Cricket: Lymington skipper wants trio to impress Dorset selectors

DILIGENT INNINGS: Lymington's Dom Hand

DILIGENT INNINGS: Lymington's Dom Hand

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LYMINGTON skipper Simon Beetham is urging talented teenagers Ryan Scott, Dom Hand and Ben Rogers to give the Dorset selectors a headache.

The trio experienced differing fortunes as Lymington overcame promoted Burridge in less convincing fashion than the five-wicket victory margin would suggest.

Scott (1-19) sent down a tidy seven-over spell as Lymington dismissed their visitors for 160 with Beetham (4-16) and Darren Cowley (3-38) doing most of the damage.

However, the target looked a long way off as Lymington proceeded to hit the self-destruct button by frittering early wickets, slumping to 50 for five in reply.

But with Hand showing maturity beyond his 18 years, it was left to him and Matt Metcalfe to rescue the hosts, their unbroken 111 partnership seeing them home.

Wimborne St Giles-based Hand (72) hit five fours and three sixes during his diligent 118-ball stay, while Metcalfe (53) also dug deep as the pair rallied to save the day.

Hand, Scott and Rogers, who were all regulars for Dorset at the various age group levels, joined Lymington from Bournemouth following the Lions’ relegation last season.

Lymington captain Beetham, who made his Dorset debut last season, said: “If they perform like we know they can, they should be knocking on the door because they all have the ability.

“I don’t think it is a case of just being able to walk into the side and whether they merit a place would be down to Alan Willows and the Dorset selectors.

“Dom’s innings against Burridge was really impressive and, if he were to maintain that form, it would be very difficult for them not to seriously consider him and it is the same with guys like Ryan and Ben.”

Hand and Metcalfe came together after Damien Mortimer (0), Cameron Grierson (1), Scott (19), Cowley (5) and Rogers (2) had fallen by the wayside – with Grierson and Cowley both victims of careless run-outs.

Beetham, appointed captain as successor to Ali Jaffer, added: “Dom helped us out after one of our stereotypical Lymington collapses. He did us all a massive favour and had some experienced help from Matt.

“If we could eradicate those lapses, we would definitely be more competitive as a batting unit because we have the batters to do it.

“It wasn’t the kind of wicket where anybody was going to race away and their number three batted very well for 54. But we persevered and mixed up the bowling and showed our capacity as a bowling team.”

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