BOURNEMOUTH’S return to competitive cricket began with defeat after they suffered a 126-run loss to St Cross in Southern Premier League Division One West.

A century from St Cross opener Tom Foyle set the platform for the hosts to post a considerable 275 for four from their 40 overs. Lions were skittled out for 149 in reply.

Having lost the toss and been asked to field first, Chris Park’s men were left to toil as Foyle struck 103 from just 93 deliveries, before eventually being bowled by seamer Dan Conway (2-37).

Ed Ellis also accelerated the scoring rate for St Cross with 58 coming from 40 deliveries, while Jack Bransgrove chipped in with an unbeaten 35 from 25 balls.

The only other wicket-takers for Bournemouth were Tom Robinson (1-67) and Jake Hurley (1-68).

In reply, only three Lions batsmen reached double figures as the visitors never looked like reaching their victory total.

Luke Matthews (48) top scored batting at four, with Alex Nippard (23) and Jake Hurley (23) chipping in lower down the order. Simon Beetham (4-13) starred with the ball for the home side.