TAPPER ALMOST SNATCHES VICTORY FROM THE JAWS OF DEFEAT
Acting captain Neil Trestrail won the toss and invited Calmore to bat due to the wicket having had some rain on it during the week. The Lymington opening bowlers Christian Pain and Mike West bowled tightly with the latter picking up a couple of wickets and after 23 overs Calmore were 86 for 3. However ex-Hampshire pro James Hibberd (84) and D Rouse( 22) repaired the damage and Lymington missing the spin duo of Glyn Treagus (away with Dorset) and Danny Peacock (moving to Rutland) had to rely on their own county player seasoned Peter Tapper (albeit the Hampshire over 50's) for his guile and spin. Calmore continued to increase the run rate and finished on 255 for 9 off their 50 overs with James Rose 40 not out. Mike West (12 overs 3 for 42) and Karl Whatham (12 overs 3 for 53) were the pick of the bowlers.
In reply Martin Hunt (7) and Karl Whatham (34) started steadily and put on 40 off 11 overs but both were dismissed close together followed by 4 quick wickets with Charlie Freeston (12 overs 6 maidens 3 for 11) bowling an impeccable line a lesson to the Lymington bowlers who had conceded 14 wides. At 57 for 6 in the 23rd over the writing was on the wall but enter Lymington legend Peter Tapper to spoil the party who together with Ian Young (19) and Bryn Darbyshire (15) took the score to 191 for 7 in the 41 st over. Unfortunately the latter was caught on the boundary going for another 6 shortly followed by almost hero Peter Tapper (84) including 10 4's and 2 6's also caught on the boundary. Had he made his richly deserved century and won the match he could well have been the oldest Premier League centurion and topic of yet another legendary tale. Having been in sight of an unlikely victory Lymington were all out for 205.
After a promising start to the season and being title contenders Lymington's season has somewhat fallen away and now reads 8 wins and 5 losses having been 5 and 0. There is one match left away at struggling St Cross and this will be team captain's Danny Peacock final match before he moves up North to Rutland with his wife and new baby. Danny will be sadly missed but it is hopeful that some of the promising youngsters in the club will mature and be challenging for a 1st team spot next year as well as some of the current younger members of the team.