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Lyndhurst beat Stanford-Le-Hope by 3 wickets

May 20, 2012

Lyndhurst beat Stanford-Le-Hope by 3 wickets

Match Report

Alfie's captain's knock of 96 was influential in a vintage Lyndhurst run-chase in a game where oldies and young'uns chipped in in equal measure. Showing a few signs of new-season rust, Lyndhurst toiled in the field but excelled at the crease to ensure a winning start to 2012.

Stanford raced to 210 all out without finishing their 40 overs, helped in the main by their opener S. Barker who retired not out on 103. He was dropped twice off Warren's bowling, embarrassingly so by JJ on 46 and also by the bowler himself in his 60s. These were costly mistakes as he disdainfully tonked anything short, full or wide to the boundary with regularity. Only debutante Kieran Gallacher with a superb spell of 2-25 from 6 overs could tie him down, though his younger brother Liam turned in very respectable figures of 1-23 and George opened up with 1-26 to keep things resepectable. James brought wickets at the end with 3-21, racing to the top of the bowling averages in the process. Jeff's two catches behind the stumps underlined the good side of Lyndhurst's fielding, with Kevin Gallacher and Speedy particularly valiant in their chasing and blocking of balls throughout the innings.

As ever, Alfie and Jeff look good at the start of the chase until, with the score on 41, they both turned into Inzimam-ul-Haq resulting in Jeff's departure for 14. James followed soon after and just when it looked like a classic Lyndhurst collapse might be on the cards, Liam Gallacher came to the crease and steadied the ship with some straight-bat skills that one or two of the older generation could learn from! His 20 formed an invaluable partnership with Alfie and Lyndhurst probably became favourites.

JJ, Andy and George all shared valuable partnerships with Alfie as Lyndhurst crept towards 211, but when he fell to a questionable LBW decision it was left to Warren and George to steer them home which they did brilliantly. George was left with 21 not out to console him after his car was dented by one of Alfie's lusty sixes.

Although at times it was difficult in the field, everyone kept their heads up and it was a great team effort. Three fantastic debuts for the Gallachers show that Lyndhurst have grown stronger over the winter and that was evidenced today by a spirited performance that will resonate through the ages.

Report written by JJ.

The Team

1A. HedgesCaptain MotM! 962 for 49 from 6 overs0
2J. RichardsWK 13 2
3J. Jupp03 for 21 from 4 overs0
4L. GallacherMotMr/u 201 for 23 from 3 overs0
5J. J. O'Neill140 for 20 from 5 overs0
6A. Speed6 1
7G. Hedges21 n.o.1 for 26 from 6 overs0
8W. Harris6 n.o.0 for 35 from 3 overs0
9K. Gallacher Jr. 2 for 25 from 6 overs0
10K. Gallacher Snr.  0



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2012May 20, 2012Lyndhurst beat Stanford-Le-Hope by 3 wicketsClick for Report
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