Southern Premier League: Teenager Rob sends Bournemouth's opponents packing

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First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

BOURNEMOUTH skipper Martin Miller hailed the exploits of Rob Pack after the teenager had earned an entry into the Southern Premier League record books.

Pack claimed seven for 17 as the Lions recorded a convincing 124-run win over Division One rivals Hook & Newnham Basics, their fifth victory in succession.

The 16-year-old returned the third best individual figures in the history of the competition – and the best for a teenager – with only New Milton pair David Wheeler and Nick Elliott above him.

Pack, son of Bournemouth colts organiser Neil Pack, is in his debut season in the SPL and is a member of the Dorset emerging player programme under coach Matt Keech.

Miller said: “Rob bowled beautifully. He has just returned from injury and had been bowling well in previous matches. Against Hook, he had the ball on a string and his figures speak for themselves.

“We had three other spinners in the early part of the season and have used Rob when we felt we could play him.

“We have tried to give him experience and he has taken to it like a duck to water.

“He bowled in tandem with Brad Schmulian and they were virtually unplayable.

“Although Brad didn’t take a wicket, his nine overs went for just seven runs.”

Spinner Pack was called upon after Ben Bridgen had removed Hook opener Jordan Hobday and claimed all seven victims on the trot as the visitors were reduced to 106 for eight.

And with Jake Hurley (2-20) mopping up the tail, Hook were eventually dismissed for just 116 in pursuit of Bournemouth’s 240 for eight at Chapel Gate.

Dorset’s Mike Kitson (76) had laid the foundations for their big score, while Hurley (55) and Miller (36) also made valuable contributions.

Meanwhile, a second-wicket stand of 160 between Nick Baker and James Morris paved the way for Bashley’s comprehensive 100-run win over Premier Division strugglers Burridge.

Baker (94) and James Morris (74) received support from Richard Morris (25), Jaron Morgan (20), Luke Webb (32) and Ryan Gilmour (25) as the hosts posted a formidable 303 for five at BCG.

And James Morris (2-43) was also among the wickets as Burridge fell well short at 203 for eight with Andy Neal, Ross Grierson, Gilmour, Sam Thomson and Richard Morris picking up a wicket apiece.

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