2004 Lymington Pre Season Review by Peter Tapper

Lymington Cricket Club embark on their annual campaign to secure promotion to the Southern League Premier Division with an opening match at Burridge. The playing ranks have been bolstered by the arrival of Karl Whatham from Sydney who has been playing grade cricket for Balmaine, Karl who is 22 is an all rounder who will bat in the top five. Captained by Danny Peacock with Ben Craft as his deputy the nucleus of the team is retained from last year. There is a question mark over the availability of Eugene Burzler but seasoned campaigner Glyn Treagus is fit and ready to display his considerable talents at either bowling or batting. New signing Scott Sivier will be behind the stumps having previously been with the now defunct Winchester. Martin Hunt will be looking to build on some excellent performances last year and Christian Pain will be keen to impress his skipper with his batting plus opening the bowling. New arrival Dominic Norton will be contesting one of the bowling places. If all the players remain fit and available their chances of promotion will increase. The team is coached by the experienced Dave Gelling and will be managed by David Heppenstall ably assisted by Tony Wharton.

The Second team is now skippered by Trevor Phillips with Tim Hunter as his vice. Last year Guy Hayward led an inspired team to the fringes of promotion and with some good youngsters in the wings hopes are high that they will be in the promotion pack. The departure of Wayne Smith and with the ageing Peter Tapper slowly cascading towards the thirds there are opportunities for several players to stake their claim for selection.

Jerry Holt has taken on the Third team much to the delight of our Chairman of Selectors Tony Jenkin who acted as non-playing captain last year. With one or two senior players dropping down this team should be able to challenge for honours. Again there will be plenty of opportunities for the youngsters to impress.

Mark Gannaway leads the Team of last Season, the fourths in their quest for honours. With several promising colts, Tim Noble, Scott Tapper and Tom Thorp to name but three, there is mixture of old and new.

The Club decided to downsize their cricketing commitments as availability for Sundays and mid-week is becoming progressively more difficult to sustain. We have opted out of the National Knockout Cup, withdrawn from the Sunday Cross Solent League after 18 years and reduced our mid week friendlies. Hopefully this is short term but we are not the only Club having to reduce their commitments.

The Colts are now managed by Tony Wharton. We are running four teams from U-11 up to U-15. We have secured sponsorship for the shirts by Source and all the colts will be smartly dressed hopefully setting an example for the seniors to follow. Last years successful U-13's team have moved up and they will find life a little bit tougher.

Off the field there was deep sadness at the untimely death of Brian Down who was an Honorary Member for several years. Brian was always in attendance at our AGM and Annual Dinner with his pencil lodged in his ear. The Club Development Fund is now in the capable hands of Adrian Hunt. This remains a vital source of income and the revenue will be contributing towards new sightscreens plus Clubhouse furniture. The main source of income is via the Bar. We hope that all visiting teams and spectators will drop in for a refresher. The Club Programme has come to an end after 20 years. Instead we have the Club Handbook written and produced by Trevor Phillips. We would be delighted to welcome spectators to our ground and if there are any budding cricketers looking for a new Club please contact Peter Tapper on 01590 674660.



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