Cricket: Linge pleased with Stalbridge revenge

First published in Cricket

SKIPPER Eric Linge thanked his Ferndown Wayfarers team-mates for helping him exorcise the ghost of “the most embarrassing defeat of my career”.

Linge admitted revenge had been the order of the day when Stalbridge pitched up at Dolman’s Farm following their 261-run win over Ferndown Wayfarers in June.

And with Linge (71) leading the recovery, the hosts overcame a couple of wobbles at 27 for three and 70 for five to post a commanding 241 for eight.

Linge shared 60 for the sixth wicket with Leigh Dunham before Matt Rose (47) joined Dunham (66) to put on a quickfire 91 for the seventh from just 10 overs.

Darryl Baines (3-33), Karl Forrest (2-22), Linge (2-37) and Dean Elsworthy (2-42) ensured Stalbridge would be stopped well short at 176.

Linge said: “We just didn’t turn up when we went to Stalbridge in June. Everything went wrong and we were on the receiving end of a hammering. It hadn’t sat well with us and revenge was definitely on our minds.”

Ferndown Wayfarers maintained their reputation as the Jekyll-and-Hyde team of the Premier Division – they have now either lost or won against each of their nine rivals in completed fixtures and have yet to record a double.

  • Broadstone skipper Greg Parsons admitted Parley had proved worthy winners following their six-wicket victory at Dean Park.

Luke Carter (55) underpinned Broadstone’s 187, with James Brown (39) and Robin Wallis (29*) also chipping in with valuable contributions.

However, with Matt Stickland (3-29) leading the way, wickets fell at regular intervals as Raj Niak (2-22), Mark Morley (2-33) and Neil Summerson (2-36) all returned economical spells.

Although Parley offered a few chances in their reply, Broadstone failed to take them and were polished off at 188 for four by Tom Jacques (54), Sam Collins (49) and Robbie Gunn (29*).

Parsons said: “Parley took wickets consistently and made it difficult for us to build a dominant total. We were disappointed not to take any of the chances but they batted well. It was a fair result.”

  • Weymouth all but ended Wimborne & Colehill ’s title hopes with a 22-run win.

Ben Lawes (55) and Jim Ryall (34) underpinned Weymouth’s 186 for seven, with only Max Collins (3-38) and Ben Bridgen (2-32) showing any real fire with the ball for Wimborne & Colehill.

And despite being well placed on 70 for two, Wimborne & Colehill were eventually dismissed for 164 (Bridgen 55), Andy Hayward 26) with Lawes (2-28) and the Weymouth attack conceding only one wide in the innings.

The North Dorset side were dismissed for 144 batting first (Mick Shepherd 29, Jamie Price 29) after Joe Wilson (3-18) and Jamie Thomas (3-35) had starred with the ball.

Ben Rogers then plundered an impressive 89 from 51 balls as Poole secured victory in the 17th over.

  • Winton were dismissed for 84 as Dorchester cruised to victory by seven wickets.

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