Lydney up the run rate in attempt to beat rain

Saturday 25th June 2022 4:00 pm
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Jonathan Kear scored his third half century of the season. Library picture. ()

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QUICK runs were the order of the day as Lydney sought to get in as many overs as possible under the threatening sky at the Bob Bird Cricket Ground.

Electing to bat, Lydney got in 30 overs against before Shurdington were put into bat.

Lydney scored 187 and the visitors from Cheltenham were set a revised 147 from 21 overs.

There were just four overs bowled – and Shurdington were two wicket down – when play ended.

The top scorer was Jonathan Kear who hit 69 off 73 balls while skipper Alex Gooding made 55 off 53 balls.

Shurdington made early progress when Alex Antoine was caught by Archie Yearp off the bowling of George Berry.

The opener had scored one and Lydney were 10-1.

The next wicket to fall was that of Jordan Stone with the score on 26.

His 12 had come from three fours so it was not surprising that he went to a catch, again off the bowling of Berry and with Mason Beasley under the ball.

That brought Gooding to the crease and together with opener Kear, 102 was added for the third wicket.

Gooding went with the score on 128, caught by Chris White off the bowling of Jack Styman.

His 55 included six boundaries and a six.

Tom Legge joined Kear at the crease and the partnership added another 24 runs.

It ended when Kear was stumped by Tom Knight off the bowling of Berry with Lydney now 152-4.

Kear’s 69 included four boundaries and saw him complete his third half century in seven games this season.

It was also only the second time this campaign that Kear has had his innings ended by the opposition.

Niall Holford was caught for one by Lawrence Barraclough off the bowling of Mason Beasley and Legge saw out the innings having scored 19 off 18 balls with the help of Ed Jones.

Ellis Boughton claimed the wicket of Archie Yearp on five and Lawrence Barraclough was run out by Callum Miller when the game was ended.

Lydney remain top of the Gloucestershire County Cricket League Division Two and are still undefeated.

On Saturday (June 25), Lydney travel to neighbours Newent for a first versus second clash.

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