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Rayleigh beat Lyndhurst by 35 runs.

May 5, 2013

Rayleigh beat Lyndhurst by 35 runs.

Match Report

A solid bowling performance from Lyndhurst was not backed up by the batsmen who produced a vintage middle-order collapse to come up 35 runs short of a formidable Rayleigh side.

Any hopes of a gentle introduction to the season were quickly dampened when the teamsheets were announced, with Rayleigh turning out no fewer than SIX of their Saturday First XI. Undeterred, Lyndhurst took to the field with the enthusiasm that has earned them an Essex-wide reputation. Some of the fielding, however, showed signs of off-season over-indulgence; this is to be expected as the youths become young adults, the young adults become pub regulars and the pub regulars become embittered middle-aged alcoholics.

The bowling, on the other hand, impressed, with the responsibilities shared around, and nobody failing to provide the goods. Two wickets apiece got JJ, Matthew and Liam's tallies underway for the season, while Kieran was unlucky with drops, Alfie bowled 8 tight overs, and Warren took a while to get back into the swing of things before finding a nice rhythm. Stefan and James also picked up a wicket each after solid spells.

Set 164 to win, Lyndhurst got off to a solid enough start, reaching 80-1 with the big ginge Fuller (46) and Jeff (31) going steady. Jeff was eventually stumped for the first time in his career - a day of excellent wicketkeeping finally took its toll on Lyndhurst's senior man and, following an uncharacteristic advance down the pitch, Jeff collapsed like a dog whose back legs had finally become overwhelmed by gravity. The middle order of James, JJ, Liam and Stefan failed to stem the tide, and with Fuller falling amonst those as well, the Rayleigh attack had shown its worth, particularly in the case of the spinner who took six of those wickets. Some impressive rearguard action from Warren and Kieran was not enough to see Lyndhurst home against yet more quality Rayleigh bowling.

This was a tough start for Lyndhurst and they proved their worth, particularly in the bowling department. A 35-run defeat against this outfit is very encouraging, and hopefully the team can get off the mark for the year next week against Stanford-le-Hope.

Report written by JJ.

The Team

1A. HedgesCaptain 50 for 29 from 8 overs0
2J. RichardsWK MotM! 31 0
3J. FullerMotMr/u 46 0
4J. Jupp41 for 17 from 3 overs0
5J. J. O'Neill12 for 5 from 4 overs1
6L. Gallacher32 for 18 from 4 overs0
7S. Harrington21 for 16 from 5 overs0
8W. Harris100 for 19 from 4 overs1
9K. Gallacher Jr.100 for 27 from 6 overs0
10M. Richards0 n.o.2 for 18 from 4 overs0
11K. Gallacher Snr.0 0



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2010May 16, 2010Rayleigh drew with Lyndhurst Match abandoned due to rainClick for Report
2013May 5, 2013Rayleigh beat Lyndhurst by 35 runs.Click for Report

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