Cricket: Bashley stalwart Neil Thurgood dropped for first time in more than two decades ahead of Lymington clash

Bournemouth Echo: EXPERIENCED: Neil Thurgood EXPERIENCED: Neil Thurgood

BASHLEY captain Richard Morris admitted that fitness and form were behind the shock decision to drop club legend Neil Thurgood for the first time in more than 20 years.

The Southern Premier League’s lead aggregate run scorer will miss Saturday’s visit to Lymington (11.30am) and instead line up for Bashley’s second-string in their Division Three home fixture against Portsmouth & Southsea.

All-rounder Andy Neal has also dropped to the twos, with Berkshire captain James Morris and Ryan Gilmour drafted in.

The omission of opening batsman Thurgood – who has struck more than 6,300 runs in the SPL – has caused the biggest shockwave, but skipper Morris felt it was the right decision.

He told the Daily Echo: “Thurgs is struggling with an old hamstring injury so he isn’t 100 per cent fit at the moment.

“It’s partly fitness and partly form, but more importantly it’s the fact we’re conscious that we need a clear pathway for young players performing well in the second team to get their opportunity.

“Thurgs needs to get back some form with the bat so he will try to do that with the second team.

“Nobody is under any illusions that he can go on forever. What we don’t want to do is get to a point where Thurgs says he’s retiring and we’ve got no one to step in.

"So it’s partly that and also that we’re half way through the season and we have batsmen who are scoring more runs.”

Morris admitted he had been impressed with the manner in which Thurgood reacted to the news and hailed the veteran for his “hunger and desire”.

The skipper added: “It could have gone one of two ways and Thurgs has taken it unbelievably well.

"The reaction is really encouraging because he wants to play for the second team and show he’s still got it.

“To still have that hunger and desire is impressive given how long he has been playing.”

Lymington are missing run machine Darren Cowley, who pulled a hamstring in the t20 win over Bashley last Sunday. Felix Ambrose comes in.

Bashley: Porter, Baker, R Morris, J Morris, Morgan, Thomson, Gilmour, Ridley, Friedman, Lilley, Nash.

Lymington: Mortimer, Hand, Scott, Beetham, Ellis, C Grierson, Rogers, Ambrose, Metcalfe, McCann, Freeman.

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9:42am Sat 2 Aug 14

`The Wall says...

Ok here is the latest figures for the Shopper printed version 30 July 2014 nly 58 pages now down from the high 90s ha ha ha it still has only 4 or 5 part pages of news the rest is still adverts....... so do the maths yourselves guys and gals and have a good laugh at Gypo Joe Lol!
Ok here is the latest figures for the Shopper printed version 30 July 2014 nly 58 pages now down from the high 90s ha ha ha it still has only 4 or 5 part pages of news the rest is still adverts....... so do the maths yourselves guys and gals and have a good laugh at Gypo Joe Lol! `The Wall
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9:50am Sat 2 Aug 14

miss huney hips says...

so from my reckoning it has lost at least 37 pages of adverts seeing as it still has the small amount of pages covering "news" 95-58 = 37 lost pages, me old maths tutor would be proud of me, :)
so from my reckoning it has lost at least 37 pages of adverts seeing as it still has the small amount of pages covering "news" 95-58 = 37 lost pages, me old maths tutor would be proud of me, :) miss huney hips
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9:58am Sat 2 Aug 14

jeff onions says...

`The Wall wrote:
Ok here is the latest figures for the Shopper printed version 30 July 2014 nly 58 pages now down from the high 90s ha ha ha it still has only 4 or 5 part pages of news the rest is still adverts....... so do the maths yourselves guys and gals and have a good laugh at Gypo Joe Lol!
Nicey nicey "Wall" that will hurt old Gypo joe who even working 14 hours a day 7 days a week on the free toilet paper still the paper is losing revenue as advetisers shun the toilet paper

Gypo joe dont get it >> being a racist, sexist, cancer sufferer mocking idiot is NOT going to have any one place an advert in this so called Newspaper!!!!

People see this idiot posting up cr@p on a daily basis insulting the white working classes, mocking people who have cancer, and suchlike and say no way will pay for an advert on the NS and they go elsewhere. . .

Looks like Gypo joe has shot himself in the foot big time!


ROFLMAO
[quote][p][bold]`The Wall[/bold] wrote: Ok here is the latest figures for the Shopper printed version 30 July 2014 nly 58 pages now down from the high 90s ha ha ha it still has only 4 or 5 part pages of news the rest is still adverts....... so do the maths yourselves guys and gals and have a good laugh at Gypo Joe Lol![/p][/quote]Nicey nicey "Wall" that will hurt old Gypo joe who even working 14 hours a day 7 days a week on the free toilet paper still the paper is losing revenue as advetisers shun the toilet paper Gypo joe dont get it >> being a racist, sexist, cancer sufferer mocking idiot is NOT going to have any one place an advert in this so called Newspaper!!!! People see this idiot posting up cr@p on a daily basis insulting the white working classes, mocking people who have cancer, and suchlike and say no way will pay for an advert on the NS and they go elsewhere. . . Looks like Gypo joe has shot himself in the foot big time! ROFLMAO jeff onions
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10:06am Sat 2 Aug 14

Gold and Silver says...

Gypo Joe is just a gobbler from what I heard, so the rumours about the folder getting slimmer week by week bears fruit! pmsl

Perhaps we should ask the public have they seen the missing 37 pages of the free toilet paper?

Perhaps they have been used in the toilet and flushed away for good just like Gypo Joe flushed down the sh1tter proper Joe boi what yus gonna do about that boi??????? he he he wait until he sees this!!!!!! =(
Gypo Joe is just a gobbler from what I heard, so the rumours about the folder getting slimmer week by week bears fruit! pmsl Perhaps we should ask the public have they seen the missing 37 pages of the free toilet paper? Perhaps they have been used in the toilet and flushed away for good just like Gypo Joe flushed down the sh1tter proper Joe boi what yus gonna do about that boi??????? he he he wait until he sees this!!!!!! =( Gold and Silver
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10:12am Sat 2 Aug 14

Survey Map says...

I bet Sir Scoffer is having a sly snigger on the back of resident epic fail gypo joe the twunt on the shopper who not only failed to bully people off the paper by their comments he even pushed away decent members of the public lol
I bet Sir Scoffer is having a sly snigger on the back of resident epic fail gypo joe the twunt on the shopper who not only failed to bully people off the paper by their comments he even pushed away decent members of the public lol Survey Map
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