great start as captain Ben Rogers (34) and Monam Abbas put on 80 runs for the first wicket before Rogers was bowled by Eddie Jack (1-26).

Abbas was in good form with his knock of 71, which included 10 fours.

The side looked comfortable and advanced to 125-1, with Ryan Scott on 15 before the batting collapse set in after Jeevon Chandhoke (3-28) got going.

Kamran Dhariwal (29) held the middle order together for a while but the wickets tumbled at the other end.

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Spinner Zack Basey (4-15) was instrumental in getting late-order wickets, not helped by poor shot selection, leaving Josh Royan (12 not out) high and dry with 8.3 overs remaining.

Hampshire Academy also got off to a good start in reply, with Sam Ashman (41) and Finn Gordon (57) putting on 86 for the first wicket before Asad Abbas (2-31), in an excellent spell, removed both.

Joseph Eckland, now in the Hampshire first team, joined in and held on for the rest of the innings with a disciplined knock of 35.

Eckland was helped by Teddy Golding (32), with the pair adding 52 runs for the sixth wicket.

Lymington’s overseas player Liam Thompson (2-27) at least got some late wickets, including that of Eckland, but it was not enough as the Academy came home with three wickets with 11 balls to spare.

Gareth Berg (2-48) was the other wicket-taker, while Ryan Scott was responsible for Eddie Jack’s run-out.

Lymington play a local derby against rivals Bashley at the Sports Ground on Saturday in their first home game of the season, starting at 12.30pm.